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30 Years to Life (1998)

Nightworld: 30 Years to Life (original title)
In the near future, instead of being sent to prison criminals are aged for the number of years the system feels is adequate to the crime they committed. Vincent Dawson is a 15 year old, ... See full summary »

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Michael Tuchner

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Shawn Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hays ... Vincent Dawson
Hugh O'Conor ... Vinnie Dawson
Amy Robbins Amy Robbins ... Darla
Mirabelle Kirkland Mirabelle Kirkland ... Gweneth
Christien Anholt ... Derek
Gabrielle Lazure ... Kate
Jana Shelden Jana Shelden ... Norreen
Zoot Lynam Zoot Lynam ... Kyle
Doug Haley ... Ben
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Detective Sidney
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Sandor
Michael Shannon ... Graham (as Michael J. Shannon)
Michael Byrne ... Oliver Mather
Josie D'Arby ... Lucy (as Josephine D'Arby)
Kenny Seymour Kenny Seymour ... Manager
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Storyline

In the near future, instead of being sent to prison criminals are aged for the number of years the system feels is adequate to the crime they committed. Vincent Dawson is a 15 year old, whose late father was a musician who didn't exactly make it and died tragically. Vinnie hopes to be a musician too but his step-father is not very supportive, and when they have a violent argument, his step-father is killed and he is the prime suspect and evidence is found against him. He is sentenced to be aged 30 years. Now, as a 15 year old trapped in a 45 year old body, he sets to prove his innocence and hopefully the procedure could be reversed. Written by Anonymous

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

30 Years to Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Michael Byrne's character "Oliver Mather" is shown on the cover of a newspaper in one scene, and the photo of him is the exact same one as his official photo on the IMDb. See more »

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Unique and interesting idea, but mediocre execution
3 November 2019 | by SnootzSee all my reviews

The idea of aging someone as punishment for crime is unique and interesting. Unfortunately they didn't look further into that aspect of the story, only barely touching on the potential problems in the most cliche manner (process questionable, side effects, etc). They don't really get much into the psychological or ethical implications, which would have made a far more interesting movie.

Instead this is strictly a made-for-TV murder mystery done in the most mundane and mediocre manner. Acting is passable but unremarkable. Directing is invisible, as characters do exactly what they're expected to do and the story goes where other murder mysteries have gone before.

In short, it's blase with nothing to stand out save the premise. I almost gave it a 5-star "mediocre" rating, but had to drop it a star for failing to meet potential. Given the premise it could have been a much better film. Instead it doesn't even qualify as a decent murder mystery. However, it might possibly serve as a cure for insomnia.


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