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Jacob's Paradox (2015)

In one tragic night, Quantum Physics Professor Jacob Matthews loses his wife...his everything. What he does to get her back will bring him to the edge of madness.


Michael Peake, David James (co-director)


Michael Peake
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Mindy Heithaus Mindy Heithaus ... Professor Andrea Montgomery
Amber Lynn Potter Amber Lynn Potter ... Jaime Matthews
Amanda Miller ... Sarah Matthews
Nate England Nate England ... Burglar
Geoff Tate Geoff Tate ... Mr. Scott
Alayna Mielke Alayna Mielke ... Waitress
Marcus B. Jackson ... Student (as Marcus Jackson)
Chuck Beatty Chuck Beatty ... Hotel Clerk
Elizabeth Landis Elizabeth Landis ... Student
Wyatt Wyatt ... Jaime's dog
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Myra Zimmerman Grubbs ... Bar patron
Keith Kar Keith Kar ... Gregory Anderson
Greg Long Greg Long ... Student
Michael Peake Michael Peake ... Jacob Matthews
Kat Pérez ... Student


From the writer and producer of the award winning short film, A Handful of Pennies, Michael Peake has created a gripping story that asks the question: How far would you go to change the past? Professor of Quantum Physics, Jacob Matthews, is faced with such a question. After suffering the loss of his murdered wife, Sarah, Jacob's life begins to tailspin out of control. Unable to perform his duties, he's asked to take a leave of absence from his position with the University. Soon after, Jacob locks himself in his home, shut off from the outside world. There, in his solitude, he begins a dangerous and maddening journey to go back and save his beloved Sarah.

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Release Date:

May 2015 (USA) See more »


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$15,000 (estimated)
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Plum St. Productions See more »
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Due to a very low budget, Jacob's Paradox was shot on weekends over a 12 month period, and edited over another 12 month period. The ambitious project included over a dozen locations with a cast, crew and volunteer force of almost 100 people. See more »

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Too long for too little content
3 July 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Running to over 30 minutes long, this time-travel drama sees a quantum physician struggling with the murder of his wife – and in particular the fact that he was not there to try to prevent it happening. Early in the film we hear him speak of the paradox of someone going back in time and killing their own grandfather, thus preventing himself being born, and thus preventing him traveling back to commit the murder that caused him not to be born. Once we hear these few things, we all pretty much know what page we are on regarding this short – and it is a matter of 'when' will Jacob try to go back to save his wife, rather than 'if'.

And 'when' is a valid question with this 'short film', because it really does take its time to getting to where it needs to be. This is not in itself a bad thing, if it can support the time, but in this case it doesn't seem able to. The emotions are played out too slowly and repeatedly, and some of the dialogue scenes give too much description and airtime to things that could have been delivered with much more of a subtle touch with less. In the end when the film eventually does get to the time-machine, even the reveal and use of this drags out for what seems like 5 minutes; again totally unnecessary. The conclusion does come with a certain impact, but by this point I had really lost interest and connection with the story.

It is a shame because it is pretty impressive as a short in other ways, and they made a lot out of little money it seems; but the poor pacing, and the lack of really sharp material to fill the time does ultimately hurt it as a whole.

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