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Countdown, and the joy of the basic horror film

It's a film about an app that tells you when you're going to die. By rights, it should be awful. And yet...

By Caspar Salmon  

It's an... app that kills people? Photo: STXfilms

Transparently emanating from a desperate late-night brainstorm sesh, Countdown tells the story of some young people who download an app that, like, tells you when you’re going to die? The briskness with which the film goes about the process of setting up that ludicrous premise is stunning: the opening scene takes place at a party where a bunch of youths come across the application, quickly work out what it means, and are spooked out when it tells one of them that she will die…

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