Do you love time loops?
Here's the elevator pitch for this movie: Groundhog Day meets Source Code meets Edge of Tomorrow. We're in!
The film opens with our very buff-looking hero Renton (Robbie Amell, from the CW's short-lived time-travel series The Tomorrow People) and his companion Hannah (Rachael Taylor of Netflix's Jessica Jones) getting a harsh wake-up call from a gang of gun-toting goons in gas masks. While trying to escape, Renton falls down some stairs and... wakes up back in the same bed with Hannah. Then the same goons interrupt our hero's morning again, only this time he's prepared and tries to kill the bad dudes. This ploy ends with Renton getting shot and... waking up in the same bed again, just before the goon squad arrives again.
What's causing the loop? It turns out that, besides getting in a workout every day, Renton is the inventor of the ARQ of the title, which Hannah helpfully describes as "an unlimited energy machine that also produces unlimited time." The machine looks like the world's most expensive metal rolling pin. It seems that, according to Renton, the bad guys "want the ARQ for their war machine," but every time he re-spawns like a video-game character at the same time and in the same location, he learns that people around him are not who they appear to be.
If you like your sci-fi movies packed with jargon (e.g., ARQ stands for "arcing recursive quine"), frantic running, and a solid twist every 15 minutes, ARQ will be comfort food. It's perfect for your friend who owns the complete Sarah Connor Chronicles on Blu-ray. Like the big machine the movie gets its title from, the plot keeps spinning at maximum efficiency. Live. Die. Repeat.