Netflix’s See You Yesterday Combines Social Commentary with Time Travel

Coming to Netflix next month, See You Yesterday certainly isn’t your typical sci-fi time travel flick. On its surface it seems like a couple of genius teens will get into trouble after creating time traveling backpacks. But the basis for the film is actually much more and socially aware than that.

The plot of See You Yesterday revolves around the unjust killing of C.J.’s older brother, Calvin. Stopped by the police for seemingly no reason, Calvin is shot when officers mistake his cellphone for a weapon. C.J. and her friends then become determined to finish the time travel experimentation they began in an effort to save Calvin from his tragic death.

Netflix’s official description for the movie reads “High school best friends and science prodigies C.J. and Sebastian spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. But when C.J.’s older brother Calvin dies after an encounter with police officers, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a desperate bid to save Calvin.”

As you watch the See You Yesterday trailer, it’s evident that C.J. and Sebastian have limited trips to the past that they can attempt to rectify Calvin’s death. However, each time that they jump back seems to introduce another element from the universe preventing the duo from altering Calvin’s untimely loss.

The film comes to us from first time director, Stefon Bristol. Spike Lee is a producer on the project that was written by Bristol and Fredrica Bailey. The cast consists of Eden Duncan-Smith, Danté Crichlow, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Brian “Stro” Bradley, Johnathan Nieves, Wavyy Jonez, Myra Lucretia Taylor, and Ron Bobb Semple.

The world will get a first look at See You Yesterday when it premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 3rd. It then begins streaming exclusively on Netflix as of May 17th. For other sci-fi offerings coming later this year, take a gander at our full list of 2019 movies. And for our full section dedicated to Netflix coverage, you can find that here.

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