In a fun turn, the trailer for the film, released this summer, inspired an app designer, Ryan Boyling, to reproduce the demonic watch for real. Yes, it has a usage agreement. No, he doesn`t really know when you`re dying (at least I hope). But just like in the film, “countdown” went viral; It is currently the number one entertainment app on the Apple App Store. After avoiding getting into a car with her drunk friend Evan, Courtney receives a notification that she has broken the “user contract.” When she returns home, she is attacked and killed by an invisible entity when her timer reaches zero. However, by cancelling its plans, it breaks the user`s agreement with the application. This part of the plot is not very well explained. But if you break the conditions by not going where you need to go for your death, then a demon comes after you to kill you instead. Quinn announces a plan to leave with her younger sister Jordan and her father before she is informed that she has breached the user agreement. She researches the app, learns from Courtney, and that similar things have happened to other users of the app, but they are considered false. In a panic, she buys a new phone, but discovers that the countdown app has entered. After being attacked by a demonic character, she meets Matt, whose countdown says he`s going to die a few hours before Quinn.
A priest they consulted, Father John, identified the demon as Ozhin. He theorizes that the curse can be broken if someone dies before their countdown ends or lives after. They prepare a war circle to protect them from Ozhin`s attacks, but Matt is lured and killed by the Ozhinians who took the form of his younger brother. The film relies a lot on scary music to tell the audience when they should be afraid – which for me is an explored horror movie. If the only thing that is scary in the scene is the sound effect, then don`t do it properly. As for what the mid-credits scene adds to the countdown, it doesn`t work to set up the sequel and seems to be a final bit of entertainment – another leaping terror – for the audience. This makes sense because at the end of the movie, there is a sequel setup in which Quinn receives a 2.0 countdown notification. It remains to be seen whether another film will be shot in this universe. Countdown reviews have been largely negative, but if the film turns out to be a box office hit, maybe a sequel will get the go-ahead.
It is not known what a countdown would mean if Quinn would again oppose the application. Whatever happens, it`s clear that Derek won`t be back after the events of the countdown scene. But as the film says, she probably could have avoided all these problems if she had just read the usage agreement. “I`m afraid of what technology does to us,” he says. “We are separating in this race to establish a bond. We`re texting and texting. We`re not here. I go to events and I see people recording phones, more interested that people know they are there to have likes. I don`t think it helps them convince people that you`re doing the right thing. This isn`t the first time the film has done strange upside-down body things to try to scare you. It takes place in a stairwell of the hospital, where a young man sees the back body of his dead girlfriend sprinting him. (ew) He falls down the stairs in death. Whether it was because he was afraid or because the demon pushed him, it is not very clear.
Anyway, at the beginning of the movie, it`s clear that Courtney`s going to die that night. She gets in the car with her boyfriend, apparently too drunk. She then decides she`s leaving and when she goes out, she gets a notification from the countdown app saying she violated the usage agreement. The user agreement says that we must accept our destiny and not be able to use the knowledge of the application to try to change it, or we are being chased by the demon Ozhin.