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Jan. 30, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Just when you thought Robert Downey, Jr. couldn't be any cooler, the IRON MAN 3 star surprises you with something original that makes your day. Granted, this little treat is a few years old, but it goes to show that Downey has always been a kooky and talented guy, despite his career ups and downs.

This 12 minute short is essentially a commercial for Volvo, but in the hands of director Stephen Frears, it becomes a lot more than just an advertisement. Featuring Robert Downey Jr, Robert Downey Jr, Robert Downey Jr, and well, you get the idea, this film, titled "The Route V50", is a riddle wrapped in a time travel paradox wrapped in a mindf*ck.

Do yourself a favor and watch the movie straight through to get the main timeline, then go back and watch it a second and maybe third round to see if you can tie everything back. Like a great episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, this little movie will make your brain explode in all the right ways.

Extra Tidbit: Thanks to Jed Vassallo for the heads up!
Source: YouTube

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1:15AM on 02/01/2013
Oh wow, I cant believe this is SIX years old!
Oh wow, I cant believe this is SIX years old!
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10:44PM on 01/31/2013
Groundhog Day meets 2001 A Space Odyssey
Groundhog Day meets 2001 A Space Odyssey
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12:36PM on 01/31/2013
this is what being in the movie business should be all about...
what a wonderful short film
this is what being in the movie business should be all about...
what a wonderful short film
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6:51AM on 01/31/2013

Very very cool

Great find...that was worth the 12 minutes!
Great find...that was worth the 12 minutes!
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8:10PM on 01/30/2013
Come to think of it, "Due Date" may have been a better film if it was about Robert Downey Jr on a road trip with Robert Downey Jr.
Come to think of it, "Due Date" may have been a better film if it was about Robert Downey Jr on a road trip with Robert Downey Jr.
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5:34PM on 01/30/2013
Reminded me of Alan Wake.
I'd love to see where Robert at the end of his journey bumps into Robert at the beginning of his journey to pass him the photo.
Reminded me of Alan Wake.
I'd love to see where Robert at the end of his journey bumps into Robert at the beginning of his journey to pass him the photo.
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5:31PM on 01/30/2013
Cool short. It reminded me of the movie "Timecrimes".
Cool short. It reminded me of the movie "Timecrimes".
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5:13PM on 01/30/2013
That was pretty damn cool. Makes me wish that I came up with something as clever and entertaining.
That was pretty damn cool. Makes me wish that I came up with something as clever and entertaining.
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5:06PM on 01/30/2013
That was a fun study on time travel. Very Cool to see RDJ do something small like that. I must say though, I think it would be better without any of the voice-over.
That was a fun study on time travel. Very Cool to see RDJ do something small like that. I must say though, I think it would be better without any of the voice-over.
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4:38PM on 01/30/2013

Inspiring short

These kinds of shorts always give me hope that I could write and direct something great with no budget.
These kinds of shorts always give me hope that I could write and direct something great with no budget.
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5:28PM on 01/30/2013
Couldn't agree more!
Couldn't agree more!
4:30PM on 01/30/2013

First photo

How did he get the photo in the first place? This is incomplete, i demand a sequel!

Great video, thanks for the post
How did he get the photo in the first place? This is incomplete, i demand a sequel!

Great video, thanks for the post
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5:04PM on 01/30/2013
Its a time-loop. There never was a first photo, and there will never be a last one. Circles don't have beginnings.
Its a time-loop. There never was a first photo, and there will never be a last one. Circles don't have beginnings.
9:06PM on 01/30/2013
A time loop would mean that the character in the end would end up becoming to character in the beginning, which they dont explain. We expect Downey to have arrived in town, jump into a time loop paradox, and when he gives the keys to his past self, leave the paradox and move on with his life.

There needs to be an element that lets him physically give or find the photograph that leads him there.
A time loop would mean that the character in the end would end up becoming to character in the beginning, which they dont explain. We expect Downey to have arrived in town, jump into a time loop paradox, and when he gives the keys to his past self, leave the paradox and move on with his life.

There needs to be an element that lets him physically give or find the photograph that leads him there.
6:53AM on 01/31/2013
Love these time loop debates....I only watched it once, so this may be off, but the photo, the car, the backpack, the jacket...they all exist inside the time loop. But the photo itself is created in the time loop...grr...gotta go back and watch it.
Love these time loop debates....I only watched it once, so this may be off, but the photo, the car, the backpack, the jacket...they all exist inside the time loop. But the photo itself is created in the time loop...grr...gotta go back and watch it.