The Time Machine – 2002

September 30th, 2008

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In 2002, Simon Wells brought his famous ancestor’s beloved story to the silver screen. This was Hollywood’s second-attempt to interpret the time travel story on film. Although the film did not do as well as expected, it has had its share of fans over the past few years. With a renewed interest of science fiction as is being seen, this movie will prove that it can stand the test of time.

The film departs very radically from the plot of the novel. In the movie, a time-traveler named Alexander builds a time machine to go back in time to stop his love from being murdered. Yet, as he uses his machine, he comes to the ultimate reality that the past cannot be changed and that we can only live in the present. Although the metaphors for society and mankind are still in the film as they were in the original, they are toned-down in favor of very complex visual effects and action sequences.

HG Wells, while he would have preferred a more strict interpretation of his novel than what was put on-screen, he should have been happy that his story has taken on many different interpretations. Since the story lasted this long, this truly proves Wells’ true accomplishment as a writer and story-teller. The ultimate message you will get from this film is that the future is the only place to look. Looking into the past does nothing for anyone. Instead, we can only look ahead to what our destiny holds.

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