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The Time Machine (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action  |  8 March 2002 (USA)
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Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.



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Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter - and the hunted. Written by Tim1370

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La máquina del tiempo  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,610,437 (USA) (8 March 2002)


$4,156,558 (Japan) (9 August 2002)

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The film's trailer used music from Stargate (1994) and Stargate SG-1 (1997). See more »


It is impossible for the moon to remain in scattered fragments after such a long time as 800,000 years. By that time, gravity would have caused the fragments to fall back together into one contiguous moon or to form a ring around the Earth. However, the later shot of the moon in the far-flung future shows that it is continuing to fracture, indicating that the detonation that cased it to fragment in the first place was much deeper than simply a few stray fragments, and the stretching between the two time periods shows that the pieces are becoming the aforementioned ring. See more »


Jogger: Hey.
Alexander Hartdegen: Hello.
Jogger: Nice suit. Very retro.
Alexander Hartdegen: Thank you.
Jogger: Bet that makes a hell of a cappuccino. That thing.
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References Schindler's List (1993) See more »


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Excellent Movie
23 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have just recently seen this movie and enjoyed it very much. I had seen the older one a few years back in school and have read the book at least twice. The modernization of the past movie and book makes this movie very enjoyable, especially if you have seen the old version and/or read the book. I highly recommend this movie to everyone. The movie and other versions of it, I feel, should all be seen. This is because I found it very intriguing seeing the advancement from how the world was when H.G. Wells wrote the novel to the movie that was made years later. The movie made in 2002 enhances H.G. Wells version and the version in 1960. When H.G. Wells wrote the novel he didn't know anything about space travel and computers. Incorporating these ideas in the newer version makes the movie spectacular.

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