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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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La máquina del tiempo  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$4,156,558 (Japan) (9 August 2002)
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When the Vox says "Live long and prosper," it holds up its hand with the fingers in a "V" and the thumb next to the index finger. The Vulcan sign is properly done with the thumb away from the index finger so the hand makes more of a "W" shape. The salute is actually for the Hebrew letter Shin which has three points, not two. Leonard Nimoy (who is Jewish) saw the sign given during a Hebrew ritual and used it years later when an "exotic" sign was called for in his Star Trek role. See more »

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Über-Morlock: Who are you to question 800,000 years... of evolution?
Alexander Hartdegen: This is, this is a perversion of every natural law.
Über-Morlock: [grabs him by the throat] And what is time travel but your pathetic attempted to try to control the world around you? Your futile effort to have a question answered? You think I don't know you, Alexander? I can look inside your memories, your nightmares, your dreams. You're a man haunted by those two most terrible words: What if?
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Enjoyable Romp Through Time
10 March 2002 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed The Time Machine and its focus on simplicity and special effect instead of heavy time travel contradictions and fancy plots. This movie was straight backwards and forwards dealing with materialism and love - straight and simple. This was a feel good movie in a time (our time) of confusion, fear, and war. Too many critics looked for something really deep, tried to tear it apart because of its apparent lack of scientific continuity. But really the essence of this movie was human relationships and I thought the movie it made its point even though it took 800,000 years to do it. I felt with the characters. The only real problem I had was how a language could be kept so pure after so many years - of course they may have had help from a local library.


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