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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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0 to 800,000 years in 1.2 seconds. See more »

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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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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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A picture of H.G. Wells is visible in Alexander's house in several shots. See more »


When Alexander goes into the far future (635,427,810 AD), there are palms/ferns waving in the breeze behind him. When the camera angle changes to show us what he is witnessing, the whole area is void of vegetation. Even behind or next to the Time Machine. See more »


Alexander Hartdegen: You were right, Philby. We did go too far.
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References The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) See more »


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We 4 hard critics actually liked this film! Great music, and more...
11 May 2002 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The four of us are in the 40 - 50 age range, and we are fairly tough what we like and do not like in films. It was Friday night and we wanted entertainment. We read the comments below - mostly, but not all negative - and decided to take a gamble. Arriving at the cinema, we were prepared for a bad movie but hoping for 'a good relaxing time'. Well, we *did* like this film! Not a top box office smash or even an 8 out of 10, but entertaining nevertheless. The MUSIC was superb. ACTING was fine. HISTORIC life portrayed in old Cambridge Massachusetts was realistic - even the snow and cold weather was real. The ROMANCE was acceptable. The STORY, while not closely following H G Well, was good enough. The SPECIAL EFFECTS were very good indeed. It is worth a gamble, to see this film. But go with a light heart and an acceptable frame of mind, and keep your expectations below that of a 10 out of 10 film.

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