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Based on the book by Terry Pratchett, the adventure begins for thirteen-year-old Johnny Maxwell and his four friends when they come to the aid of eccentric homeless woman, Mrs Tachyon, and are left minding her trolley full of black bags while she is hospitalised. When the children later visit her in hospital, Mrs Tachyon lets them into the secret that her black bags-- or 'Bags of Time-- are special and can be used to create a gateway to the past. The five youngsters end up during the Blitz where fun and games turn serious when they quickly realise the prejudices of the era. But when they return to their own time, the gang discover they have somehow changed history as a result Johnny's grandmother died in a bombing as a teenage girl meaning Johnny's mother and, in turn, himself were never born. The children are now in a race to fix the path in order to save the future but can they succeed before the bombs start falling...? Written by
Matthew Beard, who portrays Young Tom Maxwell also portrayed the main character Tom in 'An Angel for May (2002)', a movie very similar to this one. Tom was a modern boy who found himself going back in time to England during World War II. See more »
Very watchable kid's movie about traveling in time to do a good deed, and the problems you might run into along the way. The kid's are amusing and well intentioned, the story is well done, the production values are high.
I watched this with my 7-year-old son, who took time off from planning the overthrow of a world ruled by adults, and he enjoyed it quite a bit. The part he liked most was that the kids were busily trying to save the adults from their own foibles; the idea of kids knowing better than adults is near and dear to every young child's heart.
There is some humor at work here along with the kid's serious quest to right some wrongs, and the optimistic message that good intentions and a will to make things right will succeed in the end. That's a good message for kids, and probably for adults, too.
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