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The Time Machine (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 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.


Simon Wells


H.G. Wells (novel), David Duncan (earlier screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Alexander Hartdegen
Mark Addy ... David Philby
Phyllida Law ... Mrs. Watchit
Sienna Guillory ... Emma
Laura Kirk ... Flower Seller
Josh Stamberg ... Motorist
John W. Momrow John W. Momrow ... Fifth Avenue Carriage Driver
Max Baker ... Robber
Jeffrey M. Meyer Jeffrey M. Meyer ... Central Park Carriage Driver
Jeremy Irons ... Über-Morlock
Alan Young ... Flower Store Worker
Myndy Crist ... Jogger
Connie Ray ... Teacher
Orlando Jones ... Vox
Lennie Loftin ... Soldier #1


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He was searching for the answer to his past. He became a hero for the future. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,610,437, 10 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,684,819, 19 May 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guy Pearce broke a rib during the filming when he tackled the Morlock from the side. 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 »


Über-Morlock: We weren't always like this. After the Moon fell from the sky, the Earth could no longer sustain the species. Some managed to stay above. The rest of us fled underground. Then centuries later when we tried to re-emerge into the Sun again, we couldn't. So, we bred ourselves into castes.
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


by Klaus Badelt
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Gorgeous science fiction and fantasy movie based on H.G. Wells classic
28 June 2004 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Well written and produced film , it is an acceptable rendition from H.G.Wells novel . In fact , a picture of H.G. Wells is visible in Alexander's house in several shots . Before being filmed by George Pal/Byron Haskin with starring Rod Taylor , and Sebastian Cabot, Whit Bissel, and Alan Young who has a tiny role in this second version, 2002 . Here the star is Guy Pearce who gives a good playing . The film deals with time travel because his girlfriend played by Sienna Guillory has been killed and Guy Pearce who invents a device tries to go back in time with the aim to reborn her . His travel machine to transport him within the dimensions of time and ahead at future world , But the time travel machine was ahead at future world where inhabit the evil Morlocks who rule over the good Eloi . There Pearce lives dangerous and frustrating experiences. As he travels forward into time , it reveals a dark and dangerous society.

This exciting movie mingles noisy adventures , franctic action , a love story , drama , breathtaking special effects and it results to be very amusing . Originally scheduled for December 2001 , the release was bumped to March 2002 because of a decision whether to remove a scene involving a meteor shower which crippled New York . The producers were concerned that such a scene may stir memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center . Interesting adaptation by prestigious John Logan , also co-producer , who equally wrote the Eloi language .

Guy Pearce stars the main role giving a cool acting . He did most of his own stunts , and occasionally got frustrated when he wasn't allowed to do a few . In fact , Guy Pearce broke a rib during the filming when he tackled the Morlock from the side . The support cast is agreeable , singer Samantha Mumba is nice , Mark Addy is fine , Jeremy Irons plays an incredible villain person and Orlando Jones performs a a humorous acting , as always . The cinematography by Donald McAlpine and musical score by Klaus Badlet are excellent , direction by Simon Welles (H.G.Wells'descendant) is first-rate . However , Gore Verbinski was brought in to take over the last 18 days of shooting, as Simon Wells was suffering from "extreme exhaustion" ; later on , Wells returned for post-production . Rating: 7 , entertaining and charming .Better than average , the picture contains all the ingredients that make it a good Sci-fi movie . It's still highly amusing and maintains its sense of wonder.

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