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
The Time Machine itself was the biggest and most expensive prop ever to be built for a movie at the time. See more »
At the beginning of the film, which is set in 1899, Alex talks to Filby about his correspondence with patent clerk Albert Einstein. However, Einstein was still in school and did not become a patent clerk until 1902. See more »
Aside from a few good CGI moments, this movie is a total disaster. Guy Pearce continues his tradition of playing smug, arrogant intellectuals tormented by some cliché painful loss. He's had his moments (L.A. Confidential, Memento) but here he's insufferable. The plot's deviations from the original story turn one of the more prophetic science fiction novels of its age into a ludicrous muppet show that resembles 80's-era Sci-Fi clunkers like 'The Beastmaster' and 'Conan the Barbarian.' With the exception of Pearce (a smug jerk, but a pretty good actor), the performances are atrocious. It's a real shame, because the potential was there for a superb sci-fi saga. But make no mistake--this film is total garbage. Don't waste your time.
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