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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 »
3,180 ( 361)
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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The first stop that Hartdegen makes in the future is marked as May 24, 2030. See more »


Most, if not all of the structures built in New York City around Alexander's former home on East 60th street are not present during the zoom out section of the 1899-2030 time travel sequence. Some of these structures include the Plaza Hotel, The Metropolitan Club, The Pierre, Hotel Sherry-Netherland, Ritz Tower, and Rockefeller Center. See more »


Über-Morlock: You built your time machine because of Emma's death. If she had lived, it would never have existed. So how could you use your machine to go back in time and save her? You are the inescapable result of your tragedy, just as I am the inescapable result of you. You have your answer. Now go.
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »


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Gorgeous science fiction and fantasy movie based on H.G. Wells classic novel
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 watchable in Alexander's house in several shots . Before being filmed by George Pal/Byron Haskin with starring Rod Taylor , Sebastian Cabot , Whit Bissel, and Alan Young who has a tiny role in this second version , 2002 . Here the star results to be 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 is occasionally got frustrated when he wasn't allowed to go the appointed place and he was ahead at future world where the evil Morlocks inhabit and rule over the good Eloi . There Guy 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 entertaining enough . Originally scheduled for December 2001 , the release was modified to March 2002 because of a decision whether to change a scene involving a visible meteor shower which fell on New York . The financers were concerned that such a scene may stir records of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center . It provides an interesting and adequate adaptation by prestigious screen-writer John Logan , co-producer too , who equally wrote the Eloi language .

Guy Pearce stars the main role giving a cool acting , he even did most of his own stunts . In fact , Guy Pearce broke a rib and suffered wounds during the shooting 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 delivers a humorous acting , as always . The cinematography by cameraman Donald McAlpine and musical score by composer 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 twenty days of shooting , as Simon Wells was suffering from real exhaustion and extreme stress ; later on , Wells went back for post-production . Rating: 7 , entertaining and charming remake . 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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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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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