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The Time Machine
The Time Machine
Actors: Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Doug Jones, Phyllida Law, Lenny Loftin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2002     1hr 36min



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Actors: Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Doug Jones, Phyllida Law, Lenny Loftin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Futuristic
Studio: Dreamworks Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/23/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Mark L. (Dragonlew) from MEMPHIS, TN
Reviewed on 4/17/2016...
This was an "OK" movie. Great effects. But it will never take the place as the original version. The original version is a much better movie than this one. The original is just a classic and newer versions cannot meet up with the standards of the originals. But do watch this one, and see what you think after you see the original one that was made back in 1960 with Rod Taylor.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sharon H. from LANCASTER, PA
Reviewed on 2/19/2014...
I loved this movie! For me, it was much better than the original one that was done a long time ago. I loved the differences between the old movie and the new. It was the same genre with something different to keep you watching!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
John B. (FilmFanwithCat) from MENLO PARK, CA
Reviewed on 1/19/2013...
Samantha Mumba stands out as The Romantic , Heart-throb of this movie.
You don't know anything about Her , do You?
Look over at the Info on Her "My Space" page.
i wish some Bright director would re-discover Her.
She does some great movements and facial expressions to compliment
her acting , here.(Her brother,in real-life,plays Her som, in this movie.)
Sure, it's a variant "Twist" from H.G. Wells Classic,
but it does well to UpDate The Legacy for the 2000's.
Jeremy Irons ~~~i Love this Man~~~ is an especially Graceful
,Polite, charming, and brilliant Leader of this Future, in 802,000AD.
Who will create "The Time Machine" for the 2010s?
Saturday January 19th 2013 @ 1:31am~~~
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ronald S. (Tony)
Reviewed on 3/8/2011...
It was a good movie, but not as good as the original. This pretty much sums up all of the remakes that are being made. With all the material that is available there just is no need to remake these original classics. The movie industry needs to get busy and quit being so lazy. Maybe someone needs to find another occupation, because this one is not working out for them.
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Look Ma, No Hands!
tvtv3 | Sorento, IL United States | 03/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've been reading some fairly negative reviews of this movie in newspapers and magazines throughout the country. Very seldom do those critics get it right. THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells really doesn't make that great of a movie if one stays true to the text. After all, H.G. Wells' book was more a commentary on society than a science fiction novel. With that said, THE TIME MACHINE movie directed by Simon Wells is a rocking adventure, full of excitement.The movie stars Guy Pierce (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, MEMENTO) as Alexander Hartdegen. Hartdegen is a professor at Columbia University and among several eccentricies contains a correspondence with German clerk, Albert Einstein. Hartdegen has an interest in all things mechanical and a strange fascination with time. However, it takes an overwhelming tragedy to focus Hartdegen's energies into building a time machine. He travels into the past and future, but a knock on the head causes him to travel 800,000 years farther into the future than he planned. There he discovers two races of men: the peaceful Eloi, and the cannabilistic Morlocks. Alex is faced with a choice and his decision will affect all of time.Simon Wells has done a good job of putting together an action packed science fiction adventure. It is true that the movie does not much resemble his great-grandfather's novel. However, Simon Wells did not write the script. He just had an opportunity to work on something and have a family connection.Anyway, the movie is fairly fast paced and though it does not try to explain time travel (such as the great BACK TO THE FUTURE) and has a few plot holes, the movie is still enjoyable. It's a nice piece of mind candy."
Good........strange at times, but good.
Erik Morton | Carmel, CA United States | 03/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Rather than the trailers and the movie poster suggests, this is a mix of adventure, fantasy, and drama, instead of just pure action. It doesn't have a whole lot to do with the H.G. Wells book (which is also excellent), except for the main plot line, about a man who invents a Time Machine and travels 800,000 years (or somewhere around there) into the future and discovers a race of peaceful beings called the Eloi, who are terrorized by the brutal, cannabalistic mutant-like race the Morlocks. But it wasn't the director's (Simon Wells, the great-grandson of H.G. Wells himself) intention to go directly by the book. And this new version adds some very fresh (and very pleasing) plot twists; for instance, it actually gives the scientist a practical, and very moving, reason to build the Time Machine in the first place. The movie also gives us some very well-hidden morals/warnings of human arrogance and our ever-growing thirst for knowledge and power, and that it may infact destroy us in the end; and also, that love and life comes first, not science, a lesson Guy Pierce learns the hard way in the end. Guy Pierce does an excellent job, by the way, as the scientist. And so does Orlando Jones as the looney computer library database who utters the hillarious words " 'The Time Machine' was written by H.G. Wells, turned into a motion picture in 1960, and later became a musical. Would you like to hear a selection of the soundtrack?", and then starts singing "There's A Place Called Tomorrow". (That's the joke, by the way; it was never even thought of being made into a musical!) Jeremy Irons' role as the Morlock leader feels somewhat waisted, however, even though he's trying his sinister best. The special-effects and backgrounds are a plus, too. And an A++++ for Klaus Badelt for providing the excellent music; I must get the soundtrack. I might see it again, actually, maybe with my dad who hasn't seen it yet. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was, as it said in the title: it can get really strange at times, especially near the end; all my friends say that Jeremy Irons is simply the leader of the Morlocks and let Guy Pierce go just because he was being nice (!), but I just know that there's a bigger, more complex relationship between the two. Maybe my dad will understand when he sees it. I can't believe all the critics bombed this (the "GO" gave it 1-1/2 stars, those morons). "The Time Machine" is a must see for any science-fiction fan. You might want to go rent the original 1960 movie, too.....just for fun."
Glitzier Does Not Mean Better
Martin Asiner | jersey city, nj United States | 08/10/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It may be unfair, but a remake of a hit movie must always be compared to the original. The 1960 original of THE TIME MACHINE was a deserved hit. The 2002 version may be a treat for the eyes, but unfortunately, not for the brain. Part of the problem is that Simon Wells, the great-grandson of H. G. Wells, directed the movie as if he were more entranced with dazzling special effects (and dazzling they are) than with bringing out a believable, fully fleshed series of characters. In 1960, director George Pal wisely kept the focus squarely on the hero's adventures and why he helped the human Eloi. In 2002, Simon Wells clearly loved the image of leaping, loping half-humans that he had seen in previous sci-fi movies. The supporting cast in the age of the time traveler (David Pearce) did not do very much to point out his character. His girlfiend Emma (Sienna Guillory) was in the film only to motivate him to build a time machine to alter the past to avoid her death. One would think that such a clumsy device would not be sufficient by itself to galvanize the time traveller. In the original, Rod Taylor's scientific curiosity with time was quite sufficient a motivation.
The real hero of the movie is the special effects co-ordinator. The images of one day melding into the next are memorable. Further, the appearance of the Morlocks as a cross between man and fish stuns the senses. Jeremy Irons disappoints as the Morlocks leader. As Irons pontificates on the split between Eloi and Morlocks, the viewer can see under the pasty-white makeup and hear the Irons from DIE HARD III lecturing Bruce Willis on similar such claptrap. Further, the ending, which I shall not divulge here, is an incomprehensible mess of weird logic unconnected to resulting effect. What emerges by the end of the film is the growing realization that Simon Wells ought to have paid less attention to being different from his forebear and more attention to a director who knew how to weave a magical spell that would not get lost in the techo wizardry that passes for the cutting edge in computer special effects."