Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Victor Slezak, Caprice Benedetti, Vince Grant, Bruce Campbell, Barry Corbin
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
When a time-traveler from the future journeys to the past to stop the assassination of JFK, the world embarks on an extraordinary new course of history. Bobby Kennedy seeks out those who attempted to kill his brother, Jack... more »
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John S. Ryan | Silver Lake, OH | 05/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Have you wondered why manned space missions just petered out after we got to the moon? Do you suspect things might have been different if JFK hadn't died in 1963?
Well, according to this extremely thoughtful direct-to-video SF movie, you're right. See, a guy comes back from the future and prevents JFK's assassination, and the result is . . . well, that's the movie, so I'd better not spoil anything for you.
As has been noted, the film does jump around. But it's not confusing at all; in fact it's extraordinarily well handled. The jumping around is part of the process of exposition, and that's where most of the drama in the film lies. At any rate you won't have any trouble knowing which scenes are happening when.
The alternate history of the Kennedys is also quite well handled. JFK is respected but not worshipped or whitewashed -- and in general, far from lionizing the Kennedy clan, the film takes a fairly gritty and politically realistic view of them. This is a future that could actually have happened, if only . . .
Parts of it are laugh-out-loud funny, too. I won't spoil any of _that_ stuff either, but you'll enjoy all the little references to what-would-have-become-of-so-and-so-in-this-alternate-history.
If you enjoy time-travel and/or alternate-history stories, you'll like this movie. (And as others have noted, it doesn't make any difference whether or not you're a 'Democrat'. For whatever it's worth, I'm politically small-l libertarian myself.)"
Absolutely Fantastic! But will you hate it?
Tihamer Toth-Fejel | Ann Arbor, MI United States | 04/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Until I saw Timequest, I thought that Terminator 2 was the one of the best movies ever made, and by far the best time travel movie ever made, distantly followed by the "Back to the Future" series.
I couldn't believe it, but Timequest edged out T2! And I almost didn't rent it, even after reading the synopsis. I really like SF, but time travel is difficult to do well, and that goes double for films. I was worried that this would be a turkey. Boy was I pleasantly surprised!
Looking at the other reviews, you will either love or hate Timequest. So... how can you tell beforehand?
First, if November 22, 1963 is etched on your mind like 9/11, then this movie will hit you like a ton of bricks. (I was just a little kid, but I still remember walking home from school that afternoon).
Second, if you need lots of eye candy (explosions and such), then you'll hate it - the movie moves rather slowly, though there are many parts with unbearable tension.
Third, if you liked the funny references to historical people --as was done in Forrest Gump, you'll like that part of it.
Forth, if you hated Forrest Gump and loved T2 for the same reasons I did, then you will like Timequest. Forrest Gump was the philosophical opposite of T2. hint: the floating feather vs. "no fate". If you understand that, and if you want your movies to make you think and feel deeply, then you'll love Timequest."
Timequest-the world if President Kennedy had not been killed
Laurie | Va. Beach, Va. United States | 08/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Timequest shows what the world would have possibly been like had President John F.Kennedy had not been assassinated. There is a time-traveler who warns President Kennedy that he will be killed in Dallas within a few hours which changes the course of history.This amazing political fiction is based on speculation & facts. Due to lack of a largely known cast,this film was overlooked yet surpasses many high-budget science fiction thrillers. This is a great movie. Most Republicans wouldn't like it as it confirms their worst nightmares of what may have happened had President Kennedy & his brother Robert Kennedy continued in office. Vietnam ended before it could begin,etc.
The actor who played the father on "The Waltons" as the time traveler. This is terrific science fiction. This movie is for anyone who enjoys the an excellent portrayal of "what if JFK had not been assassinated ?". The time travel & paradoxes that time travel & the changes in one thing that causes many changes is an amazing display of creativity by the writer.This is a must-see."
Timequest - If Only.....
H. Pierson | Bellevue, MI USA | 07/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great film not produced by any of the major film production studios. With Bruce Campbell, Ralph Waite, and Larry Drake as FBI chief J Edgar Hoover.How many times have you ever thought What if...? This film portrays what may have occured if President Kennedy was not assassinated in Dallas in 1963. Hints at how this nation's history may have changed from sending a man to the moon and the Vietnam war. Mixes real facts with a portrayal of what could have occurred.I came away from this film thinking that if only events had occured as was portrayed, perhaps we would be better off than we are now with the threat of nuclear war, clandestine operations of goverment organizations, and a program which remains stagnant due to political involvement and constant budget cuts.This film gave a real vision of what this country could have become - and still can without the antics of our current political climate."