Larry mackey is a blue-collar worker leading an uneventful existence in the 1970s. From seemingly out of nowhere a notorious criminal comes into his life and kidnaps his son bryon. He has actually come from 30 years in the... more » future with the aid of a time-travel device. Studio: Mti Productions Release Date: 03/30/2004 Starring: Corbin Bernsen Morgan Rusler Run time: 95 minutes Rating: R« less
"The topic of time travel and one's ability to use it to change the past (and, therefore, the future) is always fascinating. I personally like the idea that, as they say in The Terminator series, "the future is not set." While Corbin Bersen's acting may not be top of the line, he's actually not the main character and does a reasonable job as a father whose son has been kidnapped. I can't say much more about the storyline without giving it away except, of course, that it has a happy ending. This movie is in no ways hard SF, and those looking for it will not like the movie. But for those looking for an interesting thought and a "feel-good" movie, this it is."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 07/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE TOMORROW MAN breaks all the preconceived notions on time travel, the continuum, etc. In this movie, we find an agency that plans to use time travel to change crucial mistakes of the past, (e.g., Hitler, Watergate, etc.), without any resulting changes in what those alterations could bring. One of the characters even says so, that all that time travel bullcrap is just that.
Anyway, with this clarified, I found TOMORROW MAN a wonderfully entertaining and involving movie. Corbin Bernsen stars as Max Klein, a typical macho father, who believes his young son should be raised just as he was. In other words, spare the rod and you have a wimpy child. Bernsen is thrown into the maelstrom of time travel when his son from thirty years in the future, returns and kidnaps himself to save himself from his father's future abuse. Cop Beth Kennedy in a wonderfully self-parodying performance enlists Bernsen's help to catch his son, as he is now a kidnaper, murderer, bank robber, etc. Morgan Rusler plays the Brian of the future, and he is one of the strangest looking actors I've seen, and not altogether a good actor, but his unique physical appearance (kind of a human Dopey) does manage to evoke a little sympathy, although his actions in the end of the film justify the need to get rid of him. Jeanne Cooper (Bernsen's real-life mama) plays his wife in the future, and she does an admirable job in conveying the hurt she experienced while dealing with the abusive Bernsen. What makes the movie work is Bernsen's duplicity; Kennedy's off color remarks; Cooper's ability to play a role her own age, unglamorous, and the writer's desire to give Bernsen's character a second chance.
It's low budget all the way, but it also has a heart, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it made me feel.
Not a classic, but worth the time."
Sci fi with a heart
Michael Butts | 01/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A must-see. If you liked the heartfelt episodes of the original "The Twilight Zone," you'll love "The Tomorrow Man." The story grabs you from the first minute, cast is terrific, and the direction is first rate. Highly recommended!"
Many facets to this superb film
Hey Man Jesus Saves | In the palm of God, man. | 08/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Tomorrow Man is much more than just a simple Sci-Fi Time Travel movie. It is a study of gross human sin (Man's inhumanity toward man) and ultimately one man's repentance via the use of Time Travel.
Corbin Bernsen does an outstanding job of portraying a rock solid man of integrity with a heart of gold but lacking the ability to relate to and understand others. I ended up both loving and hating this character, as well as thoroughly identifying with him, which is why I loved this movie. Excellent job Mr. Corbin Bernsen, that's why you're one of my favorite actors, and a darn fine Q if I do say so. The movie ends in such a way as to spread love and joy to the entire world.
I stand up and applaud this fine film while thanking God for such a finely made movie. Thanks God! (Spoken while pointing both index fingers toward the Heavens!)"
All That Time-travel Bullcrap
Rev. E. Antonio Hernandez | 05/02/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a heartily enjoyable movie! It is full of humor and what I think is extremely good taste, considering today's film tendencies.
The reviews here are really good, so I will stick to my basic loves of this, one of the best time-travel themed films ever. Corbin Bernsen got a nice comeback with this film. Though he plays a bullying father, he is not a complete wreck, and Bernsen plays very well the confused failed hero. In fact, at the beginning he isn't a bully nor is he a drunk. He 'will be', if things don't change.
You want change? From the future comes the father's son, to save his young self from the life of abuse that, paradoxically, has not yet befallen him when the film takes place. Hot on his heels are future U.S. government agents, anxious to do what they can to stop this time-maniac. The creep--described by another reviewer here as a "human Dopey" which made us howl with laughter--does have to die in the end, but Bernsen also learns from his experiences. He changes the way he's parenting, and does it all on his own--with a little help from his 'future' son and his wife. No 'bad' future, a better Bernsen, a happy son. Very cool for time travel paradox lovers.
In fact, I always said this film is not about time travel. It's about CONSEQUENCES and the power to change them.
One final thing: you cannot miss the classic comic routine, in which Bernsen curiously grabs one of the time-travel devices and bounces himself and an agent back-and-forth by a few seconds through time, til they both look like death on a soda cracker. It is one of the funniest and simultaneously most philosophically penetrating things I've ever seen. Oh, well; Einstein never made me laugh that hard.
You must own this film if you are a fan of time travel or sci-fi in general. It is a testament to what could be done on a shoestring budget, it shows how performances can elevate films from B-level, and as I said, it's one of the best time travel themes you'll ever enjoy. This is no B-movie.
I suspect that you'll love it so much, you'll see it again and again before the first time you ever see it."