The Time Machine (2002)

 


 

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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. Full summary »

Genre: Sci-Fi,Adventure,Action

The Time Machine (2002)
   
Release Date: 8 March 2002 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Simon Wells
Cast:
  • Guy Pearce
  • Samantha Mumba
  • Mark Addy
  • Sienna Guillory
  • Phyllida Law
  • Alan Young
  • Omero Mumba
  • Yancey Arias
  • Orlando Jones
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Laura Kirk
  • Josh Stamberg
  • John W. Momrow
  • Max Baker
  • Jeffrey M. Meyer


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34 Responses to The Time Machine (2002)

  1. namoshndamud
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    I love this movie and I watch it every time I see it coming on.

    The only things that always bother me are the fights with the Morlocks.

    The species is supposed to have evolved into classes. So first we meet the hunters whose only job is to hunt down and capture the Eloi. These are super strong, fast, mean and scary creatures that live to hunt. So, how am I supposed to believe that Alex is going to be able to fight off one of them? Has sitting in his time machine bubble transformed him from a bookworm into a badass??

    And the second thing that bothers me is along the same line. The ubermorlock is supposed to have evolved into all brains…yet he fights Alex much tougher than the hunter Morlock did. It reminds me of the end of Road House…Patrick Swayze beats the hell out of all the bad guys the whole movie and then nearly gets killed fighting the white haired, old rich guy at the end.

    Just a couple things that always bother me.

    You’ve obviously mistaken me for someone far less awesome

  2. FCLittle76
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    A lot of the music in this movie seemed similar to other movies, but what struck me the most was that part of the main theme (or at least one of the themes) was really similar to the main theme in the Edge….

  3. LightChild7
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    Just wondering….what did I miss?

  4. lasvegaspi
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    I think it’s going on right now.

    Spouse cheating online?

    http://www.EmailRevealer.com

  5. Tyrannosaurus_sex
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    Luckily 4 Alex, the space that the time machine occupies always seems free of mass; nothing else changes here, nothing, no object forms (buildings) in it or even the ground directly under it changing; Theres no erosion or mountain 4mation occuring so he doesn’t have 2 worry about a huge creator later being present and he falls downs AKA wily coyote or if mass develops such as new land formation he materializes in solid rock or in a tree, just like in the episode of Star trek TNG: The Pegasus.

    Also Alex’s hand is about 50 years older then the rest of him after the locket fell out and he tried 2 retrieve it. His hand was out in the "real world" 4 many many many years.

  6. ramses_22
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    Why does he give up after one try? Another random accident happens that kills her and he believes it’s impossible to save her. He could have just gone back and done it again and everything would probably be alright.

    Also what is "the answer" that Irons gives him at the end? I didn’t really understand what he was talking about.

  7. blbbg1
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    I found this movie to be very depressing because it was set in a post-apocalyptic future where the human race was split in half. I mean it was pretty decent for a remake I kind found it disappointing that in 2037 is the year civilization collapsed and reverted back the stone age thanks to the astronauts screwing up the moon colonization. I mean the original 1960 version made it seem fun and neat while the remake made it sad and depressing that several centuries worth of technology was lost. It’s kinda depressing if you think about it! Also it was depressing that Alex could not save Emma but more importantly when the Merlock leader told him he found his answer and to leave he attacked him instead of going back in time. I mean why didn’t he just travel back to the year 2030 and warn the astronauts about colonizing the moon and destroying civilization. If he did that he would’ve prevent the merlocks from existing. I mean here’s what should have happened.

    Merlock Leader: You have your answer, now go!

    Alex: Okay, I’ll just be leaving now.

    Merlock Leader: Wise choice of words!

    (Alex then leaves, get in his time machine and travels back to the year 2030)

    In 2030:

    Alex: Please, don’t colonize the moon.

    Astronaut: Why?

    Alex: Let’s just say that in 7 years the moon breaks up and causes the human race to split into two for 800,000 years, you’d be making a huge mistake!

    Astronaut: Yeah like that’s gonna happen, quit reading those outdated sci-fi books from yesteryear.

    Alex: Okay, I’ll show you the future then. I have a time machine I built.

    (They get into the machine and travel to the year 802,701.)

    Astronaut: So this was caused by the moon?

    Alex: Yes, I stopped on August 26, 2037 and the moon was crashing into New York’s skyscrapers. Now do you believe me?

    Astronaut: Yes, We shall not colonize the moon!

    Alex: Thank you!

    THE END

  8. submitor
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    I know the Uber-Morlock gave him a reason why ,but I can’t recall the answer. Why was it everytime he went back and changed something, it ended up having the same result (his fiance dying)?

    If the reason was, "he wouldnt have been able to time travel w/o Emma dying" then let’s say he saves Emma, then would that version of him dissapear from space and time and he would be saved from the agony of her death?

  9. Halo572
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    It had a good storyline, although I’m not sure how close it is to the book, which I must get around to reading. Not that it needs to be, as it can stand on its own.

    Guy Pearce was good as Hartdegen and played it as a 19th Century gentleman, not a modern 19th Century gentleman.

    The special effects and CGI did their job and didn’t try to be something they weren’t, with the machine itself perfect in its antiquated yet modern look.

    The Morlocks costumes were good for what they were and with the film not trying to be pretentious it didn’t matter that they were slightly rubbery. And Jeremy Irons cameo as the Morlock leader was fantastic, showing how it should be done rather than how he did it in Dungeons and Dragons.

    The only thing I can criticise is the computer from the future. It didn’t need it, but obviously was thought that without some Hollywood crutch it wouldn’t be mass appeal.

    A good solid film that was very enjoyable and at no point had me wanting or trying to disbelieve anything that was going on. More like this wouldn’t go amiss.

  10. Drunk_as_Mel
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    obviously the lush green land was replaced by barren burning wasteland but what was with all the morloch dragon heads of fire

    since the uber morloch was slain did the morlochs exhaust the food supply like he said, but then they would have died

    and who built all the dragon heads the morlochs obviously werent smart enough

    or did a bunch of other uber morlochs move in once the great white daddy was no longer holding his turf

  11. submitor
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    This movie desperately needs a Blu-Ray version. I want to see this in full HD with HD sound. One of my favorite movies of all time.

  12. andreas-schmidt-pabst
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    There is much I like about the movie, but that element is just nonsense: How should one learn more or less fluent English by reading inscribtions in stone boards? Those scriptures don´t cover a large vocabulary not to mention no much grammar.

    And no jokes about my own English, please. I know it´s not perfect.

  13. ChazzJazz
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    who the hell is killing off Emma to separate the lovers.

    The gods must be cwazzy………


    What this movie proposes is that the past is written and cannot be erased.

    He s already made the machine, so it written.

    what the movie is trying to surmise is that there is a "equilibrium" force that corrects any changes to "written" past, so emma has to die via stagecoach or lightning or whatever: a simple straight forward timeline for alex.

    BUT

    what about the poor stagecoach driver? he would have been distraught at killing her, go on a rampage and kill others, which didnt happen in the first timeline.

    thereby messing up a few more timelines LOL


  14. MuggySphere
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    In his trip into the future he stops at near future Earth of 2030. Meets that really cute cyclist. Now I don’t believe this kind of stuff but I got the feeling that she was meant to be some kind of reincarnation of Emma because I kept putting her and Emma together in my mind.

    Also because she seemed to like him right away?

    What do you think?

    also on that do you think we will ever have a presence on the Moon?

    • Anonymous_Nemo
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      Haha, I got the same thought about the Blonde Girl being the reincarnation of Emma! And it would be an irony if it was really true because he basically ignored her efforts at starting conversation xD IMO it would make more sense if he just returned to 2030 and saved the world somehow instead of this slightly ridiculous concept of staying in 800,000 and the Vox teaching remaining humans (btw they’d probably fight more Morlocks, because Alex killed only one of their leaders).

      Of course people will have a colony on the Moon, the size of which was depicted in the movie, but more in 2130 than 2030. NYC looked too futuristic for the latter date as well.

  15. nike_jumpman_23
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    First off, let me just say this movie wasn’t very good, but it was pretty interesting so luckily it wasn’t a complete waste.

    However, was anyone else annoyed by the whole logic that he couldn’t save his wife because had he gone back in time to save her, he would have never had the desire to build the time machine, therefore it is not possible to save her.

    I can’t even really put into words how stupid and annoying that logic is to me… It’s really just stupid and annoying would probably be the best summary to me…

    What do you guys think regarding it???

  16. ChazzJazz
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    why the hell did he try to kill the uber morlock?

    Didnt the ubermensch say that he could control the creatures from eating the humans?

    so with the ubermensch dead and no nuking the time machine, the human race would all be eaten, and be extinct!

    This is the same rash decision as attacking the mugger with the gun pointed at his girl.

    Mugger: "why did you do that? it was only a ring"……a philosophical mugger LOL

    Was this script written a new grad? good ideas but poor execution.

  17. SolidSnake-4
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    *Spoilers*

    I was actually really enjoying watching this movie until he passes out and goes way into the future towards the end of the movie. The whole movie he was on this quest to save his girlfriend’s life but when he gets way into the future its like he completely forgets about her and doesn’t even care anymore. He just says "Wow a new girl! Emma who?"

    That was the biggest mistake in my opinion. It should have stayed focused on his quest to save Emma.

  18. sgtpppr5477
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    u look at the maincharacter n hes a glasses wearin pussy-ish weak inventor nerd then all of a sudden hes a scruffy badass-ish fighting guy

  19. ballston54
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    One thing I didn’t quite get: who exactly was Filby? Other than the guy who introduced Alex to Emma, who was he? Just a fellow professor? He seemed to be some sort of mentor to Alex.

  20. bransrubar
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    Potential plot holes aside, does anyone else think that this is a really cool scene? I thought it was a brilliant concept; the two of them locked in a deadly battle while constantly time traveling. Thoughts anyone?

  21. russellp20012001
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    Sometimes you watch a movie and you wonder why it takes a 180 the wrong way. When the Morlocks attacked the tribe, I thought that scene was great. These creatures were ruthless, fast, and pretty damn scary. It was really the turning point in the film. It seemed like from this point the movie was going to explode!!! I was waiting for Guy Pearce to teach the people to stand up for themselves and fight. It seemed like the movie had endless possibilities.

    Does anyone agree?

  22. Calinks
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    What if you time travel and someone puts a huge wall right where you are or someone is standing there? Can nothing enter that space while you are traveling? Do your atoms just crash into eachother and cause some insane explosion? Does the thing or person just simply get moved out of the way? Would you just fuse with the object in your place?

    That right question right there would scare the hell out of me and I would do everything in my power to try and not wind up in that situation.

    "Cool will get ya dead." -Former NBA Power Forward, Karl Malone

  23. blbbg1
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    Good movie but the ending was very disappointing. I hope in the sequel he goes back to 2037 to prevent the moon disaster.

  24. nianechole
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    Did this movie come to mind when they heard that? I was like lol, well THAT seems like a good idea…

    **Girls Club!**

    Go D Woods:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dd23un9m6s

  25. zooeyhall
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    or at least they seem to be doing their best to destroy his reputation.

    The latest Time Machine, and not to mention re-makes of War of the Worlds and The Island of Dr. Moreau, must have most people thinking he was some trash writer of pulp fiction. Maybe a little quaint Victorian angle thrown-in for amusement.

    Wells was a serious writer whose novels contained sharp social satire and also intelligent and fascinating postulations on what the future might hold.

    IF anyone here has even READ Wells’ novels, they would recognize that this latest "Time Machine" has only two elements from Wells’ great work: 1) a man invents a time machine and 2) he goes to the future and meets some creatures called Morlocks.

  26. malin1248
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    The Library computer states that "The Time Machine" was made into a Broadway play by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The computer starts to sing a number from that in many part harmony. Does anyone know if that play actually exists? It surprised me that they’d present a play that did not exist and a playwright who actually does exist.

    If it does not exist, then maybe we should start a letter writing campaign to Andrew Lloyd Webber to write it. After all, it has been prophesized by this movie!

    Does that play actually exists?

  27. lakotadreaming
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    I’m curious to see what humans will be living like (if humans are around) in 800 thousand years.

  28. MuggySphere
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    Despite living in 19th Century times Alexander must be filthy rich…

    I mean how much would have all that brass and metalwork for the time machine have cost? I’m sure the machine was made to look as if it was brass or something. And no one, not even his housekeeper notices all this stuff being brought into the house, or did they bring it in through the side of the greenhouse?

  29. Celluloid_Junkie83
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    I know picking plot holes in a film about time travel is like having your arm blown off and complaining you’ve chipped a nail, but here goes.

    When UM falls from the time machine and Alex holds onto his arms, we see it from Alex’s point of view – UM rapidly aging to the point that he decomposes. However from UM point of view, would he not have lived x number of years suspended from the time machine? And if this was the case, could he not have telepathically called for help? For that matter, could he not have used his ability to make Alex let go? I know an indeterminable amount of time passed while they were fighting but as Alex ultimately finds the Morlocks have spread in the future, is it not fair to assume that that particular Morlock ‘base’ remains and therefore there would be Morlocks he could use to help him?

    "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men"

  30. MuggySphere
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    I lvoed the look of the actual machine.

    If anyone’s seen the DVD on the bonus features they mention it weighs in at over a ton.

    Did anyone else like the actual look of the time machine in this movie? And the fact they actually used a lot of brass when building this set piece made it all the more impressie.

  31. sweethometn
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    more dollars if it was released around Christmas 2001.

  32. Icelander67
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    Adolescent boy with his sister playing mum&son, how icky is that, heh – and a hot _halfnaked_ sister to boot, blimey! :D

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  33. Icelander67
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    I haven’t read it nor seen the first film, anyone book savvy care to make a comparison? Which film matches the book better, what are we missing from the novel in these films (am guessing a _lot_ from this drivel of a film, the novel cannot be _this_ bad?!), and so on…

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