Hoping to change events from the past in order to modify his life today, and prove time travel possible, Alexander builds a time machine. But when he doesn’t find answers in the past Alexander travels far, far into the future where he just might find the answers he was seeking.
Guy Pearce (Alexander), Mark Addy (David), Phyllida Law (Mrs. Watchit), Sienna Guillory (Emma), Jeremy Irons (Uber-Morlock), Orlando Jones (Vox), Samantha Mumba (Mara), Omero Mumba (Kalen), Yancey Arias (Toren).
Based on the H.G. Wells novel, The Time Machine begins well with good character introduction and plot setup. Though obviously based on the famous novel, this is where the film departs the book taking us first into the past as Alexander tries desperately to change history, and finally into the future. It is here that Alexander finds the human race has evolved in ways he never expected, with the species now divided but co-dependent.
Acting was good with Pearce delivering nicely throughout and apparently enjoying good chemistry with both Guillory and Mumba. Addy and Law both did nicely, though their roles were rather small. Guillory added a softer dimension to the film but did so well. Mumba did nicely with good depth and deft handling of an interesting role.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all nicely done with an authentic feel for both current day and the far future. CGI effects were nicely done, particularly showing the time machine traveling and breakup of the Moon. Action scenes were solid throughout. Makeup and costuming was very well done with the Morlock’s being very nicely done. Dialogue was good but could have had a bit more depth. Sound and soundtrack were enjoyable.
Though inconsistent with the novel, and with more than a few storyline holes, The Time Machine is an enjoyable adaptation that feels updated while retaining some charm from the original story. Those who are able to overlook minor flaws and still enjoy a film should like this one.
This one should be fine for teens and above despite some moments of intense action violence. Aimed at preens and teens, this is actually a good choice for family movie night as well.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dramas Based on the Book, Sci-Fi Adventure, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
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