Guy Pearce, Sienna Guillory, Samatha Mumba, Orlando Jones, Jeremy
Irons, Mark Addy and Phillida Law.
Directed By:Gore Verbinski and Simon Wells
time machine? Talented Mr. Guy Pearce? I'm there! They have all
these special effects available
there are endless possibilities
to the fantasy.
they could just wimp out and give the audience about four minutes
of really cool shots of the time travel machine spinning with
glowing lights with a quick peek at the world of the future only
to halt the whole damn story at what appeared to be the set of
Universal Studios Orlando ride The Lost Continent and combine
that with overdramatic tedious "jungle" music in THX
so loud it shakes one's brain matter! Yeah lets go that route.
The audience won't notice!
hindsight I bet the producers of this stinky mess wish they had
a friggin time machine to go back and destroy this awful, silly,
think I'm being too harsh? Perhaps, you think Guy Pearce that
cutie from L.A. Confidential, and star of that brilliant
Memento, is as infalable at picking
winning scripts as he is adorable? I must be a nut? Yeah, I'm
nuts- but for thinking they could actually make a time machine
film worth watching and being excited to see this phenomenally
bad execution of a film. I want my money back!
there was a good H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" adaptation
back in the '70's with Malcolm McDowell. McDowell played Wells
as the inventor who used his machine to hunt Jack the Ripper through
time called Time After Time. Great concept well acted and
just a fun fantastical slice of science fiction.
back to this piece of crap...
story - should you still feel the need for me to actually call
it that - starts in 1899 as the first automobile is still being
heckled by the horse and buggy lot and Einstein's still considered
Hartdegen (Guy Pearce looking perpetually dumbfounded) is a bit
of a rebel in his New York University. He's untidy and appears
constantly frazzled. He's also in love.
Hardongardens's love interest is the lovely Emma (Sienna Guillory).
In fact tonight he is going to propose to her.
meets her in the park and swifts her off for a walk in the woods
to pop the timeless question. They are robbed and she is promptly
heartbroken doctor is devastated and develops a time machine to
travel back and snatch her for Death's clutch.
far so good.
gets back as planned (we get no explanation- but we are still
with him so far). He meets Emma right before "he" shows
up and makes her leave the park altogether
is killed again in a scene that sadly made more than a few of
us laugh out loud.
Now, the professor feels he must find the answer as to why he
cannot save his love. Um, he can figure out time travel but cant
figure out why he can't travel back and save her???? Am I the
only one who immediately knew what his answer was?Actually it's
a great riddle
if it were not so obvious.
he bursts into the future and we all head off in hopes of a wonderful
peek, via effects and cast, into the future.
get a cool New York 2030, that's way too Jetson's for it's being
so close to our time. Too many space age technologies that need
a tad more time to be discovered
like colonies thriving on
the moon for example
in less than twenty years? We are starting
to squirm. Dr. Hartdegen runs into the fifth street library only
to meet a sarcastic hologram like fellow named Vox (Orlando Jones)
who is there as a guide to all knowledge.
doctor asks about time travel and the mocking projection of a
librarian shows him H.G. Well's' fictional take "The Time
Machine." Hardy har har.
nothing for his question he pops back onto the machine and jumps
forward a wee bit.
2037 and again the same place in New York. But presently it's
in the midst of Armageddon
he escapes quickly this time into
the brave new world.
It's not space age, new age or even middle age; it's Cro-Magnons
with fancy clothes. He meets tribesman of the future. 80,0000
years into the future. Naturally one of them is fluent
in "stone" language or layman's terms English.
some of the tribes' folk have studied the remnants of the city
"stone" signs like Tiffany&Co
and East Side Subway managed to survive. They remain in fragments
and these simple folk managed to learn the entire English language
from these pieces. Yet they chose to speak in some odd "jungle"
guess who's also there? Vox the condescending hologram-like thing
the fine Dr. ran into in 2030! Wow, imagine that? Armageddon,
ice ages, and a new dawning of time and this electronic device
is intact and fully functioning! PLEASE! Even those who want to
believe in time travel so much they shell out the ten bucks to
have their imagination stroked can't fathom this erroneous bit
of bad subplot!
Now these semi-dumb people are being tormented by bad Luau masks,
er, subterranean dwellers lead by the evil Uber-Morlock (Jeremy
- must have kids in college and needed some tuition funds - Irons).
He finally answers dear Dr. Hartsafarten's question...SNORE!
who's nitpicking? ME!
even the precious edible Guy Pearce with his petite stone chiseled
body wrapped in nothing but flimsy gauze kept this viewer interested.
Sure, he's super swell on the retina in Klondike bar that's melting
down your arm and needs to be delicately licked up kind of way
but even Mr. Australian Import No. 23 can't get away with serving
up this crap!
is so bad I cannot even recommend it for a cold blizzard night
when the local video store is out of everything else. You'd be
better off reading a comic book based on "The Time Machine"
in that case; it would be way more enjoyable! And shame
on you Guy Pearce and Jeremy Irons for appearing, and luring us
to this celluloid de Poo too.
Recommendation: Dinner and another movie!