A Film Review By Jason L. King
| Starring: Guy Pearce, Mark Addy
Directed By: Simon Wells
Rated: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence
H.G. Wells wrote this wonderful story of the time machine, time travel and the wonders of it all. It was then developed into a movie in the 1960’s that did fairly well. Now years later, in 2002, they tried to make another movie of the time machine, directed by Simon Wells, a direct descendent of H.G. Wells.
Guy Pearce plays the horrific role of a man who looses his wife on the night of their engagement. In order to try and get her back, he creates a time machine to travel back in time change the past. He soon realizes that this could never happen, so he travels into the future to find out why he can’t change the past. He ends up in the future, where apparently the moon has been destroyed, and the humans have divided into two types of people. The weak ground dwellers that consist of native tribesman, and their overly attractive tribal women. Underground live the overly evolved morlocks, who suffer from Battlefield earth complex. For those of you who don’t know what that means, that means they suffer from a disease where they think they are too far advanced to care about clipping their nails or cutting their hair. Pearce eventually meets the “Uber Morlock” played By Jeremy Irons, who gives him the option to go home, but instead Pearce decides to play hero and save all of mankind. He somehow manes to make all the morlocks disappear and escape to the surface before the time machine explodes. In the end he is left standing with some hot tribesman which leads you to believe he will stay there, happily ever after.
All though the movie might end up happily ever after, I can’t say that we as the audience do. It’s near painful to sit through this film. On no point of the film was I really thrilled, even by the special effects. The special effect weren’t event that special, in fact they seemed as though they were recycled ideas from Burton’s Planet of the Apes, The Mummy Returns, and Battlefield Earth. (What a wonderful combo there) My suggestion before wasting your time with this sub-par film read the book, you’ll enjoy it more. And if you do go to watch this movie, just remember I said it was bad, and well as you learned from it you can’t travel back in your own time machine and keep you from wasting those 2 hours of your time on a crappy movie. Like I said, you’ve been forewarned.