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The Time Machine /

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Guy Pearce, Mark Addy, Samantha Mumba, Jeremy Irons, Philip Bosco 

Directed by: Simon Wells 

Produced by: Walter F. Parkes, David Valdes 

Written by: John Logan, Simon Wells, H.G. Wells 

Distributor: Warner Brothers, DreamWorks SKG


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     They killed this movie, they just killed it. It started off with a perfectly logical explanation of everything, and was even intelligent, but then it took a turn and threw itself into an era of extreme stupidity. Why is this? I don’t know. The second it shows this “time machine”, the movie falls downhill. How Guy Pearce all of a sudden reveals this time machine while he’s still making his calculations for its structure, I don’t know. There are a lot of things I have no clue about in this movie; at offend times it just hands out useless facts for you to mindlessly ponder.

     The Time Machine begins as a mathematician rushes to his date. There he will be proposing for the first time. He takes his girlfriend for a walk in the park, and there he gives her the ring. But not long after this, a mugger threatens them with a gun, and wants all they have of value, including the ring. They gladly give him everything, but when he asks for the birthstone (not diamond), the woman is reluctant to take it off her finger. In hopes of saving her the pain, as well as everything they had, the man, played by Guy Pierce, lunges for the mugger. In this, the gun is accidentally misfired. The bullet hits the woman’s chest and she falls to the ground. Her fiancé begins to take his anger out on the mugger, but stops when he exclaims “Why did YOU do it, it was only a RING”. This sends the mathematician into a long sorrow of nothing but loneliness. Hence, he builds a time machine to change what had happened that night. He proceeds to fly back in time, and it works fine. Except for one thing, he finds that he can’t change the past. Every time he tries to change the location or aroma of the situation, there is always the same outcome. His girlfriend always dies. When he tries one last time to change the past, the machine is misfired; only this time into the future. 

     Everything is very intelligent and logical up to this moment But then when he actually goes to the future, civilization has decreased back to prehistory, which makes no sense at all. There are giant flesh-eating monsters that control everything. This plot was stupid and confusing. It was hard for me to follow, and I’m pretty good about staying with the story. If I give you anymore information, it would spoil the movies ending, not that I’m recommending this disaster.

     The only reason to see this movie is if you would like to be confused. There is no mystery here, I’m not even sure that there is a plot towards the end of the film. At sometimes, The Time Machine even can make you sick to your stomach; this is partially because of the terrible story, and partially because of the cinematography with no sense of direction. If you decide to give this movie a whirl, then you will be baffled with more than one-million “What If?” questions. Don’t even think about putting it into your DVD player!

-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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