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5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore all the negatives & snobbery of other reviews, 24 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Time Machine [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I am appalled at the number of low marks given for this movie on this site.

I first saw the 1960's Rod Taylor Version of HG WELLS' story when I was about 11 on TV way back in the 70's. It was a haunting film for many reasons... the idea that humans would degenerate, the creepy MOrlocks who came at night to feed on their cousins, the idea of a man leaving behind his own time and all that he knew to go as a missionary to the future... all of those made for a very moving film that stayed with me forever.

This version was released at the same time as the Lord of The Rings, I had an argument with two friends about which film to go and see. I chose this one, I feel totally justified. Although different to the old version, this movie had just as many interesting and beautiful / clever ideas that made it just as good. It had a lot more logical rationalising of the characters. Incidental details like a man who shouts out "Get a Horse!" at an early adopter of the automobile are well used and placed. The eerieness of the Morlocks is replaced with faster action - but still effective - & when you think that in the earlier version the Morlocks limped along like B Movie Zombies - allowing their prey to escape - that was version may seem less than brilliant too.

There is still a sense of hauntingly good Sci-Fi in this version, the broken moon, the fantastic FX depicting the passage of time (not to mention the award winning lyrical flowing of the shots - someone in one of the adjacent reviews has said the FX could have been better (!!) I THINK NOT!)and the shot of the fashion shop window changing seems a direct salute to the old version... Many many details ring true - the idea of the English language becoming lost or half forgotten in the manner that Sanskrit is meant to have been after an ancient cataclysm.... The human race settling down to a brown medium colouring.... & the romantic nature of the young genius professor works for the time period... I would probably have caste a more classically beautiful actress than Samantha Mumba, but she puts in a competent effort. Simon Wells has done his Grandpa (who was an original genius of the Sci Fi genre) proud and - in my opinion - added a great piece to the genre.
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Initial post: 3 Oct 2011 03:11:47 BDT
MR. A. Uddin says:
thanks for the great review. i love time machine 2002
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