History Film / TheTimeMachine2002

6th Dec '16 2:48:50 PM theLibrarian
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* StableTimeLoop: A heartwrenching example. [[spoiler:Alex ''can't'' stop Emma from dying, because her dying is the catalyst of him building his time machine, so time will come up with a way to kill her so that he ''has'' to go invent the time machine, trapping himself in the loop.]]
4th Nov '16 11:43:01 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* ChekhovsGun: Alex reaching out of the time bubble to catch his dropped pendant [[spoiler:and his hand rapidly aging while outside the bubble's protection]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Alex reaching out of the time bubble to catch his dropped pendant [[spoiler:and and his hand rapidly aging while outside the bubble's protection]].protection. [[spoiler:The Uber-Morlock is killed when Alex manages to shove him outside the bubble and sends the machine forward, aging him to dust.]]



* DeadlyDeferredConversation: Nonlethal example. Alexander is arguing with his friend after the death of his fiance. They agree to continue the discussion in a week but by that time Alexander is stuck in the future.

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* DeadlyDeferredConversation: Nonlethal example. Alexander is arguing with his friend after the death of his fiance. They agree to continue the discussion in a week but week, during which Alex intends to change history and fix things. Instead, by that time Alexander is stuck in the future.


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* SkepticNoLonger: After living hundreds of thousands of years and happening to run into the same yokel who was babbling about impossible time travel, Vox seems to have accepted that Alex was telling the truth on that count. Not much else is made of it, as both have bigger concerns at this point.
22nd Oct '16 1:31:13 AM JordanTH
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Reasoning that if he discovered the secret to time-travel someone else eventually would, Alex decides to skip the years of maturation of the technology and travels forward in time, hoping to find an answer to why he cannot change the past. He arrives in the year 2037, where human efforts to colonize the moon have ended in disaster causing the moon itself to breakup and pelt the Earth with meteors. While attempting to flee this time line he is wounded and kocked out while his time machine continues forward. By the time he comes to the machine has spirited him to the year 802,701.

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Reasoning that if he discovered the secret to time-travel someone else eventually would, Alex decides to skip the years of maturation of the technology and travels forward in time, hoping to find an answer to why he cannot change the past. He arrives in the year 2037, where human efforts to colonize the moon have ended in disaster causing the moon itself to breakup and pelt the Earth with meteors. While attempting to flee this time line he is wounded and kocked knocked out while his time machine continues forward. By the time he comes to the machine has spirited him to the year 802,701.
2nd Oct '16 12:47:27 AM eroock
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* OntologicalInertia: No matter what Alex tries, his fiancée's death cannot be changed.
8th Aug '16 6:25:55 PM LtFedora
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[[caption-width-right:250:0 to 800,000 years in 1.2 seconds.]]
26th Jul '16 12:01:14 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* PerfectPacifistPeople: Arguably, the Eloi are these, though {{deconstructed}} since it makes them easy prey for the Morlocks.
** The 1960 version had an anti-war sentiment that was lost in this version, shown when an Eloi male says "It is all clear," a phrase he'd learned from the Talking Rings. In THIS version, however, the Eloi are pacifists because of the Uber-Morlock's "psychic filter," which makes them forget about their dead and keeps them pacifistic. (Warning: this may have gotten lost in the cutting-room.)
** It's also mentioned that any Eloi who fights back simply are the one the Morlocks come for ''first''. Which is part of why the Eloi have been beaten down into submission and completely refuse to fight back.

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* PerfectPacifistPeople: Arguably, the Eloi are these, though {{deconstructed}} since it makes them easy prey for the Morlocks.
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Morlocks. The 1960 version had an anti-war sentiment that was lost in this version, shown when an Eloi male says "It is all clear," a phrase he'd learned from the Talking Rings. In THIS version, however, the Eloi are pacifists because of the Uber-Morlock's "psychic filter," which makes them forget about their dead and keeps them pacifistic. (Warning: this may have gotten lost in the cutting-room.)
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) It's also mentioned that any Eloi who fights back simply are the one the Morlocks come for ''first''. Which is part of why the Eloi have been beaten down into submission and completely refuse to fight back.



* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Vox, the photonic library computer. He speaks slowly to get his point across to Alexander, and even gets visibly irritated at what he regards as stupid questions, when a real computer would simply and happily attempt to answer any of his inquiries regardless of what was asked. This means that for whatever reason his creators gave him the same flaws as a human librarian would have, even though there was no reason for it and would actually hinder his performance as a library computer.
** On the other hand, Vox is described in the commentary as effectively being an Internet Search Engine with a Personality. Now imagine if you were a sentient compendium of all human knowledge, whose entire reason for existence was to be asked the ''same'' inane questions by people, ''over and over again?'' Can you really blame Vox for having developed into a passive-aggressive DeadpanSnarker to cope with the monotony?
* RippleEffectProofMemory

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Vox, the photonic library computer. He speaks slowly to get his point across to Alexander, and even gets visibly irritated at what he regards as stupid questions, when a real computer would simply and happily attempt to answer any of his inquiries regardless of what was asked. This means that for whatever reason his creators gave him the same flaws as a human librarian would have, even though there was no reason for it and would actually hinder his performance as a library computer.
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computer. On the other hand, Vox is described in the commentary as effectively being an Internet Search Engine with a Personality. Now imagine if you were a sentient compendium of all human knowledge, whose entire reason for existence was to be asked the ''same'' inane questions by people, ''over and over again?'' Can you really blame Vox for having developed into a passive-aggressive DeadpanSnarker to cope with the monotony?
* RippleEffectProofMemoryRippleEffectProofMemory: Alex changes history, but doesn't change his memory of history, even though his original impetus for using the time machine was altered when he first used it.



* TemporalParadox

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* TemporalParadoxTemporalParadox: In the climax, [[spoiler:Alex travels into a BadFuture where the Morlocks have ravaged the Eloi valley. He goes back and turns his time machine into a bomb to kill all of them. Now that future presumably no longer exists, yet Alex is still around]].



* TimeyWimeyBall: Inevitably.

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* %%* TimeyWimeyBall: Inevitably.Inevitably.
* TooDumbToLive: In 2030, someone apparently thought using nukes on the moon to make caves for future habitats was a good idea. Cue apocalypse.
11th Jul '16 9:29:47 PM TitoMosquito
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'''Uber-Morlock''': [[ArmourPiercingQuestion And what is time travel?!]] But your pathetic attempt to control the entire world around '''you'''!

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'''Uber-Morlock''': ''(strangles Alex)'' [[ArmourPiercingQuestion And what is time travel?!]] But your pathetic attempt to control the entire world around '''you'''!
19th Feb '16 10:43:33 PM TheRoguePenguin
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The Time Machine is a 2002 adaptation by Simon Wells of the Science Fiction Novel The Time Machine by his grandfather H.G. Wells.

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\nThe ''The Time Machine Machine'' is a 2002 adaptation by Simon Wells of the Science Fiction Novel The Time Machine by his grandfather H.G. Wells.



* Aesop: Accept the things you cannot change, and move on, no matter how painful it is.

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* Aesop: AnAesop: Accept the things you cannot change, and move on, no matter how painful it is.



* LostInImitation: This film seems to really be a rather loose [[TheRemake remake]] of the 1960 film, which itself was a somewhat loose adaptation of Wells' novel, so you can imagine how little it resembles the book in any way.
** The film ''was'' directed by a direct descendant of H.G. Wells (his great-grandson Simon Wells) so that could mitigate any dissonance in the adaptation.

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* LostInImitation: This film seems to really be a rather loose [[TheRemake remake]] of the 1960 film, which itself was a somewhat loose adaptation of Wells' novel, so you can imagine how little it resembles the book in any way.
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way. The film ''was'' directed by a direct descendant of H.G. Wells (his great-grandson Simon Wells) so that could mitigate any dissonance in the adaptation.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Some fans have [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation questioned]] whether Alexander killing the Uber-Morlock, thus leaving the more feral Morlock without a leader, in fact is what brought on the apocalypse that Alexander saw in the even more far-future.
** Alternatively, destroying a single hive may not have done anything to change the BadFuture, as the Uber-Morlock told him there were many others. What's to stop the other hives from expanding into the now-empty territory?

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Some fans have [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation questioned]] whether Alexander killing the Uber-Morlock, thus leaving Uber-Morlock leaves the more feral Morlock without a leader, in fact is what brought on the bringing about an apocalypse that since the feral Morlock have nothing keeping them in check. Alexander saw in fixes this by turning his time machine into a temporal bomb, wiping out the even more far-future.
** Alternatively, destroying a single hive may
entire colony. It's not have done anything revealed what happened to change the BadFuture, as the Uber-Morlock told him there were many others. What's to stop the other hives from expanding into the now-empty territory?colonies.



* RagnarokProofing: Averted with Earth in general. After the lunar disaster, any traces of civilization were pretty much obliterated over almost a million years.

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* RagnarokProofing: RagnarokProofing:
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Averted with Earth in general. After the lunar disaster, any traces of civilization were pretty much obliterated over almost a million years.



--> '''Alex''': This is a perversion of every natural law!
--> '''Uber-Morlock''': [[ArmourPiercingQuestion And what is time travel?!]] But your pathetic attempt to control the entire world around '''you'''!

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--> '''Alex''': This is a perversion of every natural law!
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law!\\
'''Uber-Morlock''': [[ArmourPiercingQuestion And what is time travel?!]] But your pathetic attempt to control the entire world around '''you'''!



* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The photonic library computer. The computer even gets visibly irritated at what he regards as stupid questions from the Time Traveler, when a real computer would simply and happily attempt to answer any of his inquiries regardless of what was asked. This means that for whatever reason creators gave him the same flaws as a human librarian would have, even though there was no reason for it and would actually hinder his performance as a library computer.

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The Vox, the photonic library computer. The computer He speaks slowly to get his point across to Alexander, and even gets visibly irritated at what he regards as stupid questions from the Time Traveler, questions, when a real computer would simply and happily attempt to answer any of his inquiries regardless of what was asked. This means that for whatever reason his creators gave him the same flaws as a human librarian would have, even though there was no reason for it and would actually hinder his performance as a library computer.



* ScienceIsBad: "We went too far."
** The irony is that Alex has drawings in his lab that perfectly mirror the 2030's New York. Despite the fact that Alex is a visionary, it was ultimately men like him that doomed the world.

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* ScienceIsBad: "We went too far."
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" The irony is that Alex has drawings in his lab that perfectly mirror the 2030's New York. Despite the fact that Alex is a visionary, it was ultimately men like him that doomed the world.



* TimeIsDangerous: The titular device creates a spherical bubble to protect the occupant. Reach outside, that protection no long applies. Alex hurts his hand when he instinctively grabs at an item he dropped. The Uber-Morlock, while wrestling with him on the machine, ends up hanging outside the bubble and ages into dust. Logically, any attempt to reach outside the bubble should have violently scattered their atoms across dozens of years of history, but the RapidAging looked cooler, presumably.
** Or left the Uber-Morlock standing there with no hands. Presumably, some atoms would be scattered as they are pushed out by the dissipating aura radiating off the time bubble.

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* TimeIsDangerous: The titular device creates a spherical bubble to protect the occupant. Reach outside, that protection no long applies. Alex hurts his hand when he instinctively grabs at an item he dropped. The Uber-Morlock, while wrestling with him on the machine, ends up hanging outside the bubble and ages into dust. Logically, any attempt to reach outside the bubble should have violently scattered their atoms across dozens of years of history, or cut the Uber-Morlock's hands off when Alex started going forward, but the RapidAging looked cooler, presumably.
** Or left the Uber-Morlock standing there with no hands. Presumably, some atoms would be scattered as they are pushed out by the dissipating aura radiating off the time bubble.
presumably.
30th Jan '16 6:42:29 PM TitoMosquito
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* MyNaymeIs: Filby is Philby.
23rd Jan '16 9:34:33 AM morenohijazo
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* BrainMonster: The Morlock leader is of a caste in which the brain has become so enlarged that it's not only visibly exposed on the back of his head, but its lobes extend halfway down his back as well.
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