History Film / TheTimeMachine2002

17th Apr '17 1:03:55 AM LtFedora
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* AnachronismStew: In the opening, it's passingly mentioned that Alex is corresponding with a Swiss patent clerk named Einstein. The film opens in 1899. Albert Einstein, while a brilliant university student, didn't get his job as a patent clerk until 1902.



* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Referenced. Alex is in touch with a bright young man from a Swiss patent office, one Mr. [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]].

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* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Referenced. Alex is in touch with a bright young man from a Swiss patent office, one Mr. [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Mr. Einstein]].
13th Mar '17 7:35:18 PM Mdumas43073
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13th Mar '17 7:33:36 PM Mdumas43073
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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.

The movie has several departures from the 1960 iteration. The Time-Traveler is Dr. Alexander Hartdegen, scientist and inventor. Alex sometimes comes off as overly optimistic and absent minded to his friend David Philby (Mark Addy) and his doting Housekeeper. The plot is set in motion when just after proposing to his girlfriend Emma (Sienna Guillory) the pair is mugged, and being unwilling to surrender the engagement ring she is shot and killed. Alex becomes a shut-in devoting all of his time and energy into making his theoretical time-machine into a reality. However YouCantFightFate comes into play, and his attempts to save her only result in death employing other means to find her.

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''The Time Machine'' is a 2002 adaptation science fiction film directed by Simon Wells Wells, loosely adapted from the classic [[Literature/TheTimeMachine novel of the Science Fiction Novel The Time Machine same name]] by his grandfather H.G. Wells.

Creator/HGWells.

The movie has several departures from the [[Film/TheTimeMachine1960 1960 iteration.film adaptation]]. The Time-Traveler is Dr. Alexander Hartdegen, Hartdegen (Creator/GuyPearce), scientist and inventor. Alex sometimes comes off as overly optimistic and absent minded to his friend David Philby (Mark Addy) (Creator/MarkAddy) and his doting Housekeeper. housekeeper Mrs. Watchit (Phyllida Law). The plot is set in motion when just after proposing to his girlfriend Emma (Sienna Guillory) (Creator/SiennaGuillory) the pair is mugged, and being unwilling to surrender the engagement ring she is shot and killed. Alex becomes a shut-in devoting all of his time and energy into making his theoretical time-machine into a reality. However YouCantFightFate comes into play, and his attempts to save her only result in death employing other means to find her.



Here the Eloi are protrayed as Magical Native Americans, and lean very hard on AcceptableBreaksFromReality to be able to understand his language. Alex begins to make friend among the Eloi including “Mara” played by Samantha Mumba. Shortly thereafter Mara is kidnapped by the Morlocks, and with the Eloi too frightened to attempt a rescue he resolves to do so himself.

In the lair of the Morlocs Alex meets the “Uber-Morlock” (Jeremy Irons) who controls the Morlocks (and spies on the Eloi) through telepathy. Knowing who and what Alexander is, the Uber-Morlock shows him a vision wherein his wife never dies, and as a result he chooses to spend his time with her and with his family rather than on building his time-machine. Now having given him the answer to the question of why he couldn't change the past, the Uber-Morlock chooses to direct Alexander to return to his own time. But with nothing to return home to, Alexander chooses to fight the Uber-Morlock and converts his time-machine into a bomb to destroy the Morlocks, hopefully freeing the Eloy from their predation. The movie ends with Alexander finally coming to terms with the events he cannot change, and moving on to live in the new time in which he has found himself.

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Here the Eloi are protrayed as Magical Native Americans, and lean very hard on AcceptableBreaksFromReality to be able to understand his language. Alex begins to make friend among the Eloi Eloi, including “Mara” played by Samantha Mumba.Mara (Samantha Mumba). Shortly thereafter Mara is kidnapped by the Morlocks, and with the Eloi too frightened to attempt a rescue he resolves to do so himself.

In the lair of the Morlocs Alex meets the “Uber-Morlock” (Jeremy Irons) Uber-Morlock (Creator/JeremyIrons), who controls the Morlocks (and spies on the Eloi) through telepathy. Knowing who and what Alexander is, the Uber-Morlock shows him a vision wherein his wife never dies, and as a result he chooses to spend his time with her and with his family rather than on building his time-machine. Now having given him the answer to the question of why he couldn't change the past, the Uber-Morlock chooses to direct Alexander to return to his own time. But with nothing to return home to, Alexander chooses to fight the Uber-Morlock and converts his time-machine into a bomb to destroy the Morlocks, hopefully freeing the Eloy Eloi from their predation. The movie ends with Alexander finally coming to terms with the events he cannot change, and moving on to live in the new time in which he has found himself.
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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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'''!
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