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The Time Machine is a 2002 film adaptation by Simon Wells of the science fiction novel The Time Machine by his grandfather H. G. Wells.The movie departs even further from the novel than the 1960 version. This time, the Time-Traveler is named Dr. Alexander Hartdegen (Guy Pearce). He's an American in this version, so naturally he's played by a British actor. Alex loves science and inventing things, but his friend David Philby (Mark Addy) knows that Science Is Bad. After the death of his fiancée Emma (Sienna Guillory), Alex spends years building a Time Machine so he can go back and prevent it. However, it turns out that You Can't Fight Fate, so he heads off for the future, hoping it'll hold the solution to his problem. In the year 2037, space colonists decide using nukes for mining is a brilliant idea and blow up the moon. Large chunks of the moon rain down on the Earth, knocking humanity back to the Stone Age. So clearly science is terrible.Alex arrives in the year 802,701. In this version, the Eloi are portrayed as Magical Native Americans, as opposed to their usual Greco-Roman vibe, and Weena's counterpart is named "Mara" and played by Samantha Mumba. After Alex gets to know her for awhile, Mara is kidnapped by the Morlocks. The other Eloi refuse to do anything about it, so Alex sets off to rescue her on his own. Within the Morlocks' underground lair, he meets the Big Bad, the so-called "Uber-Morlock" (Jeremy Irons) answers Alex's original question. The answer, of course, is that he can't rescue Emma because that would create a Temporal Paradox. Anyway, Alex causes his time machine to blow up and all the Morlocks die in a big explosion as he and Mara Outrun the Fireball. And so our Science Hero has learned that living in harmony with nature is awesome and settles down with Mara.
Tropes from the 2002 film version which weren't in the book: