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  • In Back to the Future, you needed a way to generate 1.21 gigawatts of power, such as nuclear fuel or a lightning strike, and a ground speed of 88 miles per hour.
  • In The Butterfly Effect, the protagonist has mysterious periods of blacking out. As a young kid, he starts writing a journal describing his feelings. Years later, he finds out when he reads the journal before a blackout, he goes back in time to the period of the blackout. He quickly finds his time travel has a type of Psychic Nosebleed limitation.
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  • In Donnie Darko people in the future will be able to mess with the past without leaving the future via machine. Such meddling causes alternate universes which must be destroyed or they'll erase the future-people's universe.
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel has several of the above mentioned categories (notably Set Right What Once Went Wrong taken to Knight Templar extremes, as an entire group exists to kill great people just after their greatest achievement, so they never decline in quality as discusses the rest.
  • In Meet the Robinsons Lewis is brought to the future, while Bowler Hat Guy tries to change the past.
  • In Predestination, Temporal Agent go back in time to prevent crimes.
  • See You Yesterday Claudette and Sebastian use time travel equipment they made to try and save her brother who gets shot by police due to a misunderstanding.
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  • Sound of My Voice is about a young female cult leader who claims to have come from the post-apocalyptic year 2054 to recruit a group of people who can rebuild society once civilization collapses.
  • Star Trek 4, 7, 8 and 11 all use time travel as a device, by a different method each time.
  • Terminator series.
    • In The Terminator, only organic things could be sent through time. No weapons or clothes or anything but the time traveller.
    • Stretched by Loophole Abuse starting with Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The only thing that allowed the original T-800 model 101 to go back through time was the fact it was a shell surrounded by living tissue. Following that, Skynet manages to send other Terminators back which are made of, or covered by, liquid metal or nanobots that mimic human flesh. Noted by many reviewers is that this discovery creates all new plot holes, such as the fact that now, the machines should be able smuggle back anything they want into the past, so long as it's covered by that stuff.
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  • In Jean Claude Van Damme's Timecop, there's a federal agency responsible for going after people who attempt to go back in time. He winds up having to go back in time himself to save his wife from dying, which is what he was hired to keep other people from doing.
  • In 12 Monkeys, James Cole travels to the past several times, to find a sample of The Virus before it become The Plague.
  • In Please Stand By, Wendy writes a script for a Star Trek screenwriting contest that has Spock traveling back and forth in time to save the Federation.
  • See You Yesterday: Claudette and Sebastian try to time travel to stop her brother from being shot by cops due to being mistaken for a robber.


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