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YMMV / The Time Machine (2002)

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Did Alexander attack the Über-Morlock first to give the Eloi a chance to survive, or for using Emma's death as an example in their argument on what is considered natural law?
  • Awesome Music: "Eloi," "Stone Language," "Time Travel," "Morlocks Attack," "What If?", and "Godspeed" stand out.
  • Designated Villain: The Über-Morlock is supposed to be evil because he controls the monstrous-looking Morlocks preying on the more conventionally human Eloi, but he comes off as the smartest character in the film and his argument for the state of affairs in the far future being "800,000 years of evolution" makes more sense than Alexander's claim that it's a perversion of nature. He even logically explains why Alexander can't prevent Emma's death, his entire motive for time-traveling in the first place, and after giving him the answer, permits him to leave without a fight. In fact, it's Alexander who attacks him first. Of course, the fact that he's an elitist justifying eugenics, cannibalism, and rape takes some sympathy points from him.
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  • Misaimed Fandom: Of course the Morlocks are Magnificent Bastards and the Eloi are Idiot Heroes!
  • Narm: "The Über-Morlock"? Really? It could have been worse. They could have called him "Peak Morlock."
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The inner areas of the Morlocks' lair are standard horror fare, considering that this is a race of subterranean cannibals. The alternate timeline that the Über-Morlock shows Alexander where he had a family with Emma is somehow worse than that, though, in a Dissonant Serenity Uncanny Valley way. You see it, the somewhat ethereal setting of his old laboratory now converted to a warm, loving home for his wife and children as his little son calls out to him, but you know that it's just wrong.
    • The Über-Morlock in general, with his pale skin and icy blue eyes.
  • One-Scene Wonder: As with the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact, the Morlocks were given a leader that had not existed previously, in order to explain what was going on to those unfamiliar with the source material. Played with a side of cheese by Jeremy Irons.
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  • Strawman Has a Point: See Designated Villain.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: The Trope Namer, specifically Guy Pearce, at least according to Roger Ebert.
  • Villain Has a Point: The Über-Morlock does rightfully point out that the Predator/Prey Relationship the Morlocks have with the Eloi is a result of 800,000 years of evolving into that, as horrible as it is, Alexander is a man out of his time, even now, if a man from Alexander's time came here, they would consider us to have Blue and Orange Morality, he is trying to apply civilized human logic and moralities, to a clearly tribal culture, also noted is that Alexander only sees the Bad Future after he has killed the Über-Morlock, implying that if he didn't make his machine a temporal bomb, that is what awaited the Eloi without the controlling influence of the Über-Morlock.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • There is no denying that the actual time machine is beautiful.
    • Also the time travel sequences themselves.


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