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The Time Machine (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: March 7, 2002
CAP Score: 68
CAP Influence Density: 0.66
THE TIME MACHINE (PG-13) -- ...there is not much the same as the H. G. Wells masterpiece at all.
Distributed by: Dreamworks Pictures
Director(s): Gore Verbinski, Simon Wells
Producer(s): Arnold Leibovit, Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes. Jorge Saralegui, David Valdes
Written by/Screenplay: H.G. Wells (novel), David Duncan, (earlier screenplay), John Logan (screenplay) Cinematography/Camera: Donald McAlpine
Music: Klaus Badelt, James Michael Dooley, Geoff Zanelli
Editing: Wayne Wahrman
Darwin would have loved this film. H. G. Wells, the original author of "The Time Machine", would turn over in his grave if he could. The plot claims mankind has evolved over the 800,000 years since late-19th century man, splitting into two factions: the Eloi and the Morlocks. In the 22nd century, our moon was destroyed by our colonization of it and those who could survive on the surface, the Eloi, did. The rest, the Morlocks, burrowed underground. And underground life was not kind to them. Nor were they kind to the Eloi. Cannibalistically unkind.
Scientist and mathematical genius Dr. Alexander Hartdegen (Guy Pearce) of New York has been trying to unlock the secrets of time travel for a long time. One day, shortly after proposing marriage to his beloved Emma (Sienna Guillory) in Central Park, she was killed by an armed robber. The robber got everything Alexander had to give and remembered the ring Alexander just gave to Emma. Upon demanding the ring, the Alexander-Emma duo struggled with the robber to keep it and the gun discharged. The script writers are well in tune with the current trend (for the past few decades anyway) of freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences in entertainment by having the robber say something to the effect "Why did you do that!?" about struggling with him, in effect saying it was Alexander's and Emma's fault Emma got shot.
Not willing to accept Emma's death, Alexander accelerated his experiments in time travel for four years. At the end of an argument with his good friend, Dr. David Philby (Mark Addy) who argues that it's time to get over Emma, Alexander requires Philby give him one more week to get back to routine. Little does Philby know that the discussion he just had with Alexander would not take place. Alexander travels back to the date of Emma's murder and leads her away from the fateful spot and into the city instead. But rather than rescuing Emma from her death, Alexander finds that he cannot change the past even by going back in it to manipulate events. One point of period accuracy in this part of the story was when Alexander kissed Emma (for the "first time" in four years) in the park -- it made those who saw it morally uncomfortable. There is a point in that which should be obvious.
Frustrated and anguished with his failure to save Emma, Alexander does a little playing around with his new toy and watches the aging of the world go by as he sits comfortably in his time machine within its protective bubble as the years go by. In one of his stops he visits a modern museum where he meets Vox (Orlando Jones) - the guy in the glass panels in the previews - a sentient and self-aware artificial intelligence computer image with the sum total of all human knowledge at his command. On another stop he witnesses the moon crumbling and being pulled into the earth. As events happen, he ends up 800,000 years into the future where he meets the Eloi and the Morlocks.
The Eloi are the peace-loving gentle side of mankind's fractionation into two "races" while the Morlocks are the evil "side" of the split of humanity. The quintessential Eloi girl Weena, the beautiful blonde and fragile girl if the original novel has been replaced with beautiful sun-darkened and self-sufficient Mara (Samantha Mumba). And, of course, we see a lot more of Mara than we've seen of Weena as Mara climbs a ladder in a dress slit up to her waste ... in the wind and when see much of Mara when she wears a course link "chain-mail" vest that hides nothing to speak of.
The original Eloi land race living in ruins are no longer blonde-haired and blue-eyed but are all sun-darkened cliff dwellers. The Morlocks are no longer photosensitive sloths but are more like apes and are fully capable of withstanding direct sunlight. And the air shafts into the underground world of the Morlocks are replaced with a single entrance shrouded by a demon reptilian jaw, much the same as the entrance to Gatorland Zoo in Florida but much uglier and foreboding ... and with bigger teeth. Indeed, there is not much the same to the H. G. Wells masterpiece at all. Literary and artistic license I guess. One parameter which stayed the same is that the Morlocks are cannibals, feeding on the Eloi, which is why there are no parents in the Eloi people.
If one could edit out the brief glimpses of pelvic/posterior region of a female and the unquestionable images of female upper anatomy through clothing, repeatedly, and some of the extreme violence, this could be a good Saturday night sci-fi flick. The special effects are awesome. But the more sexually oriented programming we are exposed to at younger and younger ages every year bit by bit by bit the more we are desensitized to His desire for us to be sexually pure [Eph. 5:5, 1 Cor 15:33]. And the more we expose ourselves to violence [Ps. 11:5. 1 Cor. 15:33] the more we are emboldened to be aggressive in our interactions with adversarial relationships. Many can and do deny these facts, but the more we deny them, the more vulnerable we become to them -- without even knowing it. To cry otherwise is spitting into the wind. It will come back to us, sooner or later.
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