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Old 11-07-2004, 17:53   #1
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Question Time-Travel Movies

Just watched "The Butterfly Effect" which I thought was another good example of time-travel movie, which, with little effort, you can pick holes in the whole time-travel logic. Despite this, I still really enjoyed it, along with numerous other time-travel movies that have dodgy time plots .... eg Terminator movies, Back to the Future trilogy, Frequency... etc, etc.

My question is .... Is there any time-travel movies out there, that the plot actually works when u really think about it?!?

The closest time-travel movie that I think made sense, was "Twelve Monkeys" .... but it's been a while since I last watched it, so I may be wrong.

Sooooo, is there any logical time-travel movies out there?!?
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Old 11-07-2004, 18:05   #2
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I thought BTTF did a pretty good job and had a workable 'logic', I can't think of any glaring mistakes or problems with the time travelling.........[waits to be proven wrong].........
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There aren't any logical time travel moves as the whole concept of time travel is theoretical........you can pick holes in anything to do with this subject in relation to movies.
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You can't likely make a logical time travel movie of the type you're talking about without using alternative dimensions or something, I woud say. The only ones that 'work' as you are talking are repetitive time situations like Groundhog Day of 12:01.
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There aren't any logical time travel moves as the whole concept of time travel is theoretical........you can pick holes in anything to do with this subject in relation to movies.
Planet Of The Apes (1969) pretty much sticks to proven laws of physics...
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Here are some more time travel movies:

http://www.imdb.com/List?tv=on&&keyw...19;time-travel
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I think the best film about time travel is Alain Resnais' "Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime" but I couldn't say how realistic it is. I also liked "Time After Time", although it takes tremendous liberties with what we know about H.G.Wells' private life.
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I also liked "Time After Time", although it takes tremendous liberties with what we know about H.G.Wells' private life.
Yes, but it's tongue-in-cheek, isn't it? He chases Jack the Ripper through time for gawd's sake. This is Nick Meyer we're talking about, who also cussed up Sherlock Holmes.

Personally I love this. One of the only decent films Malcolm Macdowell's made in the US, IMHO.

How about Millennium? (the film, not tv): the film is a bit sucky but its time-travel conceit is quite interesting (better explored in the source novel, tho).

For sheer fantastical silliness Vincent Ward's The Navigator is hard to beat (dig a big hole = travel through time). Doesn't detract from its majesty, tho.
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Time After Time is a marvellous film (as is The Seven Per Cent Solution) with one of the great Miklos Rozsa's last scores. I've got a lot of time (no pun intended) for Nick Meyer.

As much as any time travel film works, The Final Countdown handles the puzzle pretty well.
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I didn't say it wasn't a good film but I was pointing out (not negatively) that in order to get around the time travel paradox, it suggests that Mrs Wells was really a young bank clerk from 20th Century America. Interesting case of a film manipulating known history in order to make internal sense.
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Planet Of The Apes (1969) pretty much sticks to proven laws of physics...
Well, that's going forward in time, so you could say that these events haven't happened yet........it's all the going back in time stuff that is what I'm refering to, although, I don't fully accept a past, present, future exist - nothing more than our perception caused by a lack of understanding.
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Time After Time is a marvellous film (as is The Seven Per Cent Solution) with one of the great Miklos Rozsa's last scores. I've got a lot of time (no pun intended) for Nick Meyer.

Fantastic music score - his work for "Last Embrace", done the same year, is wonderful as well.
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not a film, but 'A Stitch In Time' from Outer Limits (New Version) Series 2 (I think) is a pretty solid tale. Top telly too.
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I didn't say it wasn't a good film but I was pointing out (not negatively) that in order to get around the time travel paradox, it suggests that Mrs Wells was really a young bank clerk from 20th Century America. Interesting case of a film manipulating known history in order to make internal sense.
I know, I didn't infer that

I was just suggesting that the whole thing is so light-hearted (insofarasmuch as a film about Jack the Ripper can be) that you can forgive its little transgressions. Besides which in this case it's a little bit like believing the "big lie" and quibbling about the "little one" (although I do see your point).

Speaking of Nick Meyer and time travel: Star Trek IV.
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Fantastic music score - his work for "Last Embrace", done the same year, is wonderful as well.
The film's not a bad little Hitchcock pastiche either.
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I see what you're saying and I agree with you. A hugely enjoyable movie from any perspective.
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Would Somewhere In Time (1980) with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour fall into this category? I love this movie.
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Would Somewhere In Time (1980) with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour fall into this category? I love this movie.
The time-travelling aspect of this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever (says the man recommending Time After Time and The Navigator).

Don't they just walk into some trans-temporal mist? A bit like The Amazing Mr Blunden?

Somewhere in Time has an amazing following amongst US housewives, as I remember, and they have an annual costume ball to celebrate it. Hang about, I'll find the URL...

Here: http://www.somewhereintime.tv/insite.htm
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