||July 23, 2002
||Sci-Fi / Thriller
||Rocks, sticks, 200 megaton thermonuclear
||"It's better than Speed2."
I had a night off from my busy dating schedule this week and was
able to take advantage of my Blockbuster rewards card and cash in
on the growing number of free video rentals I've accumulated.
I decided on The Time Machinsse with Guy Pearce, a movie
based son a novel by Orson Wells (I think
he means HG Wells -ed.), the wine guy (Orson also did
the voice of Unicron in the classic Transformers the Movie).
Guy plays the part of Alexander Hartdegen, a technophile of his
time. His hotty little love squeeze gets killed, and Alexander focuses
on building a time machine to go back in time and make things right.
His accomplishments only lead him to more questions, otherwise the
movie would only have been about 18 minutes long.
I have always liked Guy Pearce and I think he's a great actor. He
doesn't really showcase any talents in this film aside from an unusual
accent and particularly hollow cheeks, but he's still fun to watch.
This film also introduces Samantha Mumba (another musician-cum-actress)
as a futuristic cavewoman. Her transparent performance is appropriately
balanced by her equally transparent outfit, so in the end you get
what you pay for. Orlando Jones makes an appearance as a holographic
librarian of the future, and the cast is rounded out by Jeremy Irons
who plays a caveman in desperate need of a tan (fans of AD&D
may notice he got to keep the outfit from his other hit film, Dungeons & Dragons!)
special effects are fairly cool, and the visions of the future are
intriguing. Orson Wells must have had some cool ideas in his book,
and there were a few times during the film where I was held in place
by my curiosity of the practices and cultures of Wells' future. For
example, there's a race of animal cavemen that are overmuscled and
look remarkably like Joan Rivers. They jump about and snatch the
normal cavepeople for food. I found myself rooting for them a little
bit at the end.
My friends both said that the movie had a disappointing ending.
Maybe I was expecting it to be bad, but it turned out to be typical
Hollywood tripe, no worse than most. Overall I enjoyed the film and
would recommend it based on the idea of time travel, the cool culture
studies, and Samantha Mamba's barely hidden areolas. If any of these
things appeal to you and Star Wars: Episode I is already rented
out, I say "Check it out".
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