The Time Machine (2002)
The Time Machine is a 2002 American science fiction adventure film loosely adapted from the 1895 novella of the same name by H.G. Wells and the 1960 film screenplay by David Duncan. The executive producer was Arnold Leiboivt, and the director was Simon Wells, the great-grandson of the original author.
Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.
- Does not follow the plot of the novella very well, and makes too many changes, such as Alexander now using the time machine to save his fiancée, rather than use it out of scientific curiosity like the Time Traveller in the original novel and George Wells in the 1960 film both did.
- The Morlocks' designs are extremely cheesy and they somewhat scream like a horse, literally. It doesn't help the fact they are costumes.
- Mediocre acting, as they continuously mumble throughout the entire film.
- The ending where Alexander decides to stay in the distant future is a very sharp contrast to the novella's ambiguous ending (in which the Time Traveller departs for another journey and promises his friend that he would return in a short time, only to be gone for three years, making his friend wonder where he is).
- Generic action scenes that many other films have done better.
- A disgusting scene where the humanoid Morlock dies by aging.
- Lazy CGI.
- Pretty decent special effects.
- Decent soundtrack.
- Halfway through filming, Simon Wells suffered a very serious on-set meltdown, and had to be replaced by Gore Verbinski in the director's chair for the remainder of shooting. Wells would return for post-production work.