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Summary: Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine" stars Guy Pearce in the role of scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, who is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter - and the hunted. (imdb)
What really kind of surprised me about this movie(and not in a good way), was that this was more of a popcorn type movie. I thought that this would have been something a little more special than what it was and I felt a little disappointed. I'm not saying that this is a bad movie, because it is not. Guy Pearce usually does a pretty good job with what he is given, but I have seen Samantha Mumba in other movie, but she really didn't seem to fit in this. A decent movie to waste time, that's all
This film isn't even dull. Guy Pearce is always uncomfortable being cast against type (as a heterosexual) and even an anti-scantily-clad Sienna Guillory upfront can't redeem any scenes of this film. Avoid, avoid, avoid. The George Pal version kicks infinitely more ass and is a far more meaningful film in all ways.
Though this remake steals most of it's classic moments from the 1960 film and strays a little way off from the book, it's still quite a good film. The societies are captured well and the action is also quite good.
This new version lacks the central intellectual point of the source material but adds a romance plot, a snappy hologram and a terrible fistfight on board the time machine itself. Not a good trade at all.