The Time Machine A once-over-slightly exercise in nostalgic wonder directed by the British-born great-grandson of H.G. Wells. Guy Pearce, cheekbones poking through his pale skin, plays the hero… The Time Machine A once-over-slightly exercise in nostalgic wonder directed by the British-born great-grandson of H.G. Wells. Guy Pearce, cheekbones poking through his pale skin, plays the hero… 2002-03-08 PG-13 PT96M Action/Adventure Sci-fi and Fantasy Guy Pearce Mark Addy Jeremy Irons Orlando Jones Samantha Mumba DreamWorks
Movie Review

THE TIME MACHINE (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Mar 08, 2002; Rated: PG-13; Length: 96 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Guy Pearce; Distributor: DreamWorks; More

A once-over-slightly exercise in nostalgic wonder directed by the British-born great-grandson of H.G. Wells. Guy Pearce, cheekbones poking through his pale skin, plays the hero of Wells' science-fiction classic, who climbs into his elegant, handmade contraption for tripping across the centuries and tries to restore his murdered fiancee to life. After learning that he can't change destiny, he's off to the future, where he discovers the Eloi, a native tribe locked in battle with the Morlocks, the underground cannibals who have split off from the human race. Wells spun a what-if allegory of life after world war, but director Simon Wells just makes the postapocalyptic jungle setting look like some Hawaiian summer-stock version of The Road Warrior. Memo to Pearce: Stop treating yourself like a grade-B actor.

Originally posted Mar 22, 2002 Published in issue #645 Mar 22, 2002 Order article reprints
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