Friday, April 20, 2012
The Top 5 Time Travel Movies
A while back I wrote a post entitled The Top 5 Worst Time Travel movies ever made, and that was a minor hit. It garnered me some hits here and there, a few comments, and gave me ideas for a future full of awesome movies. Today, instead of a review, I decided to throw up a list of the top 5 Time Travel Movies ever made. This list is of course heavily argued, and brought to life based on my opinion and not the opinion of other blogs that get paid, get free swag, get listed as tana tea drinkers etc. I hate them so much. Anyways, here is my shot at a top 5 for time travel.
5. The Butterfly Effect – A college student finds out he has a gift of traveling through time and changing the past, hopefully the for better. He continues the process only to find that the changes in the past completely derail his future and the future of his love life. He can’t seem to make it all work out, and through it we go through a twisting romp of time travel amusement. This serious film puts a great note to the genre, even if some people like to hate on the star, Ashton Kutcher. I for one love Amy Smart, and wish I had a shot…never mind.
4. The Jacket – A man is tied into a straight jacket then put into a morgue’s chamber, this allows him to travel in time forward. He moves 15 years into the future and creates an alternate story of his beloved, a young girl he meets and befriends. He then travels back to tell his story to the mother of the daughter that he meets long into the future. This sort of interesting take on time travel mixes genres, and the acting is above average. I loved the color saturation in the film, and Brody puts up a stellar performance in Science fiction lore.
3. Timecrimes – This Spanish science fiction film follows a hapless and hopeless protagonist chasing a scary looking man with a red mask. He stumbles into a time warp and ends up repeating his steps over and over, or does he? The film made me think hard at was going on, and when the reveal hit, I was enthralled. I loved the plotting and pacing, and highly recommend this instant classic.
2. Frequency – A detective communicates with people around the world with an old radio set up, and on a fateful night ends up talking to his father, years in the past. He then works with his father to catch a serial killer, and change the future for the better, but not before they have to fight off one hell of a criminal. The movie takes some great twists and turns and really satisfies the genre with some great action and drama all rolled into a tidy science fiction package.
1. Primer – The mother of all time traveling movies for me is not an intense action film. It’s a very cerebral film with a twist, and it has a great deal of science behind it. The independent film focuses on a few friends and what they want to do with time travel, meanwhile they are trying to explain the process through the course of the film. Think Clerks in time, with less vulgarity and slacker mentalities. Primer is one of the more educated examples of science fiction done right, without having to resort to spaceships and comedic performances.