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Time After Time
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by Cochise

"A ripper of a time travel movie."
4 stars

If you like time travel movies, this one will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.

WARNING - In order to review this film and discuss its meaning, I have to reveal the ending. So . . . if you don't want to know what happens in the end, please don't read this until after you have seen the film.

The film has a very simple plot. H.G. Wells goes forward in his time machine to catch Jack the Ripper, who used it to flee from 19th century London. The Ripper ended up in 1970’s America, where Wells would pursue him and become romantically involved with a young woman.

Even though the story is about a serial killer, the movie is a comedy. Thus the acting is in a lighter vein then one would find in a dramatic story. For example, the villain is not as heavy a villain as he would be in a drama. However, this is not a bad thing. The filmmakers drew the right line between drama and comedy.

Three main actors made the film.

Jack the Ripper is convincingly played by David Warner. The Ripper is evil enough to be frightening, and the scary parts are horrific. However the whole tone of the movie made it impossible for me to be in the mood that a heavy dramatic story would create. However, this did not effect my enjoyment of the film.

Malcolm McDowell gave a brilliant portrayal of H.G. Wells. He made Wells a 19th century geek, but a competent and manly geek. I feel this was the correct interpretation of the character.

Amy Robbins played by Mary Steenburgen was one of my favorite characters. Amy Robbins had just the right amount of strong independence, combined with a romantic temperament.

This film is a “fish-out-of-water” story and that made for some ot the best bits in the film. The scene with Wells in the fast food restaurant (where he ordered fries) is classic. What makes that scene successful is not only the major surprise he has (the type of food), but also the minor touches like his examination of the table. (The table being made out of a substance that did not exist in Wells’ time.) Another excellent “fish-out-of-water” bit is where he sees the airplane fly overhead. There are many more.

The plot was very plausible, as the “fish out of water” situations were situations that the majority of people could relate to and understand. (Except for the violence, of course.) I found it easy to imagine myself in H.G Wells’ place and imagine how he would feel.

This film had a very strong romantic theme. It is the romance and “boy gets girl” happy ending that made this a satisfying film. What H.G. Wells’ girlfriend does in the end of the film, that is, having an influence on the past, is a particularly nice plot element.

This is one of my favorite time travel films because it doesn’t have a problem with the language barrier. Many time travel films do have this problem. For example, if a English time traveller went back five hundred years into England's past, he would be spotted as a stranger because, even though he would be speaking English, it would be modern English. (The English of England in 1500 AD would be very different from the English of 2000 AD.)

The excellent acting and directing made “Time after Time” a brilliant film. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes H.G. Wells, his novels, the other time machine films, and time travel movies. Don’t miss it.

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originally posted: 04/27/08 18:49:57
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User Comments

1/17/19 Louise (the real one) Enjoyable film, but Steenburgen is not a great actress. 4 stars
1/21/09 Psychotic angel Great film, especially Victorian opening, McDowell is geeky hero,not sleazoid like Alex. 4 stars
5/25/08 debdahlin love these time travel movies - good entertainment 5 stars
5/06/08 Neil Foster Mary Steenburgen almost steals the film. I loved it so much i bought it on BOTH Beta & VHS 4 stars
4/29/08 dear lord I am now dumber for having read this review. off to the gulag, cochise. 3 stars
5/10/07 AJ Muller Witty script, great acting and just a good time. Awesome flick. 5 stars
9/12/04 Tony Baloza good action/ good comedy/good suspense 5 stars
7/08/04 Stevo Never discovered, but still very relevant 5 stars
11/22/02 Charles Tatum Cool and simple 5 stars
9/01/02 y2mckay H.G. Wells chases Jack the Ripper to modern San Francisco. Cheesy but fun. 4 stars
6/18/02 Jim Engrossing SF, great performances, amusing social commentary. 5 stars
1/23/01 R.W. Welch Inventive time travel fantasy involving hunt for Jack the Ripper. 4 stars
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