Time Machine, The


Starring: Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, et al.
Director: Simon Wells

Rating: PG-13

Review Posted: 7.31.02


By John Teves


The Movie


Scientist and inventor Alexander Hartdegen (Guy Pearce) 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.


The Time Machine begins on a deserving note, but quickly becomes a chaotic and tiresome mess. The Time Machine has some incredible special effects and a cast that, on the whole, tries valorously to make the story original.


Pearce is an accomplished actor and his work in this film proves that he's capable of delivering tremendous performances, yet he doesn't seem to be emotionally captivated with his character. Co-star Samantha Mumba is entirely believable as the Eloi and Jeremy Irons is superior as the leader of the enslaving Morlocks. Though the Time Machine is not an altogether  unpleasant film, it's just unsubstantially imperfect.


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The Video


The Time Machine appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The Time Machine presented an absolutely spectacular image. Sharpness looked immaculate. The image always remained crisp and defined. I detected no jagged edges, and no evidence of edge enhancement. Print flaws appeared totally absent, with no speckle or blemish in sight. The film provided a brilliant palette. The colors looked bright and vivid throughout the movie. Black levels were solid, and shadow detail was appropriately heavy. All in all, the movie looked spectacular.


The Audio


The film is presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS soundtrack. Both tracks were zestful with the DTS version adding a little more bounce. The audio quality sounded immaculate. Dialogue seemed natural. The score offered adequate clarity. Effects also showed good dynamics and replication. All told, The Time Machine featured a track that benefited the film.


The Extras




• Commentary by director Simon Wells

• Commentary by producer David Valdes, visual effects supervisor Jamie Price and production designer Oliver Scholl
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Deleted scenes
• Making of the Morlocks
• Making of "The Time Machine"

• "Fight Choreography" Feature




In its entirety, The DVD offers generally positive picture and sound plus a charitable amount of extras. The Time Machine could have been a tremendous film, but particular elements made this film dreadful. I will confess that the film had my attention for a good duration, however as the film developed the film metamorphosed into an average half-witted film. Fans of the SCI-FI genre may want to give this one a look, yet I don’t verily think they will be excited about it.




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