3 best Time Travel Movies (Actually about Time Travel!)

In entertainment I often see time travel used as a catalyst to move the stories to specific setting. Very rarely do these stories actually go deep into the mechanics of time travel. So today I will be listing off my favorite time travel movies that are actually about time travel.

To not confuse anybody that means that the movie has to specifically be about time travel and it can’t be used just to move the story to a different setting. A good example of What’s not going on this list is Doctor who.

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and the terminator

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Very rarely in doctor who does time travel actually play in role of the plot in each episode.

Without further ado here are my 3 Favorite time travel movies about time travel.

#1 Primer

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Primer is every nerds fantasy and every average consumers headache. If you aren’t willing to put in the work and really focus, you will not understand this movie. What I mean by that is that this movie doesn’t attempt to dumb itself down, you either get what is going on or you are left in the dark simple as that. But if you are willing to try to understand what is going on you will be rewarded with an amazing story of distrust and backstabbing with a whole bunch of mind bending time travel.

I don’t wan’t to spoil the movie, but I will give you a basic run down of the premise. The story follows two entrepreneurs/engineers named Aaron and Abe. During work one day they somehow discover time travel. after building a machine to time travel with, they immediately try to profit with it. While being careful trying to not mess up the timeline, they memorize what stocks go up, then travel to the past to invest in the stocks that go up. At first they only use time travel in this way. But then they start traveling back behind each others backs and start using the time machine for more personal things. and pretty soon you have a situation that gets out of hand.

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This movie isn’t for the casual viewer since its dialogue has a lot of technobabble and there is a lot to keep up with plot wise. But if you are willing to put in effort you won’t be dissapointed. for being an indie movie with only a budget of 5,000$ this movie is incredibly well written and deep. Although the plot it’s well written and it’s fun to figure out the plot, primer really doesn’t have much else going for it… With that being said I give “primer” an 8/10. But don’t listen to me, watch it yourself and make your own opinion about it. you will be glad you did.

#2 The Butterfly effect

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The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 movie written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. The story follows a 20 year old college student named Even Treborn who has the ability to inhabit his past self (which basically means all his memories travel back to his past self). With this ability he tries to change his life for the better by changing his past behaviors. But unbeknownst to him, his actions will have consequences that he won’t be able to predict. Or a Butterfly Effect

this movie is really good at showing the unpredictable aspects of time travel. Even might try to beat up his past selfs bullies, but that action causes a butterfly effect that causes him to somehow lose his limbs. Besides time travel, this movie also explores themes of dysfunctional families and mental illness.

there is something you should know about this movie before you watch it. And that is there are four different endings, and you will get a different ending depending on what version you watch. I watch the directors cut, and out of all of them, the directors cut is the saddest but it ends the movie beautifully. I give this film a 7/10, because in some spots the acting isn’t to my liking and the cinematography is very much of it’s time. But if you can look past it’s dated aesthetics you will be greeted with a great character driven drama with heavy sci-fi themes.

#3 Back to the Future trilogy

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I know that this kinda breaks my one rule that I stated in the beginning. but although time travel does take a back seat to the action and comedy, that doesn’t mean that time travel isn’t acknowledged at all. In fact (if you weren’t tipped off to the title of the movie) time travel has a huge role in how the story plays out (especially in part 2), so I would argue that this does work with my rule that I stated in the beginning of this post.

With that out of the way let’s go in to detail why this movie is so darn good. What I think is the main contributor to the success of this movie is the character. Doc brown and Marty mcfly are the single most iconic film duo in history. And for good reason, their relationship with each other acts as a foil to each one. Marty is the easy going youth and doc brown is the crazy and wacky scientist. It’s fun watching the two characters rub off on each other and seeing each one grow as a character.

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But besides the two main characters there is also more colorful characters like Biff, the classic bully and later a villain. Jennifer, Marty’s love interest. George mcfly, Marty’s nerdy dad turned badass. and of course our favorite dog Einstein

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With a beautifully crafted score by Alan Silvestri, Great action set-pieces, timeless comedy, and memorable characters. You got yourself an instant classic. The trillogy as a whole gets a 9/10. All of the films are incredibly solid, but there isn’t enough umph to give it a 10/10. Never the less you will be entertained by these films.

 

So those are my 3 favorite time travel films. What did you think about the list and what are some of your favorites? Let me know down in the comments below 🙂

 

The Greatest Superhero Movie Ever!!!

The most popular type of movie I see getting made this day and age are superhero movies. Because they are so popular It feels like I can’t go a week without someone asking me “what’s your favorite superhero movie?” or “who’s your favorite superhero?”. And every time I get that question I answer back the same thing every time, “Donnie Darko.”

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What is “Donnie darko”? Well “Donnie darko” is the brain child of Richard Kelly who wrote and directed this film. It came out in 2001 with a budget of 4.5 Million Dollars. Now I don’t blame you If you haven’t ever heard of this film, because not that many people saw it when it first came out. If you haven’t seen this film I implore you to watch it immediately because this film in my opinion is a modern classic.

Now, if you have done some research on this film, you might notice that this doesn’t look like a superhero movie. In fact, it looks more like a teen drama movie than a superhero one. Well you’re right, It really is a teen drama first and foremost, But if you pay attention to the plot of the movie, you will start to realize that “donnie darko” is himself a superhero.

 

Section 1: Premise

 

Donnie Darko has one of the most intriguing premises I have ever seen. Donnie Darko (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) would be a normal high school boy with normal high school problems if it wasn’t for his mental illnesses and a man in a bunny suit named frank that only he can see.

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One night, Frank tells Donnie to follow him outside the house to a golf course. At the golf course, Frank declares that the world is going to end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. The next morning we discover that Donnie’s bedroom was crushed by a plane turbine. Convinced Frank saved his life, Donnie decides to follow all of franks orders… no matter how sinister and evil they may be.

For the entire rest of the film, we as the audience are trying to piece together what is going on. Who is frank? Where did the Plane Turbine come from? Is this all in Donnie’s head? Is the world really ending? How is it ending? all these questions make this movie a compelling mystery. The main appeal of this movie is trying to piece together what is going on since the Movie doesn’t flat out tell you what is happening. But there are many clues along the way that will help you on your journey.

 

Section 2: plot

In this section I am going to try, with the best of my ability, to explain the plot of this film. If you haven’t seen this film, a lot of this won’t make any sense so please go watch the movie first.

 

This entire movie essentially plays out in a time paradox. That Plane Turbine that crashed into Donnie’s bedroom somehow caused the birth of an entire alternate universe, called the tangent universe, that strayed away from the original universe. The reason the world is going to end is because this alternate universe is unstable and threatens to destroy the Original universe.

It’s up to Donnie to save the world by returning The plane turbine to the original universe. He is the living receiver, and with that title comes super strength and telekinesis. Kind of like a super hero.

Now in the context of the movie, there is no way to know that if you haven’t read the philosophy of time travel, a fictional book in the movie. You can read that here.

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Now personally, I don’t think the plot is all that important(or good). What’s really important is the themes and the character development that Donnie goes through throughout the film. The themes of mental illness, existential dread, and corruption are all themes that overshadow the kind of out there plot and the super powers that Donnie gets.

That’s why I prefer this movie to other superhero movies. Superhero movies are mostly about the action, and about how cool the superhero themselves are. But this movie forgoes most of the action for a more emotional tale about a boy coming to terms with his appending doom 🙂

Section 3: Characters

All of the characters in this movie are extremely well written, even the side characters that don’t have much screen time have memorable lines. But out of all the characters, my favorite is Jim Cunningham (played by Patrick Swayze)

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Patrick Swayze does a great performance making this motivational speaker look like a complete con. And my favorite scene in the whole film is when Donnie confronts Jim and outs him as the con he is.

Section 4: Presentation

Richard Kelly did a great job setting the film in the 80’s, because of that the “donnie darko” is filled with great music from that era.

All the camera shots in this film give either a dream like feeling or an unsettling feeling depending on what kind of scene you are in.

There is a little CG in this film, that looks surprisingly well for 2001

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Overall, I think Richard Kelly did a great job directing this film, even IF you overlook the fact that this was his debut movie.

 

Section 5: Conclusion

God I love this movie… I know I probably did a crap job trying to explain what makes this movie so special, so all I can do is beg you to watch it. I promise that you won’t regret it. I give this film a 10/10. It isn’t perfect, but it’s flaws are so minuscule that they get completely overshadowed by what this film does right. It’s been a week since I first watched it and i’m still thinking about it. If that doesn’t speak for the quality of the movie, then I don’t know what does.

“Alien: Covenant” Makes Me want to Kill Myself And I’m not even Joking

This movie is bad… and I mean BAD! 

 

Like, It’s so bad that It made me want to start a blog just to complain about how bad it is. That’s how bad it is.

So instead of me just saying how bad this movie is, how about I actually start listing my problems with it.

 

PROBLEM 1: IT LOOKS GOOD ON THE SURFACE.

Now you might be thinking me, “why would a movie looking good be a problem? That doesn’t sound like a problem to me.” And all I would have to say about that is that you’re right,  The movie looking good isn’t a problem on its own. But the fact that the visual style of Ridley Scott Is wasted on this terribly written and Boring movie just pisses me off to no end.

 

Look at these shots!!!

 

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it’s undeniable that Ridley Scott really excels at making sci-fi visually appealing. But it feels like most of the visual flair is only there for the trailers to sucker in the dumb ass consumer to buy tickets to see the movie. I would know because I am one of those suckers.

I’m pretty sure that a Whopping 20% of the scenes in this movie are just made for the trailers. My favorite example of that is this scene right here.

 

In the context of the film, This scene was completely unnecessary. The only reason I can think of for why they put this in the movie was so they can stick it into the trailers to advertise it as horror movie. It’s so cliché… It looks like it could fit right into the movie “psycho”!

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PROBLEM #2: THE CHARACTERS

 

If you ask me to name 5 characters in the entire film I would probably name David and Katherine then look at you with a  1000 yard stare worthy of a Vietnam veteran.

This is probably the worst shortcoming of this film since arguably Characters are the most important aspect of movies. So to show you how bad this movies characters are I am going to go over them 1 by 1.

This is Katherine, your “main character”

 

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Besides being a Ripley clone, their really isn’t much of a character here. The only characterization she gets is at the beginning of the film when her husband dies. Because of this she is understandably sad. We don’t know anything about her as a human being besides the fact that she is a widow.

Now think back to your favorite characters in cinema, If I where to ask you about their likes and dislikes or their strengths and weaknesses you would be able to answer what they are, correct? Now could you answer any of those questions for Katherine? OF COURSE YOU CAN’T BECAUSE KATHERINE IS LITERALLY JUST WRITTEN IN TO BE THE RIPLEY OF THE FILM.

You might be thinking I’m taking “characterization to seriously” or “Characterization isn’t that important”. if you think that, your wrong because if Rip- I mean if Katherine does something like being able to quickly become a good captain after the 1st captain AND the 2nd in command die, I need the film to set up her character so that it’s believable when she does take the role as captain so that my suspension of disbelief isn’t broken.

This brings us to the next character David

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Even though David is a villain and an android I actually sympathize with him the most. Because out of all the characters he gets the most characterization.

David is set up to be free thinker and human hating despite his human-made background, So when David goes on a rampage killing humans, we know why he does it. It’s because of his hate of humans.

Even though that the film does show that David hates his creators, It doesn’t delve deep into why David hates his creator despite the 15 minute intro dedicated to his character.

 

 

The rest of the characters are literally just canon fodder or rehashes of past alien characters. Wow Tennessee huh… That totally isn’t the same character as Dallas from the first alien movie.

I can’t remember any of the other characters. Which makes it really hard to care about what’s going on in the first place. The single worst thing you can do in a movie is make the audience not care about what’s happening.

 

 

PROBLEM #3: HORROR CLICHES AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!

 

If you couldn’t already tell with the shower scene, this movie is predictable and clichéd. There wasn’t a single moment in the entire flick where I couldn’t tell what was about to happen.

My favorite(not actually my favorite) scene is when the 2nd in command captain follows David into an alien nest after he knows that David is the one who designed the parasites that killed his crew.

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So this captain follows David in, David tells him to look at the eggs closer. Now at this point the audience knows that a Facehugger is going to pop out the egg and latch on to his face. it’s so obvious that a toddler could see it a mile away yet the Aliens Covenant has the gall to try to jump scare the audience. Not a single person in that theater jumped or was surprised by that jump scare.

If you thought that example was bad, well get used to it because the movie is filled with moments exactly like that one.

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