Time Travel – What have we learnt from the movies?

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A couple of days ago a news report broke, that I cannot believe I missed until today, an Iranian scientist claims he has invented a machine which can see into the future, the original news report can be seen here (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9985757/Iranian-scientist-claims-to-have-invented-time-machine.html). Legitimacy of this claim aside, it does bring up the topic of time travel, would it be good or bad for our society? The best place to look for evidence either way would in the various films that have been released over the years.

Back to the Future (1985)One of the most memorable time travel movies of all time, for this article we will forget about the fairly unfulfilling sequels and stick to the original. The basic plot to this well know movie is fairly simple, Marty Mcfly along with his friend Doc use a delorean fitted with a ‘flux capacitor’ to travel to 1955 where Marty meets his future Father and falls in love with his future Mother, therefore getting in the way of them meeting and causing his existence to become a paradox, shown through the fading of himself on a photo. Eventually everything turns out for the best with Marty and the Doc returning home to find they did alter the future, but for the best.

Even with a happy ending I believe back to the future teaches us some very serious lesson, that must be remembered. For starters the characters in this film were responsible, they saw what they were doing and did everything in their power to rectify this, but in this modern day in age, if time travel was available to the masses, would everyone be that responsible. The answer to that is an unequivocal no, we live in a world where people post videos sucking tampons, and other stupid things. There are stupid people everywhere, always have been and always will be, imagine if one of these, ‘stupids’ I’ll call them, went into the past, they wouldn’t care what they do and before you know it we will all be living in mud houses being led by rabbits (unlikely, but this is time travel anything is possible).

The Terminator (1984)

The Terminator shows another use of time travel which has links to more modern films such as Looper (2012). This films shows how time travel is used in the future by homicidal robots to assassinate or ‘terminate’ members of the future resistance before they even become part of that resistance. Luckily for the main target of these terminators, the humans also have this technology so send back one of their own to fight Arnie before he can read his goal.

What does this teach us? Robots, seriously killer robots will come. It’s going to happen. Well maybe not, but what it does show is that time travel will not only be used for people that want to go and see what life is like in the future, or want to go back and stroke a T-Rex. Time travel could very well be used for assassinations, whether this be good or bad, it’s still a frightening concept which I would say has more downfalls than it does benefits. Although who wouldn’t take the opportunity to go and teach Hitler and lesson or two in his younger years.

I’ll be honest ,when first writing this article I thought I would try and keep the arguments either way fairly even, but finding a time travel movie without any kind of good message towards time traveling is a difficult endeavor. There is a lack of films which show time travel as the unfilled experience we expect it to be. Even comedy films such as ‘Austin Powers – The Spy who shagged me (1997)’ show that time travel has dire consequences.

So from this authors opinion, don’t hope for time travel, it might seem all fun and games when you go and get next weeks lottery numbers, but it will not end well.

The best way to prepare yourself for this apocalyptic nightmare we may well be entering would be do your research so here is a list of must see films for anyone wishing to survive.

  • The butterfly effect (2004)
  • Twelve Monkeys (1995)
  • Donnie Darko (2001)
  • Hot tub time machine (2010)
  • Timecope (1994)

There are many more so feel free to comment, give your opinion on time travel and any other films you feel should have been noted.

The Arc Reactor

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Review time – Oblivion

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As mentioned in my first post, I love the cinema. Films make up a large part of my life, I spend a lot of time sitting and enjoying the many different forms of cinema we have to offer. So I thought why not write down my opinion of these films, get my opinions out there into public view.

So I’ll start with a movie that I went to see yesterday. Oblivion, on the surface looks like an average sci-fi film, set in a dystopian future where an alien race has invaded, started a war and left the world in pieces. They first landed on and destroyed the earths moon which then caused a domino effect on our planet, where cities are destroyed by earthquakes and other natural phenomena. This was an interesting enough idea to grab my interest, so off I went, beautiful girlfriend in tow, prepared for an average but interesting film.

I would say I’m a fair guy, if I’m wrong about something then I admit that I’m wrong. In this instance, I would say that I was wrong. Oblivion, was not just another sci-fi movie, it wasn’t average. It was fantastic. The storyline deviated from where I expected it too, and although parts were fairly predictable, there was enough twists and turns to keep you interested.

The acting in the film was superb, I’ll be honest, Tom Cruise would not be my number one choice for any character these days. I don’t usually enjoy his acting, but Oblivion was an exception to this rule. He played his character ‘Jack’ very well, you beloved the confusion, within Jack’s mind, you believed the emotion and you felt for his character, so when the last act came around you were happy and supportive, you wanted him to succeed. I would personally say that the best acting came from Andrea Riseborough, her character was so full of emotion, she was scripted well, but she brought so much feeling, you forgot you were in a movie, you felt like you were watching a woman break down as she repeatedly fears for the person she loves, but is torn by her faith in what she wanted in her future. In the end her faith comes first and she ends up regretting that decision, in the short moment that she can. I believe Morgan Freeman deserves a mention too as he as per usual plays a fantastic part.

The effects in the movie were great, there were many shots of the landscape where you could see demolished cities and stadiums. They looked real, the destruction looked how you would imagine it perfectly. All of this brought you into the film more and more, even more abstract objects such as the drones looked fantastically detailed, to help immerse you.

I’ll stop before I go into any more detail which would include spoilers, as I wouldn’t want to ruin any part of this film for you. I highly recommend you go and watch!

4/5

Pros: Acting, soundtrack, storyline, pretty much everything

Cons: The minority of scenes which just don’t work, such as the ending which could have been better

So everyone go watch, enjoy and let me know what you think!

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First Post!

So, decided to start a blog. I’m writing this post mostly as some sort of test, as the complex systems of ‘wordpress’ are currently confusing me! Eventually I hope to be updating this blog frequently with various uninteresting parts of my life, and would like to get some movie reviews up, as I tend to be at the cinema most days and I can be a bit of a critic.

Like I said, this is just a test, so expect a bit more substance to my future posts

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