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Best Time-travel Movies


  • Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)

    Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (R, 1995)

    Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, David Morse
    An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the ... read morecomedy troupe Monty Python. The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035 who can earn parole if he agrees to travel back in time and thwart a devastating plague. The virus has wiped out most of the Earth's population and the remainder live underground because the air is poisonous. Returning to the year 1990, six years before the start of the plague, Cole is soon imprisoned in a psychiatric facility because his warnings sound like mad ravings. There he meets a scientist named Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the mad son of an eminent virologist (Christopher Plummer). Cole is returned by the authorities to the year 2035, and finally ends up at his intended destination in 1996. He kidnaps Dr. Railly in order to enlist her help in his quest. Cole discovers graffiti by an apparent animal rights group called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, but as he delves into the mystery, he hears voices, loses his bearings, and doubts his own sanity. He must figure out if Goines, who seems to be a raving lunatic, holds the key to the puzzle. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi
    • mynocksdomein
      mynocksdomein: Bruce Willis is traveling thru time in order to stop the army of the 12 monkeys from releasing a de
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Primer

    Primer (PG-13, 2004)

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford
    The debut feature from filmmaker Shane Carruth -- who wrote, directed, photographed, edited, scored,... read more and stars -- Primer is a psychological sci-fi thriller about a group of four tech entrepreneurs. Toiling away in a garage, the quartet have successfully created error-checking systems for their clients. But their recent work seems to have created an unexpected and seemingly impossible side-effect. Suddenly, two members of the group realize they are in possession of a device that can double, or perhaps even quadruple, the space-time continuum of anything that enters it. What at first seems like a windfall of astronomical proportions eventually proves to be much more than they bargained for, as the duo attempt to manipulate time to their financial -- and emotional -- benefit. Also starring Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, and Carrie Crawford, Primer premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the coveted Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
    • lostinbritain
      lostinbritain: A grownups timetravel flick. Filmed with total realism. Great idea, perfectly realised.
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future (PG, 1985)

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson
    Contemporary high schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn't have the most pleasant of lives. Bro... read morewbeaten by his principal at school, Marty must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and his lovely mother (Lea Thompson), who in turn suffer the bullying of middle-aged jerk Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), Marty's dad's supervisor. The one balm in Marty's life is his friendship with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd), who at present is working on a time machine. Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty inadvertently interferes with the budding romance of his now-teenaged parents. Our hero must now reunite his parents-to-be, lest he cease to exist in the 1980s. It won't be easy, especially with the loutish Biff, now also a teenager, complicating matters. Beyond its dazzling special effects, the best element of Back to the Future is the performance of Michael J. Fox, who finds himself in the quagmire of surviving the white-bread 1950s with a hip 1980s mindset. Back to the Future cemented the box-office bankability of both Fox and the film's director, Robert Zemeckis, who went on to helm two equally exhilarating sequels. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
  • Premonition

    Premonition (PG-13, 2007)

    Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Nia Long, Kate Nelligan, Amber Valletta
    When Linda Hanson is told that her husband Jim has been killed in a car crash, she is shocked to fin... read mored him alive and well the next day. Linda's premonition sets off a series of puzzling events as she tries to grasp the situation and stop the accident from happening.