Rating: NNNTHE TIME MACHINE (Simon Wells) is the second adaptation of H.G. Wells's classic novel about a turn-of-the-19th-century professor (Guy.
THE TIME MACHINE (Simon Wells) is the second adaptation of H.G. Wells’s classic novel about a turn-of-the-19th-century professor (Guy Pearce) who, mourning the death of his fiancee (Sienna Guillory), builds a machine that hurls him through time. He eventually travels 800,000 years into the future, living among the Eloi tribe, who are hunted by the cannibalistic Morlocks. Pearce, who also toyed with the nature of time in Memento, does a great job of moving gradually from absent-minded intellectual to down-and-dirty action hero. Writer John Logan (Gladiator) adds a few viewer-friendly touches to Wells’s story — like giving the hero a name, which was missing from the novel — without affecting the exuberance of this early sci-fi work. Director Wells (who just happens to be the great-grandson of the author) keeps the story moving at a quick clip. His best decision was bringing in special-effects genius Stan Winston to design the nasty Morlocks. Winston’s latex creatures (imagine muscle-bound Orcs) are terrifying, especially when the CGI effects kick in and they rush at the defenceless Eloi at full speed. 120 minutes. NNN