The Time Machine

March 8th, 2002


The Time Machine

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Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.7/10 (49,991 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Simon Wells

Stars: Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy

Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, 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.

Writers: H.G. Wells, David Duncan

Guy Pearce - Alexander Hartdegen
Mark Addy - David Philby
Phyllida Law - Mrs. Watchit
Sienna Guillory - Emma
Laura Kirk - Flower Seller
Josh Stamberg - Motorist
John W. Momrow - Fifth Avenue Carriage Driver
Max Baker - Robber
Jeffrey M. Meyer - Central Park Carriage Driver
Jeremy Irons - Über-Morlock
Alan Young - Flower Store Worker
Myndy Crist - Jogger
Connie Ray - Teacher
Orlando Jones - Vox
Lennie Loftin - Soldier #1

Taglines: Where Would You Go?


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 8 March 2002

Filming Locations: Albany, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $22,610,437 (USA) (10 March 2002) (2944 Screens)

Gross: $123,729,176 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

A picture of H.G. Wells is visible in Alexander's house in several shots.

Revealing mistakes: When Alexander is unconscious traveling into the future, the dials on the time machine seem to be spinning at a rate of around one million years per second. He would have far surpassed the year 802,701. This shows that the dials were made to just spin, rather than count.

Über-Morlock: You built your time machine because of Emma's death. If she had lived, it would never have existed. So how could you use your machine to go back in time and save her? You are the inescapable result of your tragedy, just as I am the inescapable result of you. You have your answer. Now go.

User Review

How life must have changed for actor Alan Young during forty two years!


THE TIME MACHINE which I first saw at its London premiere in 1960 has long remained a personal favorite of mine. I bought the film 17 years ago and my own children grew up with it during the many times we have watched it since. It had a distinct charm and news of its impending remake was of no interest to me...another un-reworkable film if ever there was going to be one! I had no interest in its existence and even less inclination to see it. Dragged, protesting to the theater recently by my daughter who had already seen it and who, under the insane belief that I would enjoy it, strapped me into the seat! Raving incoherently and fully intending to dislike each and every frame, I watched what I expected to be my greatest nightmare since SPEED 2.

Well girls and guys...I was so wrong! The remake not only captures and enhances the memory and feel of the original in many ways, it is vastly better! Pearce, who improves mightily as the film progresses (his early wimpy appearance telegraphed danger as far as I was concerned!) is just plain excellent as the slightly unhinged designer. The time machine itself (understandably, with today's fx potential) creams Rod Taylor's 1960 mini-umbrella! Mark Addy makes a great "Philby" very much in the style of Alan Young's original characterisation. Nice touch too, having him cameo here as the florist! For him of course, he has experienced his own "time machine" in the 42 intervening years!

"One hit wonder" Samantha Mumba is an acting natural and as the Eloi girl, hits exactly the right note called for in the role. Both she and her younger brother Omero contribute greatly to the film's success. Everything about this film is visually impressive. Wonderfully imaginative sets and masterful cinematography. Jeremy Irons' small but significant role comes off well too!

I read complaints about the Morlock make-up? Hello? any of you ever SEEN a Morlock? No??? well then, kindly refrain from negative comment. These guys looked and moved way better than the little furry 1960 creations! I liked also the intent NOT to have Pearce able to reverse the death of his fiancee - that was heightened awareness on someone's part!

Add to the above a superb musical score and if this doesn't all make for an entertaining and thought provoking film, hey guys, you're hard to please. Certainly this was never intended for THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS set! It is inarguably the best remake I have ever seen and one of only a few have that ever managed to improve on the original!


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