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Plumbing H.G.'s wells,
This review is from: Time After Time [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Director Nicholas Meyer, who had already toyed with placing historical figures into speculative fiction with his earlier effort "The Seven Per Cent Solution" (pairing the fictional Sherlock Holmes with Sigmund Freud in a murder mystery) perfected this device in "Time After Time". Meyer cleverly puts H.G. Wells into one of the famous author's own speculative whimseys...a time machine, and through a bizarre set of circumstances sends him hurtling into the late 1970's to chase down the infamous Jack the Ripper. As silly as that premise appears on paper, it results in one of the most exciting, intelligent, and even (gulp!) touchingly romantic sci-fi films ever. Stars Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenbergen exhibit genuine romantic screen chemistry (not suprising, as it was this pairing that led to their eventual real-life marriage!) Veteran sociopath David Warner makes for a genuinely creepy Ripper. Most of the levity ensues from McDowell's 19th-century Victorian gentleman coming to grips with late 20th century San Francisco (a device borrowed a few years later by Leonard Nimoy when he helmed "Star Trek IV", although his time travellers came from the other direction). A winner on all counts!