- Includes alternate ending
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Time-hoppers from the future, led by Cheryl Ladd, are abducting airline passengers about to crash, and transporting them a millennium hence in order to reseed a future blighted by environmental disaster. This is a dangerous business, plagued by the specter of accidentally creating time paradoxes, which could throw the future out of whack. Unfortunately, they've lost a couple of the stunners they use to subdue troublesome passengers, and these fall into the hands of a curious physicist (Daniel J. Travanti) and an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (Kris Kristofferson). Cheryl Ladd must retrieve these devices before a time paradox wipes out her world, but manages to complicate things by developing a romance with Kristofferson. All of which is very intriguing, having come from the short story, "Air Raid," by science fiction luminary John Varley, who also is credited with the screenplay. The part about airline abductions to save the disastrous future is straight from the original story, and the rest is expanded (you wouldn't say extrapolated) from it. The results are not very happy. About a third of the film is maddeningly wasted by repeating action from a different point of view. Seems natural when there are disparate timelines to deal with, but here nothing is added by the conceit. Only Travanti turns in a creditable performance as the physicist, bent on proving his theories about the future. He seems hungry for discovery, which is one of the things you want from a science fiction story, that sense of awe. But here it's just, "Aw, shucks!" --Jim Gay
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so this film is really interesting, some of the subject material is pretty far-out, and stuff you don't see as plots in newer movies, so it was, and still is, ahead of it's time, no pun intended. the story is really cool. about someone trying to retrieve a piece of technology from the future, back with them. it's cool how they wrote it, and you will like it more the second time than the first. this is because the movie quickly "folds over" or "overlaps" itself, but by the time you realize this, you can't remember the scenes! pretty smart way to do it. cheryl ladd is so beautiful. Just a vision....oh the movie, it's a cool film and something to show your friends and have them just be like "where did you find this hidden gem"? kris kristofferson is really great as well, just a great leading man, all dashing and classic. check it out
will become as this movie shows. Great special effects for an older movie.
**When Kristofferson was a kid he was on a flight that crashed and he was the only one who survived. This movie revolves around why he was the only one who survived. As an adult he works for a company who investigates why the plane went down. Not going to say any more. It is really a great movie.
thought it was OK but then forgot about it.
I stumbled across the title on IMDB and then noticed that
I had never seen this shown on any T.V. channel since and
decided to buy it. I'm glad I did.
If you like time travel movies you'll probably like this.
I do give the makers of the movie "Millennium" credit for at least trying to explain such an arcane subject as time travel. Of course, I wouldn't have expected the movie to be as detailed as was the book and it wasn't. The sets depicting the future world were supposed to give a sense of decadence, and they did. I applaud the production designer(s) for not opting for the usual shiny, glitzy "future" - especially in 1989. I don't think they were imaginative enough, but that's a highly subjective appraisal and they were probably on a budget.
Many reviewers have complained about the so-called "flashbacks" showing the same scene from different points of view. That wasn't the director being "artistic." The different points of view were necessary to show that the different characters (primarily Bill Smith and Louise Baltimore) were each at different points on their personal time-lines even though they were in the same room together. For example, After Bill Smith and Louise Baltimore have spent the night together, Bill finds the lost stunner in the wreckage of the airliner that has been deposited in a hangar. He fiddles with it and is paralyzed by it, but he can still breathe and see. After Bill has been lying on the floor for a while, Louise appears from the future with her snatch team. Bill recognizes her immediately, but she does NOT recognize him. This is because their shack-up in the hotel room is in his past, but is in Louise's future - they are at different points in their personal time-lines. And Louise's personal time-line will become even more tangled. As I said in the title to this review, it's a credible attempt.