Time After Time
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Famed scholar, author, inventor and prophet H.G. Wells chases Jack theRipper, one of the most feared serial murderers of all time, from19th-century London to modern-day San Francisco in this science fictionthriller.When Jack the Ripper (David Warner) flees across time in one ofH.G. Wells' (Malcolm McDowell) inventions, Wells follows him to the 20thCentury. Now, in a city and a time completely unknown to him, Wells mustfind a way to stop the Ripper from continuing his streak of murders.]]>
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However, I instantly fell in love with this movie over 25 years ago--and I still consider it a rip-roaring good time!
Starting out with the most bizarre plot ever, "Time After Time" will keep you enthralled. It is a glorious popcorn flick--fast, light, fun, and exciting in equal measures. Set in 1893, we meet H. G. Wells (Malcolm MacDowell) who is unknowingly friends with Jack The Ripper (David Warner). MacDowell has constructed a time machine which Warner misappropriates as he is fleeing the authorities. He travels to modern day San Francisco where he continues his murderous ways. MacDowell follows him, he must stop Jack The Ripper! He meets up with a local woman, Mary Steenburgen, who helps him adjusts and ultimately gets caught up in his unlikely story.
"Time After Time" succeeds in several different genres concurrently. This is a credible sci-fi pic, a sweet romance, a fish out of water comedy, as well as a decent serial killer thriller. I think that's what I love and respect about this film, it's out there. There is no way that this picture should work, it should be terrible. And yet, inexplicably, Nicholas Meyer has crafted an intricate and audacious work. Even if I didn't love this movie, I would respect its ambition and scope. But love it I do, this is one of the most wildly entertaining pictures you could hope to see. Some people might be tempted to dismiss this work as dated or even slight--and yes, you do have to accept that this is a product of the 70's.Read more ›
A relatively innocent and naive H.G. Wells, well-played by a Malcolm McDowell very different from the one that played Alex in "A Clockwork Orange," sets the stage for Jack the Ripper, played by David Warner, to travel forward into 1979 to menace modern San Francisco.
The movie has a few flaws. The special effects of time travel are a bit cheesy. Fortunately, time travel is a device to set the stage for the movie, and the weak special effects can be forgiven given the quality of the rest of the movie. As for why the time machine moved from London to San Francisco, there isn't any really good way to explain how that happened. The best explanation I can give is that the Earth was spinning below the time machine as it maintained a fixed location. However, gravity must have played a role because had the movement of the earth been the only reason for the location change, both Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells would have ended up in outer space as the Earth and the solar system moved out from under them. If you can suspend your belief in time travel you can also suspend your belief in how the time machine moved.
Getting past the special effects you get to a marvelous early performance by twenty-five year old Mary Steenburgen. She plays a very modern woman to Malcolm McDowell's Victorian naivete, and while she is very modern, holding an executive position and talking about sexual relationships with the casualness of pre-AIDs 1979, she also has an innocence of her own that is well suited to Malcolm's character.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good movie, but can't put my finger on but seemed like something was missing.Published 9 days ago by M. L. Kunzler
Love this movie but even when I was a little girl, after I saw this I asked my dad, " Why didn't he just go back to November 4th, 1895 the day before Jack fled into the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Loosechippings
I have wanted this movie for years, never saw it on TV, so happy to have it for my own.Published 12 days ago by Linda White
This movie has not aged well. I remember enjoying it at the movie house, but this rewatch was disappointing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Artlog
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