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The year is 1890 and Bible Professor Russell Carlisle has written a new manuscript. His book is about to receive an unanimous endorsement from the board members at Grace Bible Seminary until his colleague, Dr. Norris Anderson, has a difficulty with something. Dr. Anderson believes what Carlisle has written could greatly affect future generations. Using a secret time machine, Anderson sends Carlisle over 100 years into the future, offering him a glimpse of where his beliefs will lead.
Time Changer may be a little strident in its core message (i.e., ethics don't count unless they're backed by the force of Christ), but as an above-average feature for the Christian market, it's pretty agreeable. D. David Morin stars as a late-19th-century Bible professor named Carlisle, whose efforts to publish a book arguing that morals can be taught independent of Christ's teachings is denounced by one Dr. Anderson (Gavin Macleod), a board member at Carlisle's seminary. Anderson, who happens to be in possession of a time machine, sends Carlisle to the year 2001, where the latter quickly discovers the pitfalls of a secular world with relative morality and no absolute (i.e., Christian) standards. Time Changer's seasoned supporting cast, including Paul Rodriguez, Jennifer O'Neill, and Hal Linden, bring a professional gloss to the film that helps counter its thematic single-mindedness, while director Rich Christiano serves up some passable science fiction to go with all the preaching. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
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This movie takes an opportunity to preach to you at just about every chance it gets. This movie's loaded with "Christianny" scenes including presentations of the Gospel. In fact, the whole movie is basically one giant sermon.
Yet, it's a good sermon told via an interesting story. :) The acting ranges from somewhat poor to reasonable, with the main character unfortunately coming across the most "unbelievable", yet even despite this, it is still perfectly watchable. Production quality is perfectly fine for a movie of its class.
Ultimately what saves this movie is its underlying premise, which it hammers in throughout the movie, of just how far we as Christians have allowed ourselves (and thus as a response, society at large) to slip by losing focus off of Jesus Christ Himself. The movie showcases this by showing church life and society life of modern times with a man from over 100 years prior witnessing it and how shocked he is at what has happened. Actually, I felt this movie could have gone much farther in showing just how bad it really is. It HIGHLY sanitized things and barely scratched the surface of others. Even the church as portrayed in the movie was much better than what could have been showed (and still been very accurate, if not more so). In short, this movie didn't go nearly far enough.
Yet, it still made its point well enough to be effective. At the end of the day, this movie is a good family movie (though younger children will probably be bored) that can really cause you to think about the state of the Christian church today, and our role as Christians in society-at-large to be "in the world, but not of the world" and to be "set apart" as an example to unbelievers.
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