Go Into The Story | Movie Story Type: Time Travel

Bryan Colley says:
2013-07-04 12:06:08

I also recommend the hilarious French film Les Visiteurs, where Jean Reno travels from medieval France to the modern day and encounters his ancestors.
There was an American remake but it was lousy.
Mark Walker says:
2013-07-04 16:26:31

Les Visiteurs was great....but you have just ruined my one claim to fame Bryan as I was an extra in the US remake which used the local Berkeley Castle for some of the exterior shots! Great fun days (as a student £100 a day was luxury) and I did at least meat Jean Reno and get to discuss the difficulties of wearing chain mail armour.....but yeah the film was a bit rubbish! ;-)
Mark Walker says:
2013-07-04 16:36:51

"meat" Jean Reno....jeez.....hopefully you know what I meant....
Mark Walker says:
2013-07-04 16:33:59

Twelve Monkeys was one of my favourites and now Looper is up there with it... I don't care what anyone else says about it, or worry about the plot holes, it is still a well crafted film that is a joy to watch. I have the screenplay in front of me ready to be read.
Primer was also a pretty good effort....very cerebral, and demands more than one viewing - and possibly some googling for diagrams that explain its looping plot - but very clever.
But you can also have a lot of fun with it...I love the bits in Bill and Ted when they think about the things they would do as their future selves only find they have already done them....I think they find a set of keys in this way towards the end of the first film, by suggesting where they would hide them in the future....and there they are....superbly clever and funny...my god we watched that film a lot when I was at school!
And the one thing I love about time travel films is the whole "self-fulfilling prophecy" thing when people work so hard to stop an impending catasprophe, only to find that they were the catalyst all along....all that stress and the realisation that there was nothing they could do about it...Damn them all to hell!
CydM says:
2013-07-04 20:53:37

La Jette blew my little mind when I first saw it. One blink of an eye as still photos took us through time (12 Monkeys was the remake, correct?). Looper. Wow. Made me jump off the couch.
Forever Young. That speaks to exactly what you're talking about with time travel - extension of life. Isn't that a genre bender/blender as well? Time travel + love story?
Richard Armitt says:
2013-07-04 21:05:48

Star Trek IV anybody?
Think too hard about most time travel movies and they start to fall apart. At least Voyage Home had a fairly simple purpose, get in, grab the whales, get out.
...and Scotty 'talking' to a computer mouse is still golden.
RumRunner says:
2013-07-05 06:49:13

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo came up with a very clever low budget time travel thriller "TimeCrimes". The script succeeds stacking up several levels of time travel and their consequences on each other. check it out : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timecrimes
Beth Matthews says:
2013-07-30 04:09:39

Back to the Future is my favorite of ALL TIME. (time, hahah) Hard to beat Marty and the Doc.
You forgot my other favorite "Frequency" with Dennis Quaid, which taps into that very primal desire to change the past and save our loved ones who've gone.
Other good/watchable time travel movies:
Time After Time--HG Wells faces off against Jack the Ripper in 1970s San Francisco. I love the HG Wells/Ripper mash-up.
TimeCop--pretty tight time travel plot. The middle sags, but the ending is pretty satisfying.
Grand Tour Through Time--interesting premise with tourists from a far future Utopia traveling back to watch natural disasters.