Movie Review: Time Machine: Rise of the Morlocks (2011)

Synopsis: After a failed time travel experiment resulted in his test subjects disappearing, Dr. James Radnor walks away from his research and publishes a "fictional" account of the event. The military, without his knowledge, reactivates the experiment and when they are unable to close the portal to the future, allowing creatures known as Morlocks into the present, Radnor and a group of soldiers need to travel back to the future to save the day.

Who's in it? The movie stars David Hewlett, Christina Cole, Jim Fyfe, Hamish Clark and Shelly Varod.

I couldn't find a trailer for the movie so please enjoy this scene from The Big Bang Theory

Review: My wife and I decided to save the new episodes of our favorite shows for the weekend, and I ended up searching for a movie to watch instead. I didn't have a lot of expectations for this film but thought it would at least have plenty of action, so we gave it a try. After seeing it, even with the lowered expectations, I honestly wasn't all that impressed.

I think my biggest problem with this movie is just how stupid it makes the United States military seem. There was no rhyme or reason to their strategy when entering the future world and it seemed like their plan was to get as many people killed as possible. This included going into the hostile world on foot, when they had a portal big enough to take a tank (or tanks) through and were on a military base that had those. Not to mention they have one person in their group with any knowledge of how to fix the portal device and were making minimal effort to keep him alive. I'm not even sure why they needed him to go with them before they located and secured the device.

Frankly, that part of it bothered me a whole lot more than the weak CGI special effects. I know this was a made-for-tv movie with a limited budget, but there were a lot of times when I felt like I was watching a video game rather than a movie.

I also wasn't a big fan of the main antagonist, Colonel Wichita (Robert Picardo). This is mostly because I felt like the movie already had enough going on and having an obsessed colonel who wanted the experiment to continue for personal reasons just wasn't necessary. It also ended up spoiling the big reveal about what the Morlocks were and how they were created because it wasn't too difficult to piece that together based on his objective. Not that a surprise twist would have made this movie all that much better.

Final Opinion: There are plenty of films based on H. G. Wells' book. This one is probably one of the worst. I don't recommend it.

My Grade: F


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