Saturday, January 4, 2014

Time After Time (1979)

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Writers: Karl Alexander, Steve Hayes, Nicholas Meyer

Composer: Miklos Rozsa

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen, Chalres Cioffi, Kent Williams, Andonia Katsaros, Patti D'Arbanville, James Garrett, Keith McConnell, Leo Lewis, Byron Webster

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Wildest Chase of the Century!

Plot: H.G. Wells has just invented a time machine but hasn't tried it out yet. When he discovers that one of his friends is actually Jack the Ripper, Jack makes his escape using the time machine. Herbert follows Jack into the late 1970's where he meets Amy, a bank clerk, who teaches Herbert about life in 70's while they pursue Jack, who is enjoying the more violent society in which he continues his murderous activities.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I love this movie.  I mean, you've got Malcolm McDowell AND David Warner? Sold!  Mary Steenburgen is all kinds of awesome.  It's a great story, too, and it's handled really well by Nicholas STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982) Meyer.  Miklos Rozsa's old Hollywood score works beautifully bridging the two time periods.  It's a really fun flick but don't think too hard because all Wells (McDowell) had to do to avoid all of this is obvious...just go back in time to one day before Stevenson (Warner) steals the time machine.  But then, that'd be a really short movie.

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