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time travel movie
Topic by: mdraine
Posted: May 28, 2009 - 5:52 PM PDT
Last Reply: June 1, 2009 - 4:16 PM PDT

author topic: time travel movie
mdraine
post #1  on May 28, 2009 - 5:52 PM PDT  
Im trying to remember the title of a time travel movie which was released on DVD last winter. It was a low budget, independent shot-on-video film made in the past few years, and it concerned a group of three or four well-dressed suburban scientists who found a way of travelling a few days back in time. One of them does something which screws things up.
Though the acting was a bit flat, the lack of contrived drama gave the film an oddly compelling vérité quality.
Does anybody know the title? All I remember about the title is that it seemed to use some term from quantum theory.
troublemaker
post #2  on May 28, 2009 - 6:02 PM PDT  
Could it possibly be Primer?

Took me a second, but I'm fairly certain that's the movie you're thinking of :)
Cinenaut
post #3  on May 28, 2009 - 8:15 PM PDT  
In my opinion, it's one of the best time travel movies ever made.

If you haven't already done so, you might want to check out Timecrimes.
mdraine
post #4  on May 29, 2009 - 6:37 AM PDT  
> troublemaker wrote: Could it possibly be Primer?
Took me a second, but I'm fairly certain that's the movie you're thinking of :) ---------------------------------

That's it! The title wasn't deeply burned into my cerebellum because I hadn't heard of it until it recommended on the Greencine new releases; it didn't have the PR buildup of a bunch of advertisements and trailers. The film is absolutely haunting.
Here's what got me thinking about Primer? again. A ghostwriter friend told me that a physicist contacted her with a screenplay idea involving quantum physics and time travel. All he would say is that time travel is possible, and that he had done it.
She asked him for an example of a film that could give her an idea of what he was talking about, and he said, "You've heard of BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE?"
Cinenaut
post #5  on May 29, 2009 - 12:01 PM PDT  
Somebody made a Primer time line. Major spoilers, natch.
Vanamonde
post #6  on May 30, 2009 - 5:23 PM PDT  
Time Travel fans! I had a first date why back when the first "Terminator" film had just come out. My date was very impressed with innovation in the story line with the time travel. The silly bunny had no idea that sci-fi has been playing with this subject at least since H.G. Wells.

I wish someone would make a film of Bob Heinlein's, "By His Bootstraps". It is a short story in the collection, "The Menace from Earth" and was written in 1941 and is probably the source for a thousand timebending cliches in the genre.

Highly recommended.

underdog
post #7  on June 1, 2009 - 4:16 PM PDT  
> On May 30, 2009 - 5:23 PM PDT Vanamonde wrote:
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> Time Travel fans! I had a first date why back when the first "Terminator" film had just come out. My date was very impressed with innovation in the story line with the time travel. The silly bunny had no idea that sci-fi has been playing with this subject at least since H.G. Wells.
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> I wish someone would make a film of Bob Heinlein's, "By His Bootstraps". It is a short story in the collection, "The Menace from Earth" and was written in 1941 and is probably the source for a thousand timebending cliches in the genre.
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> Highly recommended.

It's a great story. I'd thought about trying to write a script based on that one but assumed someone else had beaten me to it. Yet years have passed and still no. While it has been influenced itself by "The Time Machine" it seems like Heinlein's story influenced Ken Grimwood's "Replay," among others. Maybe even "Groundhog Day" to an extent.

I wonder how it would come off as a film, and what would need to be changed. Probably have to pare away some of the supporting characters.

I've also wanted to adapt "The Stars, My Destination" (Alfred Besser) but that's another hard one to translate to the screen.
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