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Hollywood Schemes To Destroy The Time Travel Genre

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Now that the big brother studio world has sufficiently killed our beloved zombie genre and is slowly oversaturating society with superheroes, their sights have turned towards time travel. In a wake of newly announced time travel to-be movies comes yet another: James Mangold is going to direct clock jumping movie,The Archive. But it's ok, he's familiar with time travel - remember Kate and Leopold, the romantic comedy where Hugh Jackman travels back in time to make out with Meg Ryan's plastic lips?


I think it's safe to say that everyone on the planet hated, hated, hated the time traveling love story Kate And Leopold. There isn't much information on The Archive, other than the fact that it's being written by playwright David Auburn. True, Mangold did ok work in Walk The Line and 3.10 to Yuma, but orchestrating a time traveling thriller is hard work.

It scares me so to think: if the time-travel movie genre becomes a huge trend, how long until the Back To The Future remake with a sassy teenage girl who's from the wrong side of the tracks? The fact that there are so many bad scifi movies coming out (like Metal Man) puts too much pressure on the-could-be-greats. I cannot wait for Dark Knight, but has my excitement with all this viral marketing nonsense and clutter from the rest of the scifi genre upped the ante too high? And what about World War Z, why have we already decided this will be the best zombie movie of the 2000s? Either way, I just want to close my eyes and wake up to more original ideas.


I'm telling you we are entering dangerous The Lake House time traveling letters territory here people. So take heed, producers and directors: be gentle with the time traveling, it's one of the few things we've got left. So why don't you all just go back to making romantic comedies and keep your greasy studio money off of my time machine.


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@geekzilla: Well, I suppose you could read it that way. The reason I like this movie is that you can interpret it several ways. Gilliam did his job well on that score. Your ending and meaning just might work.

But I interpreted it another way. There was always some question as to motives of the council of scientists. Were they really trying to defeat the virus to reconquer the surface world, or were they just doing what they could to ensure that certain events take place to bring about a world where they come to power?

They give Cole contradictory instructions. First they say he can't change the past and that he's only looking for information on the virus to bring back to the present to be acted on. Then, rather strangely, another chrononaut, Jose, comes to tell Cole that he can change the past, that he can stop the virus from being released if he shoots Dr. Peters before he can spread the virus.

Why do they tell him to do this? A few scenes earlier, we are shown that Dr. Peters has already released the virus in airport security, thus infect himself, the security office and perhaps a few people nearby. The plague is out. Why tell Cole to stop Peters at all?

Maybe the council of scientists didn't already know that yet and this was just another botched attempt to try to change the past. But it was also clear that they were withholding information from Cole as a way of manipulating his actions. What did council really know?

But as I said, your ending works too. It's clear that Gilliam was playing with us a bit. There was a period in the middle of the film were it was entirely plausible that Cole was just hallucinating the whole thing. The time machine looked suspiciously like a medical MRI scanner. Gilliam did that on purpose.

Closed temporal loops, the temporal equivalent of Ouroboros or Catch 22, can melt your brain if you think about them too hard but, they are causally non-contradictory. That's why they are allowed in general and special relativity and quantum mechanics—although we've yet to see any evidence of them existing in nature. Some cosmologists have argued that the universe itself might be the ultimate closed temporal loop, being it's own beginning and end, as sort of 5 dimensional space-time donut. Kurt Godel was one of the first to proposed this idea.

Haven't seen Donnie Darko yet, I guess I got to now.

Anyway, I do recommend everyone see "Nobody" It's not really science fiction its more like horror but it's still time travel and brain melting.