Monday, November 19, 2012

Time Travel on a Budget

Marty McFly:  “Are you telling me you built a time machine?  Out of a Delorean?
Doc Brown:  “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”
                                                      – Back to the Future

When people think of time travel movies they usually picture big budget ones like Back to the Future, Star Trek IV, Terminator 2, and other similar films.  These are the ones that have big special effects budgets and big names either in front of or behind the camera.  In fact, the concept of a low-budget time travel movie seems quite foreign to many people.  This hasn’t kept some people from making them, though.

Because of the limited budgets of the filmmakers and/or the characters in the films, these movies often do not focus on the “gee whiz” technology, or show scenes where the actual time travel takes place.  Instead they focus on the people involved and the consequences of their actions.  The first one I am going to review – Safety Not Guaranteed – even proceeds with the fact that time travel probably will not occur, instead focusing on a man who believes he can time travel and a few people who come to know him.

In addition to that film, I will also be recommending a film involving storage units, a film shot at a wedding reception, a Spanish film that deals with a serious time paradox, a film with a plane crash, a film about childhood trauma, and a film with two most excellent dudes.

As I post the reviews, I will come back and add links here for those posts:

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Primer (2004)
11 Minutes Ago (2007)
Timecrimes (2007)
Donnie Darko (2001)
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

On to the reviews…


  1. So, let's see, Primer, 11 Minutes Ago, Timecrimes, Donnie Darko, The Butterfly Effect and Bill and Ted? Excellent choices (I think, haven't seen two of these), I'm hoping to guage your opinion on 11 Minutes Ago and Timecrimes before I hunt them out.

    1. I'm impressed, especially with 11 Minutes Ago. I figured that was the most obscure of all of them.

    2. When I did my Top 5 Time Travel Films a few weeks ago I looked into it. The premise sounded interesting, but I didn't have time to track it down before posting the list (Primer was the only one I could get hold of that I hadn't seen before).