|The Time Machine|
The story itself is terrific, and while screenwriter Logan (Gladiator) sticks to it he's on solid ground. But his frequent wavering leaves the film soggy and stupid, sacrificing logic for contrived movie moments that just don't work at all. The international cast is fine, but as the plot drifts into increasingly nonsensical drivel, it leaves them buried in bad dialog and pointless action set pieces. (And in Irons' case: appalling makeup, contact lenses and hair.) This isn't to say that it's badly made; it isn't. It just shows a profound lack of inventiveness and imagination from top to bottom--from set design to story themes. But that doesn't keep the filmmakers from pounding in their feeble message anyway. Ho hum.
dir Simon Wells|
scr John Logan
with Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Jones, Mark Addy, Phyllida Law, Omero Mumba, Sienna Guillory, Yancy Arias, Josh Stamberg, Laura Kirk, Alan Young
release US 8.Mar.02; UK 31.May.02
Absent-minded professor. Alexander needs his friend to help him get the girl (Addy and Pearce)
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