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The film this most closely resembles is Slaughterhouse Five, which was also taken from a novel (SF was by Kurt Vonnegut) What made the earlier film and book classic was Vonnegut's understanding that human emotions are inextricably entwined with the nature of human temporality. In Vonnegut, Billy Pilgrim, the time traveller, cannot lose or await things in the way that we lose them or await them (we do so because of the unidirectional sequential nature of our time experience) Vonnegut recognized that this distinction would make the time traveller a completely unique character philosophically and emotionally (that's why Billy Pilgrim had a Buddha self, like Kain in the Kung Fu TV series that I am currently watching) For time travelers, no event can be the "final" event (e.g. you can still impregnate a woman after you have a vasectomy), hence no tragedy can occur, for example. There are a couple of moments when the time traveller in this film shows this awareness (as when he tells the best man that the wedding will work out fine) For the most part, however, the film treats time travel as if it is dealing with a traveling shoe salesman instead of a time breaker. I wouldn't say that the film is terrible; but it certainly fails to measure up against its inspirational source. Watching it is like listening to Myley Cyrus do covers of songs from Jimmy Hendrix's AXIS BOLD AS LOVE CD. I also agree with some earlier reviewers that the movie is tainted by a hint of the pedophile. Surely those scenes could have been presented less suggestively.
|6/10||basilherringboneiii@ - 116 reviews|
28.8.2009 - age: 13-17
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