Let's be honest: there has never been a truly satisfying adaptation of H.G. Wells' science-fiction masterpiece, but George Pal's 1950 original got pretty close. So when Simon Wells (the great-grandson of the legendary author) released his adaptation of the novel, it was viewed as pure sacrilege—not to mention a complete betrayal of his great-grandfather's work. The film—which replaces the melancholy perspective on humanity's place in the universe with a dumb, generic "let's change the past" angle—takes every misstep imaginable, veering violently away from the source material and showing absolutely no signs of improvement for it. The compelling, socio-biological take on humanity's evolution into two distinct species is completely abandoned in favor of a horrifyingly dumb simplification of the premise: the Morlocks are intimidating monsters, not sympathetic but vile creatures, and the Eloi are primitive but not unintelligent savages.