The Time Machine

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.  

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  1. Chris • August 27, 2016 @ 3:57 PM

    Who the heck wrote this article? It says “Gus Van Sant’s PSYCHO is fine” You gotta be kidding me! It might be the most terribly miscast film in Hollywood history! What a piece of junk!

  2. K. • August 27, 2016 @ 3:46 PM

    I have great affection for the original Clash of the Titans, but I actually prefer the remake (Just my opinion, folks.) I think the worst remakes are usually horror films: Psycho, The Wicker Man, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Evil Dead, Halloween, Dawn of the Dead. Those remakes were just dire.

  3. Balam • January 8, 2016 @ 2:35 PM

    Yes I’m afraid that new Clash of the Titans is far far worse than the original.

  4. uh.hellno • November 1, 2013 @ 6:24 PM

    New Clash of the titans is worse than the original? You must be out of your mind.

  5. tony • October 19, 2012 @ 10:38 PM

    unfortunatly i’ve seen most of these movies and the movie people should try for something better.

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