The concept of time travel by mechanical means was first popularized in H. G. Wells’ 1895 story, The Time Machine. In general, time travel stories focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future. The central premise for time travel stories oftentimes involves changing history, either intentionally or by accident, and how altering the past changes the future and creates an altered present or future for the time traveler when they return home. In fact, some time travel stories focus only on the paradoxes and alternate timelines that come with time travel, rather than time traveling itself. These stories often provide some sort of social commentary as time travel provides a “necessary distancing effect” that allows science fiction to address contemporary issues in metaphorical ways.
While there are literally hundreds of cinematic releases that deal with time travel, here’s a few that have a compelling story that you may not have seen. The list was compiled by a contributor to Reddit (text is her own).
Sound of my Voice
Cool movie, keeps you guessing. This movie is about a couple journalists trying to infiltrate a cult who worships a woman claiming to be from the future. Secret handshake FTW!!
A woman goes on a day sailing trip and it's nothing like she imagines. Mild violence/gore.
A very cool movie that occurs during a dinner party as a comet passes.
Movie set in the 1920s about a scientist desperate to get back to the past.
Three friends discover a machine that shows a picture 24 hours in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
Comedy with Chris O'Dowd and Anna Faris. Very funny :)
Movie about a professor who stops to send work stuff to his university when a scrap of newspaper goes past him, detailing events in the future.
Safety Not Guaranteed
A man places a classified ad requesting a partner for time travel. A journalist investigates.
From IMDB: At night and on weekends, four men in a suburban garage have built a cottage industry of error-checking devices. But, they know that there is something more. There is some idea, some mechanism, some accidental side effect that is standing between them and a pure leap of innovation. And so, through trial and error they are building the device that is missing most. However, two of these men find the device and immediately realize that it is too valuable to market. The limit of their trust in each other is strained when they are faced with the question, If you always want what you can't have, what do you want when you can have anything?
From IMDB: An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.
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