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THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE (2009) - PREVIEW 



 

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

Starring:
Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Jane McLean
Director:  Robert Schwentke

U.S. Opening Date: August 14, 2009


 

THEY SAY

Based on the best-selling book about a love that transcends time.

Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler - cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry's travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love.

WE SAY

With very little advance hype and marketing thus far, The Time Traveler’s Wife seems set to simply disappear at multiplexes come August 2009.

Which is a pity as it is based on one of our most favorite science fiction novels of recent years, namely Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel of the same name. Sure, like 1984 and Brave New World it was however marketed as something more “literary” than “mere” sci-fi. But come on! For starters, the idea of a nude time traveler is stolen straight from the Terminator movies and its ideas of mutant genes from the X-Men!

What Niffenegger however does with its central conceit – our time traveler hero cannot control when he time jumps and for how long - is unique. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a truly clever, original and emotionally affecting piece of work. It is everything the over-rated cult item 1980 Somewhere in Time starring Jane Seymour and Christopher (Superman) Reeve attempted to be, but never was.
So if you are looking for something a bit more cerebral and involving than your average Tolkien rip-off such as Sword of Shannara and Eragon weighing down the SF / Fantasy shelves at your local bookstore, then check out Niffenegger’s novel.

To be honest we are not entirely convinced that the movie will do the book any justice. For starters, the emotionally reticent actor Eric Bana (from the Ang Lee Hulk movie) may fit the character’s description and looks, but we don’t know if he’s got what it takes to pull the role off convincingly . . .
 

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