Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Jane McLean
Director: Robert Schwentke
U.S. Opening Date: August 14, 2009
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.
With very little advance hype and marketing thus far, The
Time Traveler’s Wife seems set to simply disappear at multiplexes come
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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