movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Warning: I shall be comparing this movie to The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

PLOT SUMMARY: Dude time travels uncontrollably. Makes romance hard.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Pedophile grooms child to have sex with him once she’s legal, then cheats on her with a younger version from the past.

PEOPLE: Starring the lovely Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Hot Chick, Wedding Crashers), who I still think is better as a blonde, and Eric Bana (Nero from Star Trek 0, Funny People, Troy, Hulk (2003), Black Hawk Down). With Ron Livingston (Peter from Office Space, Adaptation, Swingers, Some Folks Call It A Sling Blade, Band Of Brothers) and Jane McLean (Shoot ‘Em Up).

QUIRKS: Involuntary time travel and Romance. Based on a book.

VISUALS: No real need for them in this kind of movie.

MORALS: Time travel throws your entire moral compass in a river, leaving you to have to come up with new morals for situations that would otherwise be impossible. This was actually one of the interesting facets of the movie. If you wake up naked somewhere, you’re generally going to have to mug someone or burglarize some clothes. Like the movie Crank, we end up with a protagonist who is a criminal, but only for good reasons.

BAD STUFF: Primarily focuses on romance. Then again, compared to Benjamin Button, this could be a good thing, as they don’t lay on the thick drama. I think Ian called Benjamin Button “saccharine-stained”, but I could easily be remembering that wrong.

CONCLUSION: The strange altered relationship paradigm and unique morals created by the sci-fi time travel scenario made for an interesting and unique romance story. And I say this, because straight romance with no twists is one of the most horrible genres ever. But throw in some sci-fi, fantasy, or comedy, and suddenly romance is bearable. This is one those movies. This really reminded me of The Curious Case Benjamin Button, what with two souls having to deal with time anomalies affecting their relationships… But this movie did not lay it on quite as thick as Benjamin Button did. Which makes it possibly more enjoyable and less profound at the same time.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. Same rating as Benjamin Button, but Clint at least had the initial impression he maybe liked this a bit more. It wasn’t quite as sappy or dramatic as Benjamin Button, and the sci-fi angle of time travel is more interesting [albeit less original] than the biological/fantasy angle of reverse aging. Carolyn agrees with that.

Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. Same rating as Benjamin Button, but Carolyn says she liked this movie slightly less.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.2/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (which, coincidentally, is also Netflix‘s predicted rating for us).

RECOMMENDATION: I recommend watching this and Benjamin Button on successive nights, and leaving a comment here as to how it was to experience both movies.

SIMILAR MOVIES: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is the most similar movie to this that I can think of. This had time travel, Benjamin Button had reverse aging. Both caused two soulmates to have to race against time, in one fashion or another, to be with each other. Benjamin Button definitely laid it on more thick and sappy, however. I think it would be interesting to watch Benjamin Button and this movie successively, to more accurately compare and contrast them.

MOVIE QUOTE: Clare Abshire: I wouldn’t change one second of our life together.

COINCIDENCES: (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Planetes #24) 2 videos in 2 days where someone had to *temporarily* be in a wheelchair due to hypothermia. Space/time travel’ll do that to ya.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Ian didn’t like it. At least he is consistent with our consistence in feeling approximately the same about both this and Benjamin Button. :)

Mood: annoyed
Music: Testament – Do Or Die