Trivia and Goofs
 The 2002 Simon Wells Movie

The Time Machine is supposed to be in the cave ... ... but the scene is from the laboratory in 1899!

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There is a goof in the final sequence in the underground Uber-Morlock cave when Alexander fires up the time machine and puts it in an overload. When he actually fires it up, the scene is not there in the cave but replayed from the original fire up sequence in the 1899 greenhouse laboratory only with a dark blue tint color shift. It's quite obvious, but happens so quick I suppose they thought they could get away with it.

Richard Warsinger in Oakland, California, spotted this one!

I have a little piece or trivia I think I found in the 2002 movie. It has to do with the scene where he travels from 1899 to 2030. In the movie, after he figures out he can't save Emma, he gets back into the time machine to travel to the future and find out why. We see the amazing scene where the light is diffused and shaped into a bubble around the machine, but there's something that happens next that people notice but soon forget.

After he throws the lever and the date begins to change, it shows a scene where Alexander is breathing heavily, as if he just went for a run. I recently began to read the book again, and I noticed a passage that talks about what time travel feels like. It says: "I am afraid I cannot convey the peculiar sensations of time travelling. They are excessively unpleasant. There is a feeling exactly like that one has upon a switchback-of a helpless headlong motion! I felt the same horrible anticipation, too, of an imminent smash."

Even though the scene didn't look like that, I think the screenplay writers or Simon Wells included this effect as a reference to the book, making it look like he was experiencing something rather "unpleasant". The reason why we may not see this effect on Alex happen again is because of this passage, also from the book: "The unpleasant sensations of the start were less poignant now." Anyway, I noticed this and just thought it would be interesting to think about. Thanks for reading!

-Alex Flamand, a Time Machine fan.
September 15, 2013

If you find more trivia or goofs, mail them to me! Even this page can have some goofs (especially spelling ones!)...

Sandra Petojevic, Master of Arts, February 17, 2008 (updated September 15, 2013)


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