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5 Time Travel Movies You Need To See

Will we ever be able to go back in time, to undo our past mistakes? This has always been a thought nagging at the back of the human mind. Does time flow in a straight line or is it a curve that intersects at certain sports? Are there other time dimensions? There are a bunch of questions to which we have no answers.

But the lack of knowledge and proof on this subject did not stop script-writers from making some amazing time travel stories. Some of them are funny, while others revolve around a romantic theme, but nonetheless, they are all awesome. 

In this blog post, I am going to share with you five of my favorites movies. Please check out our very detailed and comprehensive collection of the most amazing time travel films.

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

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Stuck behind the desk, tired with work, frustrated with life! We all crave a break, that is entertaining and bang on. Three childhood friends get back together and reminisce about their good ole’ days.

In a wild night of crazy partying, they get drunk and fall in the hot tub. In this movie, a hot tub is a time machine that takes them back to 1986. Back in time, they right their wrongs and build some happier memories to take back with them. It is a light-hearted movie without much sci-fi details, which makes it a  fun one among the time-travel movies.

Read: Collection of all Time Travel Stories (Fiction)

DÉJÀ VU

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Are you a badass? Or maybe you would like to become one. Déjà vu is one of the time-travel movies starring Denzel Washington, it is also an action movie. Here Washington plays the role of an AFT agent who never gets to the crime scene in time.

He has regrets that he never catches the convict at the right time. As a stroke of luck, he gets messed up in “Snow White” (an operation) and gets to time travel. Back in time, he chases the notorious mugger Jim, putting him behind bars. Deja Vu is s perfect blend of fact and fiction, with a commendable performance from Washington.

TIME AFTER TIME

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Nothing can compete with a masterpiece from the father of time travel fiction, HG Wells. In this movie, McDowell or Wells himself invents a time the travel machine. His friend Ripper played by David Warner also gets on the time machine.

They both go back in time and what disappoints them is the illusion of socialistic utopia. Nicholas Mayor, the mastermind behind directing the movie makes this movie come alive with humor.

Read: What is Time Travel?

X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Talk about ruining the climax; this movie cancels out the X-men – The last stand. Any progress the movie made goes out in vain when Logan (Hugh Jackman) goes back in time to save Eric from going down the wrong path. The future of mutants rests on how the movie turns out in the end. Will mutants be accepted in society, or treated as an anomaly forever?

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

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Those who are sci-fi geeks, as well as poetic nerds, will love this. Woody Allen makes “Escapism” the central theme in his movies. You must see “Sleeper” and “Zelig” in both movies he used some agent to escape.

In Sleeper, the protagonist Miles wakes up 200 years later to witness surprising changes in the human race whereas in the movie Zelig the protagonist is an everyman (he can change to anyone).

Midnight in Paris is a romantic movie that takes a u-turn when Gil and his fiancé take a cab at midnight. They time travel back to the 1920s, to the great literary period where they meet popular writers Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Best Time Travel Books You Will Surely Enjoy

Time Travel novels are in vogue now. They are a separate genre under the sci-fi novels. Human beings are intrigued by traveling through time. Writers have written many such novels inspired by it.

A unique thing about it is the different perspectives of different ages and different cultures. We get the opportunity to travel through the mind of the author. Here are a few of our top recommendations for you.

THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. WELLS

This is a classic in the Time Travel genre. A man builds a machine that helps him to look into the future. He just looks around at a different period. He gets sucked into time periods and gets into trouble. However, he escapes back always. The main episode of the novel is when the protagonist travels to a distant future. There he sees there are two categories of people.

Eloi, who are humans who have ceased to be creative and live off their forefather’s achievements. Another class is that of Morlocks, who live in darkness and come out at night. They are slaves. Critics have drawn metaphorical interpretations from it. There is nothing as cool as this time paradox.

TIMESCAPE by GREGORY BENFORD

It is a tad bit different from others in its genre. Timescape is a novel where messages are sent back in time. It is sent 35 years back to prevent an ecological disaster. Benford is a genius because he brings parallel time streams to play. The accident is prevented from happening. The future is unaffected by it. It is a gripping story on time travel.

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THE ANUBIS GATES by TIM POWERS

It is a favorite of even the fantasy genre readers. The story is about Brendan Doyle, who is a history professor. He is the tour guide of a bunch of tourists. But when he goes to the Timescape, he is stuck there. In the nineteenth century, he has to fight off vampires, werewolves, and witches.

He finally returns with a twist in the story. If you love Egypt and are a wannabe vampire, then you will love this. Tim Powers very expertly blends time travel with fantasy.

THE IMMORTAL by ROGER ZELAZNY

The novel is set during the Cuban missile crisis. Hugh Farnham is a survivor who protects his family and friend Barbara from an explosion. But due to lack of oxygen, he and Barbara have to exit the shelter. They step into a different time zone in the future.

It includes their struggle with Barbara’s pregnancy and slavery. Later they step back to their time, but it’s not the same universe. This novel breaks all the stereotypes of time travel being linear.

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by AUDREY NIFFENEGGER

It’s a novel that adds a biological twist to it. Henry has a genetic disorder. It is known as chrono-impairment (CI). It forces him to time travel. He can’t control his tendency. His wife Clare is so troubled with his disease. They try a lot of medical treatment.

Nothing works out. Soon their daughter is born who also has CI. You would love to get afflicted by CI but with a bit of improvement. Time travel with control of your own. I will leave the fate of Henry undisclosed so you can read and find it yourself. It is an intense story that will touch your heart.

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