Lost in Time: Five Time Travel Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen (But Absolutely Need)

I’ve been asked to tell you about my favorite time travel novels, movies, and TV shows. You probably know my favorites.

I will not come to you with terminator. Or Back to the future. Or groundhog day. Or Planet of the Apes (either the Heston or Wahlberg installment will do). Or even 12 monkeys. All of this is absolutely amazing. And everything you’ve probably seen.

No. I’m going to take you on a journey off the beaten path: five time travel movies you might have missed.

I hope you enjoy them.

5: Déjà vu (2006)

Denzel Washington stars in this Tony Scott-directed film about an ATF agent who travels back in time to prevent a terrorist attack in New Orleans.

It remains one of my favorite Denzel films. It is saying something.

4: hour after hour (1979)

hour after hour was possibly the first travel movie I’ve ever seen (if not, it was Planet of the Apes-that scene with Heston on horseback and what he sees rising from the beach took my breath away).

But it was probably hour after hour which sparked my love of the genre. I think because of range, romance and intelligence.

It may not stand up to the glitz and special effects of today’s time travel blockbusters, but hour after houralmost 45 years old now, has an incredible history.

Malcolm McDowell plays author HG Wells, who in 1893 shows diners a prototype time machine. Later that night, one of the guests, who is actually Jack the Ripper, uses it to evade the police and travel to the future. When the machine returns (without the Ripper), Wells pursues it to 1979, in San Francisco.

3: Palm Springs (2020)

This Andy Samberg film is a bit like The hangover meets groundhog day. Andy’s character attends a wedding in Palm Springs when he gets caught in a time loop. Expect a few surprises (and more than a few laughs).

2: Paycheck (2003)

Welp, they got me at Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman in this near-future sci-fi thriller based on a short story by Philip K. Dick.

Imagine if you had built a machine that could see the future, but you couldn’t remember doing it. That’s all I’m saying – no spoilers here.

1: edge of tomorrow (2014)

OK. Maybe you have seen it. But like all conscientious time travelers, I accept variables and unexpected events. And if it turns out that you haven’t seen edge of tomorrowI envy you, because you are going to enjoy yourself.

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity)-directed film written by Christopher McQuarrie (The usual suspects).

To imagine groundhog day meets Starship Troopers (I imagine that’s how it was introduced at a meeting in Hollywood a few years before production began).

Insect-like aliens have landed on Earth. And conquered continental Europe. Tom Cruise’s hesitant character is part of the Earth force taking on said alien bugs. Things are not going well. Humans lose. Cruise is killed. And wake up yesterday. This is where things get interesting…

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