Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

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Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel – 3 out of 5

Time travel is such a staple in the world of science-fiction that it’s hard to come up with new ideas on the subject to make movies on. For example, I thought I made up a great idea when I sat down and wrote a screenplay for a movie about a killer robot that is sent back in time to destroy a woman who will give birth to a son that will lead a revolution against the machines that are trying to rule the planet in the future. However, and here’s the kicker, a man is sent back by the boy to protect his mother so that he can be born but the guy sent back is actually the boy’s father! Pretty wild, eh? It gets better…I decided the sequel will be better than the first one and then two more awful sequels would be made. Then I was told that it was already done and it was called the Terminator franchise…and then I realized that I typed up my entire screenplay while watching Terminator and it all made sense to me how I made that mistake.

Aluminum foil is the go-to fabric in the future.

Hoodies are essential for a successful time traveling
 Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel is about three friends; Ray (Chris O’Dowd), Toby (Marc Wootton) and Pete (Dean Lennox). All of them are stuck in dead-end jobs (except Ray, he just lost his) and are all looking for something more in their lives; some deeper meaning that they all feel they are meant for. After seeing a movie and dealing with some ridicule given to Ray and Toby from Pete because of their love of science-fiction, the three hit a pub (a bar if you’re an American and hate all things not-American). While there, Ray meets Cassie (Anna Faris) and she claims she’s from the future. Soon, the boys find out that the bathroom to the pub is stuck in a time-vortex and then find themselves on a trip through various timelines and find out that they become something of some import in the future…and then they are warned by Cassie that she’s not the only time traveler out there. There’s also a group who call themselves the Editors and they might be out to kill them.

The most adorable time traveler next to Marty McFly.

FAQ About Time Travel has only been released on DVD in the UK and that’s just a shame because the movie was pretty entertaining. While the movie isn't uproariously funny the movie has a great story and does a great job at weaving together the time-jumping the three friends do.

It does that beard right, I have to say that.

"Time travel, eh?  Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
 Chris O’Dowd carries the movie as Ray and is definitely the most entertaining in the entire film. That’s not much of a surprise because O’Dowd is a very talented man (those who’ve seen The IT Crowd can attest to that) and while Marc Wootton and Dean Lennox Kelly aren’t on the same level as O’Dowd, they each do a great job and really make the trio work together well. Anna Faris also did a decent job in her small role as the time-traveler.  In fact, no one in this film did their performance particularly bad and the performances were more than solid all around.

Time travel in a bathroom...well, there's worse places you can time travel from.

Special note:  He's actually smelling time travel.
 FAQ never truly does anything wrong but it doesn’t do much to stand out either. While it’s entertaining and mildly amusing, the film doesn’t have much of a replay factor going on for it for me. That being said, I really enjoyed the fact that a majority of the movie took place in a single location at varying points in time. It kept the story contained and focused on the three friends and their dealings with time travel and kept the film as grounded in reality as a movie about time travel can be. The film also does a great job of paying homage to other Sci-Fi greats that inspired the film as it references Doctor Who, Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder,” Aliens and the various Star films (including, but not limited to, Wars and Trek). Overall, while the movie doesn’t stand-out as a killer Sci-Fi comedy, it’s still really fun to watch and gave me a few laughs here and there. 

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