More corridors, more time-travel (#SFWApro)

TRANCERS IV (1994) blithely ignores the time-cop setup established in Trancers III, instead having a botched time trip send Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson) into a medieval parallel world ruled by vampires—oops, silly me, the film says they’re Trancers so who am I to argue with scriptwriter Peter David? I’m not sure what switching to medieval fantasy was supposed to bring to the series, but this is one to avoid (and I did avoid Trancers V). “Time is fluid, and I’m the guy who keeps the glass from getting knocked over.”

Of course, TRANCERS 6 (2004) gets back to basics and still sucked. Tim Thomerson makes a brief appearance in stock footage (he and Band parted company by the time this came out) before being sent back into the body of his daughter (briefly introduced in the third film) to stop a new breed of Trancers from wiping her out. Even for one of Full Moon’s sub-part productions, this is a sub-par production, without a Helen Hunt or Thomerson to pump things up. “I guess these time paradoxes have finally gone from the ridiculous to the sublime.”

Moments_of_love_izadongMOMENTS OF LOVE (2006) is a Filipino cross-time romance carried on (like The Lake House and Il Mare) by communication rather than physical travel. A young man in the present finds himself talking to a 1957 woman facing an arranged marriage to an abusive brute; as their conversations progress, romance blooms, but the time differences seems insurmountable … The resolution is markedly different than I expected, even though one big twist I saw coming about five seconds in. Worth watching (all rights to image with current holder). “I feel the pain of her absence, though I have yet to see her walk away.”

WAXWORK (1988) has a clique of wealthy, chain-smoking teens including Zach Galligan, Michelle Johnson and Deborah Foreman discover the sinister waxworks run by David Warner is designed to bring about the apocalypse (“Someone has to.”) by sucking visitors through time to blood deaths at the hands of vampire Miles O’Keefe, werewolf John Rhys-Davies and the Marquis de Sade, among others. These are so close to hallucinations (Galligan discovers at one point the figures can’t hurt him if he doesn’t believe in them) but as they insist it’s time travel … Patrick Macnee steals the show as a jovial occultist, not that there’s much of a show to steal. “Who put the acid in my drink? Wait, I gave up drinking!”

WAXWORK: Lost in Time (1992) has Galligan and Monika Schnarre (in Foreman’s role) try to prove that an undead survivor of the first movie’s ending is responsible for her stepfather’s murder, which implausibly requires jumping through more timegates for parodies of Frankenstein, The Haunting (with Bruce Campbell), Alien and King Arthur, which Macnee’s ghost explains is because they’re trapped in “God’s very own Nintendo game.” Makes the first film look classic by comparison. “If we can reanimate dead flesh, the prosecution’s case goes out the window!”

EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014) has military media officer Tom Cruise shanghaied into the final assault on the alien Mimics (curiously they show no mimicry, they’re just writhing masses of tentacles) before they can expand from Europe across the world. When Cruise dies on the equivalent of the Normandy beach, he wakes up to start over … and over … and over … but even with the help of military legend Emily Blunt, can’t change the outcome of the battle. An excellent mix of alien-invasion and time-loop films, I can see why some people tout this as the Tom Cruise movie for people who don’t like Cruise (though the fact his name isn’t emphasized on the DVD box is probably a sign of how far his star has fallen). “It entertains the notion that our fate is in hands other than our own.”

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