Time-travel double features (#SFWApro)

First, Christianity and time travel!

At 55 minutes and with no clear conclusion, A PATH IN TIME (2005) looks more like a pilot than a standalone film, though given that’s long enough to convey the themes (Trust in God’s Plan, Stand Up For Your Faith), maybe the creators felt they’d done enough. The story concerns a Christian teen recruited by his future self to stop a time-traveling dictator from destroying the original Bible texts to erase Christianity (thereby averting a future in which he converts and becomes good). This manages to cram in plenty of time paradoxes (I mean that in a good way), but the bland cast makes it close to unwatchable. “Nothing can separate us from the love of God expressed through Christ Jesus.”

295519_oriTHE NEXT ONE (1984) AKA The Time Traveller (all rights to image with current holder) stars Keir Dullea as an amnesiac washed up on a Greek beach where he falls for widow Adrienne Barbeau and shows a strange fascination with Jesus. Eventually we learn it’s because both he and Jesus traveled back from some dystopian future but got separated across time. This is watchable for Dullea’s performance, but his character is no Christ figure  ending doesn’t make much sense (won’t an exact lookalike be charged with the same crimes as Dullea?).“B, you’ve read a hell of a lot of Asimov and Orwell.”

Next, Christmas time travel!

HOLIDAY SWITCH (2007) is in the same vein as The Christmas Clause, having stressed out Nicole Eggert learn what would have happened if she’d married her now-wealthy ex-boyfriend instead of her unsuccessful hubby. This wastes far too much time setting up how broke Eggert’s family is and then gushing over how rich she’s become. A bigger problem is that while this has the standard arc for these things (Eggert learns she has a wonderful life), it doesn’t fit the character: if marrying the rich guy turned her into a greedy gold-digger, doesn’t that indicate deeper problems? Plus Eggert just isn’t strong enough as an actor to pull off the role (in contrast to Mary Steenburgen’s stressed mother in One Magic Christmas) “Why don’t I just fly to Paris and buy a nightgown?”

KRISTIN’S CHRISTMAS PAST (2013) is a better film in which Shiri Appleby gets magically transported back 17 years to the last Christmas she spent with her family—only instead of waking up inside her teenage head, she’s physically transported back, forcing her and her past self to come up with explanations why she’s there. A bigger challenge is that while Appleby knows all the mistakes she’s going to make in the next 17 years, her younger self still wants to make them (reminding me of Judas Kiss). With Judd Nelson as Appleby’s dad. “If you don’t listen to me you’re going to wake up in 17 years, alone on Christmas, wondering where your life went wrong.”

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  1. Pingback: TV most of which I will never watch again (#SFWApro) | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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