Annie Wells | 10.13.2014
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The History of Time Travel
If locked in a time capsule, and later found by a generation disconnected from ours by some world changing event, The History of Time Travel might sway watchers to believe it was an actual part of the history of our people.
The characters or ‘scientific experts’ interviewed at the beginning of the film are believable. The story line is flawless. The character arch is intriguing. Using the classical scaffolding of the typical historical documentary, the film pulls you in, even makes you question, “Wait, is Time Travel, real?”
This movie is brave and refreshing. The History of Time Travel is about a family struggling to right the wrongs of the past, government conspiracies, Russian espionage, Atari game systems and all the awesomeness of the History Channel without commercials. This is science fiction turned science fact.
Drawing from historical events, referencing Hitler and Stalin, the writers weave a believable connection between the real and the imagined. One interviewee says, “If you think Hitler with an atomic bomb is bad, imagine Stalin with a Time Machine”
The story follows a young scientist and his family, detailing the process of his discovery and later execution of time travel. About half way through I’m thinking, “this is solid”. When the characters begin experimenting with time travel, the interviews begin to slightly change. Subtle at first, small changes in the background of a scene, or the haircut of a man being interviewed, a change in the story line previously viewed. This is where the bravery sets in, the bravery of the writing team that is. I’ll save the details and let your mind explode while watching. Real talk, people, this is a MUST SEE film because there aren’t any films out there doing what this Stephen F Austin State University student team accomplished.
-Annie Wells, Transportation Coordinator
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