“Time After Time” was one of those movies of which I didn’t even knew it existed. It certainly is a movie that deserves more recognition for this movie truly was one of the most entertaining movies I have seen in a while.
The story its concept is already one factor why I liked this movie so much. In the late 19th century The scientist H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) has build a time machine which his good friend John Leslie Stevenson aka Jack the Ripper (David Warner) uses when the police has just discovered his true identity. Ripper travels to the year 1979 and Wells, who feels responsible for his escape to the in his eyes future Utopian society of 1979, follows him to the future, in an attempt to catch him and bring him to justice and prevent him from making more victims in the future. I highly enjoyed this original story and concept and thought that it was perfectly executed by talented director Nicholas Meyer, who made his debut as a director with this movie. After this he made two more well known and widely appreciated Star Trek movies; “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” which by the fans are often regarded as the best in the series of Star Trek movies.
The movie has a fantastic and typical ’70’s atmosphere which I always adore in movies. It’s also filled with some typical ’70’s tense chase sequences, which are brilliantly filmed and edited. The cinematography itself is also at times refreshingly original, especially the perfectly done opening sequence of the movie in which Jack The Ripper makes another victim.
But the movie isn’t just tense and original, it also is highly entertaining and it features some good humor. Of course having an 19th century main character who for the first time takes a look in the future 1979 is already good for some laughs. Such as the time were he visits a McDonald’s or comes up with the fake alias Sherlock Holmes when he gets in contact with the police. There are countless ‘little’ fun parts like this in the movie which makes this movie a pleasant and entertaining one to watch as well as a tense nail biting thriller.
Malcolm McDowell is extremely good and convincing as a 19th century gentleman and scientist H.G. Wells. Honestely he plays his best role since “A Clockwork Orange”. David Warner is also perfectly cast as Jack The Ripper. He’s a perfectly scary and mysterious gentleman. Warner is perhaps well known to everyone for playing Spicer Lovejoy in the 1997 movie “Titanic”. The movie also features a at the time still very young Mary Steenburgen in one of her very first movie roles. She also was superb and the talent was already showing. One year later she even already won an Oscar for the movie “Melvin and Howard”.
The movie further more features a highly good and underrated musical score by well known Hungarian composer Miklós Rózsa.
This movie is terribly underrated in terms of how well known it is. This movie deserves to be seen by everybody for this movie is an entertaining one as well as a tense thriller, with some excellent performances by the cast and good directing by Nicholas Meyer.