The Time Machine (2002 film)

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The Time Machine is a 2002 film about an inventor from Victorian England who travels far into the future to prove that time travel is possible.

Directed by Simon Wells, great-grandson of H. G. Wells. Screenplay by David Duncan and John Logan; Based on the novel by H. G. Wells.
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Alexander Hartdegen[edit]

  • I could come back a thousand times... and see her die a thousand ways.
  • You were right, Phillby. We did go too far.
  • You're forgetting one thing. What if?


  • Come a little closer, I don't bite.
  • We weren't always like this. After the moon fell from the sky, the Earth could no longer sustain the species. Some managed to stay above; the rest of us escaped underground. Then centuries later, when we tried to re-emerge into the sun again, we couldn't.
  • We all have our time machines, don't we? Those that take us back... are memories. Those that carry us forward... are dreams.
  • You built your time machine because of Emma's death. If she had lived, it would never have existed, so how could you use your machine to go back and save her? You are the inescapable result of your tragedy, just as I am the inescapable result of you.
  • Who are you, to question 800,000 years... of evolution?
  • And what is time travel, but your pathetic attempted to try to control the world around you? Your futile effort to have a question answered? You think I don't know you, Alexander? I can look inside your memories, your nightmares, your dreams. You're a man haunted by those two most terrible words: What if?


  • Vox: Can you even imagine what it's like to remember everything?
  • Teacher: If you do that again, I will re-sequence your DNA so help me!
  • Phillby: (on Hartdegen's disappearance) I'm glad he's gone. Maybe he's finally found a place where he can be happy.
  • Mrs. Watchit: (last lines of film) Godspeed my fine lad, Godspeed.


Phillby: A professor from Columbia University should not be corresponding with a crazy German book keeper.
Hartdegen: He's a patent clerk, not a book keeper, and I think Mister Einstein needs all the support I can give him.

Phillby: [looking at a futuristic picture] I wonder if we'll ever go too far.
Hartdegen: With what?
Phillby: [pointing at the picture] With this. With all of this.
Hartdegen: No such thing.

Phillby: Nothing can change what happened.
Hartdegen: No, you're wrong. Because I will change it.

Jogger: Hey.
Hartdegen: Hello.
Jogger: Nice suit. Very retro.
Hartdegen: Thank you.
Jogger: Bet that makes a hell of a cappuccino. (Indicates the time machine) That thing.

Vox: [an image of himself appears] How may I help you?
[Alexander Hartdegen looks behind Vox]
Vox: Over here.

Hartdegen: My question is why can't one change the past
Vox: Because one cannot travel into the past.

Hartdegen: How did this happen?
Soldier #1: The moon. Come on, move it.
Hartdegen: That's impossible. What happened?
Soldier #1: What, you been living under a rock?
Hartdegen: Yes, I've been living under a rock! Now tell me...
Soldier #1: The demolitions for the lunar colony screwed up the orbit, okay? The moon's breaking up, all right? Now, come on.

Hartdegen: Can you tell me what's happenening here?
Vox: Well, my sources are no longer fully annotated and my information has become somewhat anecdotal, but I believe what was once one race are now two; one above and one below. Two distinct species that have evolved.

Uber-Morlock: We bred ourselves into castes. Some to be our eyes and ears, others to be our muscles and sinews...
Hartdegen: You mean your hunters?
Uber-Morlock: Yes. Bred to be predators, but bred also to be controlled. You see, my caste concentrated on expanding our cerebral abilities.
Hartdegen: You control their thoughts?
Uber-Morlock: Not just theirs.
Hartdegen: [realises] The Eloi. So it's not enough that you hunt them down like animals?
Uber-Morlock: That's their role here.
Hartedegen: To be your food?!
Uber-Morlock: Yes. And for those who are suitable, to be breeding vessels for our other colonies. You see, I am just one of many.
Hartdegen: I don't see how you can sit there and speak so coldly about this. [the Uber-Morlock rises] Have you not considered the human cost of what it is your are doing?
Uber-Morlock: We all pay a price...Alexander.

Uber-Morlock: [as Morlocks roar in the distance] Don't worry, you're safe. I control them. Without that control, they would exhaust the food supply in a matter of months.
Hartdegen: Food supply?! They're human beings!
Uber-Morlock: Who are you to question 800,000 years of evolution?
Hartdegen: This is a perversion of every natural law!
Uber-Morlock: [grabs him by the throat] And what is time travel... but your pathetic attempt to control the world around you?! Your futile effort to have a question answered?!

Vox:(darkly) So, Relic, you want to open Pandora's box, do you? See all the mysteries exposed?
Alexander: Yes.
Vox: And if the truth is so horrible that it will haunt your dreams for all time?
Alexander: I'm used to that.


  • 0 to 800,000 in 1.2 seconds.
  • Where would you go?
  • The future awaits
  • Jump start the future
  • Be careful what you wish for
  • The greatest adventure through all time!
  • He was searching for answers to his past. He became a hero for the future.

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