Based on H.G. Wells' prophetic 1895 novel, The Time Machine reflects his strong social, economic and political opinions, and was intended to warn his countrymen about what he saw as England's decline as the world's greatest economic and military power. As film critics have noted, Eloi may be derived from the Old Testament Elohim meaning God, and Morlock from Moloch, the Canaanite god to whom children were sacrificed.
Although Wells’ novel was written nearly 120 years ago, it contains a clear warning for the present-day United States. We have become a nation that consumes more than we produce. Our manufacturing sector has declined to half the size of our financial services sector; we import much of our petroleum, consumer products, and food. Our infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating, and foreign sovereign wealth funds are buying up our most valuable farmland, natural resources and manufacturing plants. We are fast becoming an Eloi nation, fed and clothed by industrious Morlock nations like the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and the wealthy Persian Gulf states.
Of course, The Time Machine appears terribly dated from a technological point-of-view, as does any science-fiction film from fifty years ago. Nevertheless, if you enjoy films like Forbidden Planet with Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, then you will likely enjoy The Time Machine.
Labels: adventure, romance, sci-fi, space-time, thriller
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