Time After Time 1979 ****

Nicholas Meyer has been annoyingly un-prolific in his films as director; he also wrote the screenplay for this engaging romp of a time-travelling thriller from 1979. Malcolm McDowell plays HG Wells, who Meyer playfully suggests is building a time machine of his own. It’s stolen by Jack The Ripper (David Warner) and Welles follows him to 1979’s San Francisco to stop him from unleashing a killing spree in the unwitting public. Welles also find time to fall in love with Amy (Mary Steenbergen) and to eat at McDonalds, and even identifies himself as Sherlock Holmes to add to the confusion. Time After Time is an original and enjoyable sci-fi thriller that focuses on a clash of temperaments, and  handles the time-travel paradoxes with elan.


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