Edge of Tomorrow and the Best Time Control Movies Ever!

To celebrate the release of Edge of Tomorrow, a new science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, we are taking a look at some of the best science fiction time control movies out there! Edge of Tomorrow is about a soldier fighting in a war with aliens, and he finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way. Each time, Cage (Cruise) learns to better fight the aliens, and he teams up with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) to defeat them. Edge of Tomorrow is out in UK cinemas on the 30th May 2014.

Back to the Future (1985) – Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) is a teenager in California in 1985, and then AGAIN in 1955 when he is flung back in time by the DeLorean time machine. Most awkwardly, Marty’s own mother, now a high school teenager, is falling for him instead of his father. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love, and with the help of wacky scientist Dr. Emmett Brown, find a way to return to 1985. This 80’s classic gave us two sequels and the quote:

Marty: “Hey, Doc, we better back up. We don’t have enough road to get up to 88.”

Dr. Emmett Brown: “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

The Terminator (1984) – This classic science fiction action film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, sees a cyborg assassin sent back in time from the year 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Michael Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Sarah. If the Terminator succeeds, mankind is doomed. The future of the human race depends on which one finds her first. Spawing several ground-breaking sequels, not only is The Terminator a landmark in the advancement of special effects, but it is also one of the most effective science fiction films of recent decades… and he’ll be back!

The Butterfly Effect (2004) – The title of this film refers to the butterfly effect, a popular hypothetical example of chaos theory which illustrates how small initial differences may lead to large unforeseen consequences over time. This film is a 2004 science fiction psychological thriller, written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber (writers of Final Destination 2), and stars Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart. Ashton Kutcher stars as a troubled man who has the ability to revisit his earlier life, with the result of changing contemporary reality. Much better than 2005’s A Sound of Thunder, which (literally) used the Butterfly Effect with terrible consequences!

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is the fourth feature film in the film series and completes the story arc begun in The Wrath of Khan and continued in The Search for Spock. Intent on returning home to Earth to face trial for their crimes, the former crew of the USS Enterprise finds the planet in grave danger from an alien probe attempting to contact now-extinct humpback whales. The crew travel to Earth’s past to find whales who can answer the probe’s call. The film earned several awards and four Academy Award nominations for its cinematography and audio. Slightly pips the Next Gen effort, Star Trek: First Contact to the post!

Looper (2012) – Directed by Rian Johnson and with an all-star cast consisting of Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, Looper is a science fiction action thriller film, where time travel is invented by the year 2074 and is used by criminal organisations to send those they want killed into the past where they are killed by “Loopers”.  The film was selected as the opening film of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and since its release it has been critically acclaimed for its originality and action sequences.

12 Monkeys (1995) – 12 Monkeys is a science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, which was inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 short film La Jetée. The film stars Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt. In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. Brad Pitt was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and also won a Golden Globe for his performance.

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court (1949) – Still a classic, and long over-due for a remake, a present-day mechanic Hank Martin (Bing Crosby) gets a knock on the head and winds up in King Arthur’s court, where Hank pretends he can match Merlin’s magic by using matches to make fire come out of his hands and making the sun dissappear by predicting an eclipse. We never find out how Hank actually get from Connecticut to Medieval England, and we don’t care either. Well ahead of it’s time (no pun intended!)

Time After Time (1979) – Turning the whole Time Machine story (and its two film versions) upside down, this tale set in 1893, sees H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) as the inventor of the time machine himself, and the discovers that his best friend (David Warner) is in fact Jack The Ripper. Jack steals the machine and Wells uses a return key to chase the Ripper to 1979, and discovers that present day New York isn’t quite the utopia Wells was expecting, but it’s great for a psychopath like Jack. Two great actors and an inventive approach to the Godfather of time travel make this a classic film

Other contenders include the original Rod Tayler’s The Time Machine, JCvD’s TimeCop, Denzil’s Deja Vu, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Source Code, and Terry (Monty Python) Gilliam’s Time Bandits – Don’t forget to go and see Edge of Tomorrow when it’s released in UK cinemas on the 30th May 2014!

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