Corrected entry: After Emma is hit by the carriage, the next scene shows David consoling Alexander. Yet Alexander, we soon learn, is the Alexander who came from the future to save Emma, not the one who would have been arriving at the park for her. Presumably, by the time David is consoling him, the present-day Alexander would have left the park and found out about Emma's accident, making for pretty good odds that he would have run into his future self (or at least confused several of his friends) going to see Emma.
Corrected entry: The design of Alexander's house makes no sense. From the front it almost looks like a firehouse. It is obvious his laboratory is a converted horse shed. (If you look closely, you can see the horse stalls in several shots.) However, attached to this is a large glass conservatory. No architect would have placed a conservatory, one of the more impressive spaces in a Victorian house, adjacent to a smelly, fly-infested horse shed. It does not appear to be an addition, since it has impressive columns and an arch that matches the front of the room. Also, the wall of the staircase going upstairs is lined with clocks, but their placement would make them almost impossible to wind unless he had invented a special ladder to access them.
Corrected entry: The lighting switches on the walls in Alexander's home are connected using surface mounted pin and post wiring. There are no wires visible running to the light fixtures.
Corrected entry: The holographic librarian's room in the year 800,000 still has some books on the verge of dissolving, some glass-like panes, etc. How? After a gigantic period of 800,000 years, almost nothing man-made could have possibly survived. Just think of all the earthquakes, nearby meteor hits, rains, radiation bombardment, etc.
Corrected entry: In 2020 they talk about the first 20-megaton explosion to create the lunar colony. Then we find out that these blasts have knocked the moon off its orbit causing it to break up. However even a single moderately sized crater on the moon would have been created by a blast an order of magnitude greater then this. How could such small blasts knock the moon out of its orbit while countless meteor impacts have had no effect?
Corrected entry: Just before Alexander climbs into the machine for the first time we see a clear shot of the seat with nothing obscuring it from our side whatsoever. He then climbs in, puts the control lever in, and then releases a brake lever on his right that *should* have been visible in the previous shot.
Corrected entry: The Time Machine is steam powered. They make this very obvious with Alexander thumping the steam gauge when he first starts it up and during the fight with the Morlock at the end. However, there is no source of fuel for a boiler on the machine. By traveling in a steam time machine without carrying fuel, he would face the prospect of landing somewhere where there was nothing to burn to get himself back (for example when he found himself in an ice age toward the end of the film). Granted he originally built the machine only to travel backwards four years and where fuel would be available, but not having at least a coal scuttle on the machine seems shortsighted.
Corrected entry: When Alexander is preparing to board the Time Machine for the first time and go back to save Emma, he selects the pocketwatch she gave him. He is shown setting the hands, closing the case, and placing it in his pocket. However, the watch is obviously not wound. The seconds hand is not moving in the closeup and the watch is not making any sound.
Corrected entry: Alexander kills the Morlock leader by hanging him outside the time machine and going forward in time. Shouldn't the Morlock then reappear when Alexander comes back from that future time to save the girl from the cage? He had already proven that events reverse when he travelled back in time to try to save Emma.Foff44
Corrected entry: The light bulbs in Alexander's laboratory are frosted. Frosted bulbs were not invented until later. The bulbs should be clear with the filaments visible for that period.
Corrected entry: In the scene in which Alexander meets the Eloi people for the first time, he is barefoot since he had just gotten dressed after waking up from a coma or something. In the next scene, Alexander is talking to Marla in her home at night, and he is wearing his boots. When did he put them on?
Corrected entry: When we first see the time machine, it's hidden behind drapery. After the drapery is pulled back we see the glass atrium all around the machine. If he really wanted to keep it hidden, why place it where it's surrounded by clear glass?
Corrected entry: When Alexander travels into the future everything around him is moving at a fast pace but it is always daytime. Wouldn't the sunlight be flashing on and off really fast?
Corrected entry: When the time traveller goes back into the past and alters the way in which his girlfriend dies, wouldn't the him from that time still go ahead and devise time travel, and therefore go back to save her. Only this time, when he saves her from being hit he should run into himself.
Corrected entry: The librarian said that an Eloi escaped the moorlocks, and that they talked for years. Why didn't this Eloi go home? I mean, it shouldn't have been hard to find it, even after a few weeks.
Corrected entry: After Alexander knocks the Moorlock leader out of his time machine and he is just hanging in space, he only blinks once. If he was hanging in space until he died of hunger, wouldn't he blink more than once, or maybe sleep?
Corrected entry: The Eloi retain knowledge of English by reading engraved text in stone. Yet their pronunciation is perfect and they know words (i.e. "ghost") which are unlikely to be found in stone tablets.
Corrected entry: The time machine is built in Alexander's workshop and doesn't move from that precise spot until the very end of the movie, and the machine itself is not mobile. When Alexander goes to the past, he no doubt appears in his workshop, which exists in that time period and is inhabited by his past self. It seems a little odd he is able to appear in the workshop, leave, take his past self's place, then return back to the workshop and leave for the future completely unseen by his past self or the housekeeper. If he appeared in the past before his past self got back from teaching, he would have left the time machine in plain view in the work shop, where his past self would arrive to find it. He couldn't have appeared after his past self and Mr Filby left, because he was early meeting Emma, and his past self was late.
Corrected entry: The time machine seems to obey gravity, otherwise the main character would experience weightlessness in his bubble, and the machine would emerge in some desolate area of space after travelling so much as a second - the Earth, solar system, and the whole galaxy all move trough the Universe at phenomenal speeds. As the character continuously sees what's happening outside, we deduce that for every moment between the time the machine starts travelling and the time it stops, the machine is still present at its place, but "phased out" somehow so that it doesn't interact with matter, only with radiation such as light - if it did interact with matter, anything solid passing trough the same place as the time machine would have hit it. Now if the machine obeys gravity but doesn't interact with solid matter, shouldn't it fall into the center of the Earth?
Corrected entry: I keep on wondering, why did the moorloc leader fall for Alex's trap. Surely if he was such a good telepath that he could make Alex see things, it would have only taken few seconds for him to look in Alex's mind, see the trick and do something about it.
Corrected entry: Why doesn't Alexander use the time machine to go back in time and prevent Mara from being captured? The head Morlock says the reason that Alexander cannot change the past, prevent his girlfriend from dying specifically, is because that is what prompted him to create the time machine, thus creating a paradox. OK. The only thing Alexander shouldn't be able to change is the death, or anything related to it, of his girlfriend. Anything after that should be fair game.Charles Fraser
Corrected entry: Somehow the time machine always manages to halt travelling through time (even by accident) when there are no objects obstructing its placement, and at ground-level (despite millions of years of geological change). For some reason, future New York City built an alleyway right where the time machine was.
Corrected entry: The Eloi "leader" doesn't know the stone language. The next day, he is nearly fluent.
Corrected entry: When he travels trough time and watches his girl friend on a photo hanger it falls out of the time machine. He grabs it, but his hand leaves the machine for a while. You can see the photo age quickly, but so should his hand. At least some fingernails should be grown quite a bit.
Corrected entry: Watch when Emma is struck by the carriage. The carriage actually passes right by her, leaving her standing. the scene then cuts to Alexander, after which we hear Emma's scream. The carriage should be about 15 - 20 feet past her by this time.
Corrected entry: When Alexander goes into the ground to get the girl taken by the other species, he sees her top in a pile of clothes next to the butcher table. Later when he sees her in the cage she is naked from behind but when he helps her out of the cage after he kills the leader she is wearing that same top.
Corrected entry: When Alexander meets the computer (Orlando Jones) in the New York Library at the first stop he makes in the future, Jones can only be seen through the glass. When he is walking between glasses, he disappears. When Alex travels 800,000 years into the future he meets the same computer (in the now-destroyed library). But when Jones is telling him about his companion, who is now a skeleton, he reaches over to pat the skull. When he does, his hand travels outside the glass realm but is still visible.
Corrected entry: The little photo that Alexander has of Emma was in colour. Colour photography did not exist at the turn of the century.