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by Jaime Grijalba.

Time travel movies. What’s with them? Some people love them, some people don’t care for them, while other (who I recently discovered, aren’t really people! Amazing discoveries of science today) simply hate them; but those who love them, or like them for any matter, will watch simply anything that follows a certain patter of rules on how time travel works, paraphrasing what Prof. Monnitoff in the movie ‘Donnie Darko’ (2001), you have your vessel and you have your wormhole and you can travel in time and space. What we need is an specific set of rules (a vessel, a vehicle) and a place to go, a purpose in the life of the one who’s travelling (a wormhole). The great time travel films, acoording to me at least, follow these two rules, and not many movies do: the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy follow them and many consider them to be the epitome of these kind of movies, the whole trilogy presents us the vessel to defeat them all, the DeLorean, but the wormhole in the two sequels aren’t as clear, as the initial conflicts are initiated due to the need to fix the life of someone, while the first one just had the urge of going back to the future; ‘Donnie Darko’ (2001) has a complex set of rules, but they are there and they are not made explicit (not even in the superior director’s cut), and the purpose is also there, but it’s also a secret to us, making it interesting in its mystery, which comes alive at the end… if you’ve been paying attention; does anyone remember the rules or the travel method of ‘Deja Vu’ (2006)? I can remember the wormhole, I mean, the reason and the time to travel, but the science is confusing, even if it’s present the whole time right before our own eyes, but at the moment of revelation it’s quick and makes no sense.

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