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Temporal Anomalies

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Source Code Opens April 1, 2011

Miscellaneous Articles
in original publication sequence except for indices inserted at correct points in the historic flow

Temporal Anomalies Classics
Temporal Anomalies Index 2009
Back to the Future Nationwide
  Theatrical Showing This Evening

People Magazine's Woman of the Year
  Sandra Bullock
    featured in time travel films

Temporal Anomalies Index 2010
Source Code Opens April 1, 2011
Future Time Travel Film Analyses--2011
Why Not Analyze
  Time Travel Television Shows?

Men in Black III Remakes History
Temporal Anomalies Index 2011
(Some of) The Best Time Travel Movies
  You Might Have Missed

Men in Black III May 25th U.S. debut
  midnight shows tonight

Future Time Travel Film Analyses--2012
Temporal Anomalies Index 2012
(Some of) The Best Time Travel Movies
  for Children

Films Currently Showing, November 2013
Upcoming Time Travel Films,
  from February 2014

(Some of) The Best Time Travel
  Romance Movies

Upcoming time travel films,
  from December 2014

Temporal Anomalies Index 2014
(Some of) The Best Time Travel Comedies
(Some of) The Best Time Travel Thrillers

Movies Analyzed
in order examined

    Addendum to Terminator
    Terminator 3:  Rise of the Machines
    Terminator Recap
    Terminator Salvation
    Terminator Genisys
    Terminator:  Dark Fate
Back To The Future
Back To The Future II
Back To The Future III
Star Trek Introduction
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    Star Trek: Generations
    Star Trek: First Contact
    Star Trek (2009)
12 Monkeys
    Addendum to 12 Monkeys
Flight Of The Navigator
  Flight Of The Navigator Addendum
Army of Darkness
Lost In Space
Peggy Sue Got Married
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Planet of the Apes
Kate and Leopold
Somewhere In Time
The Time Machine
Minority Report
Happy Accidents
The Final Countdown
Donnie Darko
  S. Darko
Harry Potter and
    the Prisoner of Azkaban

Deja Vu
    Primer Questions
Bender's Big Score
Popular Christmas Movies
The Butterfly Effect
  The Butterfly Effect 2
  The Butterfly Effect 3:  Revelations
The Last Mimzy
The Lake House
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Hot Tub Time Machine
Los Cronocrimines a.k.a. TimeCrimes
A Sound of Thundrer
Frequently Asked Questions
    About Time Travel

Source Code
Blackadder Back & Forth
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
11 Minutes Ago
Men in Black III
La Jetée
Midnight in Paris
Meet the Robinsons
H. G. Wells' The Time Machine
The Jacket
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Philadelphia Experiment
    The Philadelphia Experiment II
Time After Time
About Time
Free Birds
X-Men:  Days of Future Past
Edge of Tomorrow
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Project Almanac
Time Lapse
O Homem Do Futuro
    a.k.a. The Man from the Future

Abby Sen
When We First Met
See You Yesterday
The History of Time Travel
Copyright Information

The temporal anomaly terminology used here is drawn from Appendix 11:  Temporal Anomalies of Multiverser from Valdron Inc, and is illustrated on the home page of this web site.  This site is part of M. J. Young Net.

Books by the Author.

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Temporal Anomalies in Time Travel Movies
Source Code Opens April 1, 2011

This movie created a lot of well-deserved buzz in anticipation of its release.  Upon the announcement of its release date, we gave some preliminary predictions concerning the anticipated analysis.

An analysis did follow sometime later, and the film was quite a surprise; that analysis is available on this site now.

Other articles of peripheral interest followed this one, including movie and actor news, looks ahead to future film and analysis releases, best of articles, and more.  This section will be expanded; I have a number of "best of time travel movies" articles in the works, and will probably continue to pursue predictions of future analyses and similar pieces as I am able.

Of course, this depends in significant part on your support through Patreon or otherwise (a number of the movies I have analyzed were copies gifted by readers).  I thank you for that in advance.

Source Code Opens April 1, 2011

A new time travel action thriller, Source Code, opens in theatres April 1, 2011.

The story utilizes a common trope, of a man reliving the same period of time repeatedly.  The best known of such stories is undoubtedly Groundhog Day, and others include 12:01 and the short story The Perpetual Barbecue.  This version, though, is distinguished by several features.  The time period the hero relives is only eight minutes long, the last eight minutes before a bomb he is trying to locate and identify destroys the train on which he is riding.  Also, after each iteration he returns to his future point of origin and chooses to travel back again in search of that critical information.  In the fashion of Quantum Leap recently echoed in Hot Tub Time Machine, the traveler exists in the past by possessing another body, in this case the body of someone aboard that train.

Early information suggests that the film is using some sort of parallel dimension theory.  The hero is not attempting to prevent the bombing that already occurred, but to find the bomb and from that identify the bomber so as to prevent another attack which is expected in a matter of hours.  However, he becomes focused on trying to save the life of one of the people on the train despite the insistence of his superiors that time does not work that way, that he will be unable to save her because this would change the past.  Such reasoning echoes The Time Machine and perhaps Premonition, but is also rejected by Happy Accidents, The Lake House, Deja Vu, and Time Cop, all of which allow the hero to save the girl in the end.

This site's Time Travel Films Examiner expects to do a fuller analysis of this film in the future.

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