Time travel and its support run-arounds have infiltrated many aspects of film, including the non sci-fi and barely speculative ones. It has rather become a setback that this beloved genre/aspects of it can be fitfully committed across the cine world—as far as drama and comedy took it. How they decide to cover such depends on the film-makers’ dedication to the subject. Sadly most partake in its indulgence as a tool for profanity against time travel whose means is to crimp their (you bet weak) plots.
Better it’s to avoid any portal references. Shit’s been reduced to lame-assness and lazy options. Other time machines have become secluded. I Will Follow You Down is exemplary of time travel’s ailments. No cordial dedication; all appropriation—especially when no grand mystery is being solved. A fucking drama film. Synchronicity may have come at a post-peak period for the processions. Three joint physicists are on a quest to make a time machine but nature has a few revelations for them. Social relations are kept to the significant prospect for the question at hand to proceed unhinged. It has such a throwback setting that comes off clinical in isolation. A Blade Runner atmosphere bleeds in most parts to induce a fear of lead character, Jim Beale, appearing into such a world, or in Archangel‘s revitalization in X-Men: Apocalypse, a swift mise en scene for the 80s to be beheld—from music to location.
To prevent ending with a thumb up its arse, the film delegates to alternate timelines. Nothing new too. Even the continuous cycle stab. The catch is always the start, the plot’s butterfly effect. Which is invariably it’s unsealable loophole. The vicious cycle can’t start without an alternate universe—that for the liberty of filming and plot progression—has no definite origin. Present is a collision of parallel worlds, and only imagination can grasp the myriad or reduced of differences that make the branes almost similar. Parallel universes being split-seconds of possible options to the maximum extreme. Working with the closest semblance is the only saving grace that produces the desired profile.
By now every time traveler into the past has related the inescapability of a pre-ordained future. Needless to say, every jump into the wormhole by Jim would only result to other Jims, behind in time from the most recent Jim by a duration of his predecessor’s point of decision to leap forth. But timelines are all encompassing and it would be a prize should an—even slightly—older Jim arise forward.
Moribund unwinding defers as seconds younger Jim overmasters the other. The seamless handling of this situation forfeits the need of extra interpolation. Behoves that the slightly fringed but purposeless Narcopolis is comfortable playing homage than executing itself to relevance—it is shite that disrespects Wells. Time is not easy to fix.