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FAQ ABOUT TIME TRAVEL, 2009
Starring: Chris O'Dowd, Marc Wootton, Anna Faris, Meredith MacNeill, Ray Gardner, Nick Ewans, Arthur Nightingale, Dean Lennox Kelly
Film follows a trio of social outcasts who get caught up in a typical time traveller’s conundrum.
There are only a few science fiction comedy films out there and only very very few of those are any good. And this is one of them.
‘FAQ About Time Travel’ is a very intelligent comedy science fiction film that draws on references from other famous time travel movies and pop culture sci-fi to create a very witty and quirky film.
Ray (Chris O’Dowd) is obsessed with science fiction in general and time travel specifically, the film begins with him being fired from his job at the local theme park. Both of his mates Pete (Dean Lennox Kelly) and Toby (Marc Wootton) also work at the theme park. Pete is set apart from the other two as he is not a fan of science fiction at all.
After seeing a film the three friends walk to a local pub, annoyed with quality of the film they discuss various bad things in films generally, such as how bad sequels are usually and things like remakes. Along the way they decide to write a letter to ‘Hollywood’, discussing their feelings about films overall. Toby declares reads out some of his ideas for films and his friends promptly mock him. Nevertheless Toby writes the letter to Hollywood and tears the page out of his note book leaving it on the table.
Ray goes off to buy a round of drinks at the other end of the bar and on his return encounters Cassie (Anna Faris) who tells him that she is a time traveller whose job it is to fix time leaks. Ray thinks that his friends are trying to play a joke on him he goes along with her for a while but eventually leaves her to recount the tale to his friends. Who don’t believe his story. Pete goes to the bathroom but when he comes out he finds that everyone in the bar has been killed. He looks around to his that even his friends are dead and then sees his own dead body. Wearing different clothes and with a scruffy beard.
What follows is an interesting romp around time as the three lads try to navigate the dangerous grounds of time travel. They constantly find themselves having to avoid their past selves, in order to avoid paradoxes, they find themselves lost in a post-apocalyptic future and even as beloved famous people; there is a mural of them painted onto the wall of the pub with the letter that they wrote to Hollywood.
I cannot praise this film enough Chris O’Dowd is hilarious, Dean Lennox Kelly is the perfect actor to play a sceptic and Marc Wootton is just great. And of course Anna Faris is just gorgeous and funny as always.
This really is a very funny intelligent film and I urge everyone to see it. Unless of course you don’t like funny comedies or interesting sci-fi or seeing movies.