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The Time Machine

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The Time Machine (1960, MGM/UA)
Rod Taylor heads into the far beyond and finds mankind devolved into two competing species, the vacant, amoral Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks. Producer-director George Pal gives the H.G. Wells novel that started it all (with its less than optimistic view of human progress) the full MGM Classic treatment. Wells purists may balk, and Pal’s then state-of-the-art effects do look cheesy by today’s Industrial Light & Magic standards, but The Time Machine retains an appealing Victorian charm. Taylor, the Mel Gibson of the ’60s, is a pleasure to watch.