For those of you who haven't had the luck of having Primer on your radar, look no further, this is probably one of the most complex time travel movies out there. Shane Carruth is the man who wrote, directed and acted in Primer and managed to budget the movie out of his own pocket for only $7,000 (which is an incredible feat, given how acclaimed Primer has become).
Primer centralises around 4 young entrepreneurs who by night work in the back of Aaron's (Shane Carruth) garage manufacturing error-checking devices, and although the device seems to work as planned, it has a side effect, the objects inside the devices repeatedly begin to travel forwards, then backwards in time, from there it gives Aaron the idea that maybe the same could happen with humans.
I remember, even as a young boy and watching Twelve Monkeys I was so impressed by it and it wasn't until later in life I could truly understand it's complexities. Twelve Monkeys was manifested from a small French short film called La jetÃ©e, Robert Kosberg (executive producer) at the time was a huge fan of the film and felt it would translate well to an american audience.
In a world riddled and devastated with disease, a convict is sent back in time to find out information about who triggered the event of a man-made virus which wiped out most of the human population. To earn his pardon Cole (Bruce Willis) has to track down a terrorist organization known as 'The Twelve Monkeys', from there madness ensues.
Looper was manifested by the mind of writer and director Rian Johnson who spent many years conceiving the story for Looper, even at one point liaised with Primer writer/director Shane Carruth in a hope to fully understand the complexities of the time travel involved in this movie. Looper is Rian's first major blockbuster movie, before that he's directed some very widely acclaimed independent movies such as Brick and Brothers Bloom.
Set in a futuristic world, if the mob wants to get rid of someone, they send the victim 30 years back into the past where a hired assassin awaits. Loopers are foot soldiers from the past who are paid with silver on collection. Trouble ensues for Joe (Joseph Gordon Levitt) when his future self travels back from the future where he has to make the ultimate decision of killing his future self.
Back to the Future is one of them movies that gives you a great sense of nostalgia, Michael J Fox has such great screen presence and charisma it would be hard to see anyone else play teenager Marty McFly, alongside Christopher Loyd and directed at the helm by Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future is one of them classics that never seems to lose it's appeal, no matter how many times you've watched it.
When Marty McFly accidentally gets sent back into the past by his scientist friend Dr. Emmett Brown's time travelling DeLorean, he has to make sure he doesn't change any events of the past, otherwise his future self will seize to exist.
The Terminator was one of Arnold Schwarzeneggers first major blockbuster movies, thankfully Mel Gibson turned down the role, otherwise 'The Terminator' may have been quite a different type of movie altogether.
A cyborg from the future is sent back in time with the single purpose of killing Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) whose son will grow up to become the savior of the human race and become the leader in the war against machines.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is just a fun movie. It was never going to win any awards for being the best movie ever, but it's one of those kind of movies where you can just sit, watch and enjoy (some even consider this to be Keanu Reeves best acting).
Two dim witted highschool students use a time machine shaped like a phone booth to travel back in time to help them pass a history exam, should they fail Ted's father plans to ship Ted to a miliatary academy ending Bill & Teds dream of having a successful band 'The Wyld Stallyns' and altering the future in the process.
Watching Donnie Darko, I really had no idea what to expect. I'd heard great things about the movie and the director Richard Kelly although had never had such an urge to seek it out. Having said that, I'm glad that I did, I regard Donnie Darko as one of the most original movies of all time.
Donnie Darko, a teenager is awakened and led outside by someone in a rabbit costume, who introduces himself as "Frank". Frank tells Donnie that the world is going to end. These series of visions lead Donnie to unravel the mystery and save the world before it's too late.