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The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife


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Actors: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Arliss Howard, Ron Livingston
Director: Robert Schwentke
Rating: PG-13
Features: Color, Dolby, DVD, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
Running Time: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 2009
Studio: New Line

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Lose yourself in timeless love with this gloriously romantic story of the journey of two hearts. Artist Clare Abshire Rachel McAdams of The Notebook shares a deep emotional bond with Henry De Tamble Eric Bana of The Other Boleyn Girl, a handsome librarian who travels involuntarily through time. Knowing they can be separated without warning, Clare and Henry treasure the moments they have together, imbuing them with the yearning and passion of two people imprisoned by timeā€¦and set free by love. Based on the #1 bestseller, The Time Traveler's Wife weaves together destiny and devotion, past and future to turn an extraordinary love into an extraordinary love story.
A genuinely old-fashioned Hollywood romance with a science fiction angle, The Time Traveler's Wife stars Eric Bana as Henry DeTamble, a Chicago librarian with a genetic disorder causing him to travel through time involuntarily. The screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin My Life, based on a novel by Audrey Niffenegger, incorporates some of those crazy paradoxes that are a part of time-travel fiction, but without beating one over the head. Take Henry's introduction to his future wife, Clare Rachel McAdams, who tells him they've already met even though they haven't actually met. Brain teasers, however, are not what The Time Traveler's Wife is about. In a quite haunting way, the story really concerns what it means to know and love someone at every phase of his or her life. The fact that Henry's life, from Clare's perspective, is hardly linear--he can disappear and turn back up again at different ages--means that she must cherish what is essential about him. Which doesn't mean the couple is immune to periods of unhappiness, including a painful sequence about trying to bear a child--perhaps a child that might also carry the time-traveling gene.

While there is nothing particularly exciting stylistically about The Time Traveler's Wife, in many ways it has the simple charms and clear emotions of a 1940s weepie assigned by a studio to one of its journeyman, contract directors. The film was directed by Flightplan's Robert Schwentke. A couple of supporting players, Arliss Howard as Henry's father and Ron Livingston as Henry's friend, provide even more reason to recommend this movie as a satisfying experience. --Tom Keogh

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