A Review of “Time Changer”

November 26, 2010

Culture, Reviews

Over the holiday, the family spent some time together and we watched the movie Time Changer. Time Changer, written and directed by Rich Cristiano, is one of my all-time favorite movies. I’ve seen it a few times already, and it’s always great to see again! Here’s a basic synopsis of the plot:

The year is 1890. Russell Carlisle (played by D. David Morin) is a professor at a distinguished seminary. He’s written a book, The Changing Times, and has requested the endorsement of the seminary. One professor, Professor Norris Anderson superbly played by Gavin McLeod (remember him as the captain on The Love Boat?), refuses to endorse the book. Anderson explains that Carlisle’s book will have terrible repercussions for the future. Carlisle plots to get his endorsement without Anderson’s approval. Anderson realizes that words aren’t working with Carlisle, and Carlisle will have to discover the repercussions of his book (and its prevailing attitude )for himself.

The trailer for the movie is below.

I love the movie. It’s about history and how the seemingly innocuous decisions that we make everyday have historical repercussions. The movie also portrays well the differences between the formality of the late 19th century and the casual (nay, sloppy) attitudes of secular modern society. The movie seems to run slow at times, because it’s not like your Hollywood machine-gun staccato of constant sleaze and action (thank God). It makes you THINK, not EMOTE. That’s why I like it so much.

The acting is stellar, with an all-star cast. Besides D. David Morin and Gavin McLeod, the movie stars Hal Linden, Jennifer O’Neill, Richard Riehle, Paul Rodriguez, John Valdetero, and others. It’s a fun movie– although the precept is serious (yikes, this guy’s book is changing history!), there’s a lot of humor in it. And the speech by Carlisle at the end of his journey into the future is touching. The reaction (or lack thereof) of the congregation is startling.

It’s a good movie. It really shows how things have changed in 120 years.

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3 Responses to “A Review of “Time Changer””

  1. Mike Says:

    I totally love this movie too. Good description of it.

  2. Rena Says:

    Thanks for the tip…it sounds like a good movie for hubby and I to watch!


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