Time Paradigm & movies

18 Feb

I was watching ‘The time machine-2002’ on DVD with my girlfriend, and towards the end of the movie something struck me, something which I had never considered before.

Something which maybe in my hindsight i had failed to grasp.


Well actually I wanted to write paradox but paradigm sounds more mysterious .. and basically paradigm is a concept .. and the concept in question here is the paradox of time travel … (if I managed to confuse you …. like the post)

You see in the end in the cave of the morlocks when Dr. Alexander Hartdegen meets with the Über-Morlock, the morlock-boss tells him that he can’t save his wife, because if his wife wont die, then he wont be inspired to build the time machine, and if the time machine was never built, then Alex would not have taken the cure from VOX-44, thereby not saving his wife ……. thus creating a Temporal paradox (ie: ever repeating cycle of possibilities)

Now isn’t that something amazing. Read it again and understand it before moving ahead.

Now im guessing you have seen the TERMINATOR movies ? YES ? good .. 

let talk about that.

You remember Arnie from the first movie, the bad guy. He gets killed. In the 2nd movie its is shown that parts from 1st movie Arnie are used to help design SKYNET. You guys with me till here ?

Well once skynet is active it creates Arnie and sends him to the time period of the 1st movie. So basically Arnie was used to design skynet, but skynet designed Arnie? each is maker and creation? Then who made the original design ? This is exactly what is wrong with this movie!! ( T-2 ).

The same thing I noticed in the movie “Back to the future” where Biff Tannen find the 50-year sports almanac in the trash where doc throws it, travels back in time and gives it his younger self who uses it to gain wealth thus changing the future.

Now if the future has been changed and Biff is a rich man living in a castle, he would not be near the trash can(would there even be a trash can in the new future or a sports almanac) so there would be no way for the old Biff to get a hold of the Almanac and give it to his younger self, who would not make any money … thus the situation negates itself ..

In Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is saved from the Dementors by a stag patronus. At that time, he thought it was his dead father’s spirit of some sort watching over him. After traveling back in time, he realizes he was the one who produced the patronus- after watching himself being attacked and seeing that no one had produced the stag patronus- he himself casts the spell, producing the stag patronus he had seen earlier. So Harry knew he could do something because he saw his past self do it ?who told the past self he could do it? DIDN’T anyone think this is weird ?

I DID !!

time paradoxes appear in many movies, including chronicles of riddick, matrix (remember Neo breaking the Vase in the oracles house) and so on and so forth.

Well I am not going to bother about time paradoxes, coz im jus gonna sit back enjoy the movie and popcorn, and leave you guys to worry about the time problem.





Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Entertainment


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3 responses to “Time Paradigm & movies

  1. simonjbward

    February 19, 2012 at 06:41

    Ha! Nice post – I recently wrote a post about time travel and mentioned the other paradox from Terminator regarding John Connor’s conception…
    It almost seems as though the POINT of time travel in films is to introduce a paradox/paradigm – if the changes that need to take place for the sake of the story could happen without going back in time, there’s be no need for time travel… yet creating the possibility of going back in time introduces situations like this which are impossible, which makes time travel itself something of a paradox!

    Anyway, I might write something soon that focuses more on the paradox issue as a narrative device – the post I wrote was actually about a slightly different area of concern. Feel free to take a look – I’d love to know your thoughts.

  2. Victor

    February 4, 2014 at 22:13

    To break this paradox there is the concept of multiple universes, or multiple timelines. It is something like, you’re living in timeline x, if you go back in time and change something in this timeline you brake it in two new timelines x1, x2, and the same can happen in this new timelines again and again, givin the possibility to say that anything that you can think about has already happen. I think I’m not being so clear. Watch Steins;Gate to see an example of this concept. I like time travel, I’ts a very interesting subject.

    • mack

      March 8, 2014 at 05:06

      But how wud this explain SKYNET creating the T-100, which was then used to create SKYNET !

      It is like the Grandfather paradox .. Where you go back into the past – marry ur grandmother and give birth to a son – who is infact your father !!



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