History repeats itself in this latest take on H.G. Wells's classic novel. Just as George Pal's beloved erector-set of an original captured every 12-year-old's imagination with the spectacle of a journey through time, the remake features years and eras flowing by as if before the eyes of a melancholy god. And as in Pal's picture, the fun stops the minute our hero debarks in the year A.D. 802,701 and starts playing Jungle Jim among the future-human Morlocks. The film opens in turn-of-the-century New York, where absent-minded associate professor Alexander Hartdegan (Guy Pearce) is devastated by the murder of his fiancée, Emma (Sienna Guillory). Four years later, be...