Film (1985). Touchstone/Silver Screen Partners II. Written and directed by Jonathan R Betuel. Cast includes Dennis Hopper, Raphael Sbarge, Fisher Stevens, John Stockwell and Danielle von Zerneck. 94 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour.
One of an epidemic of teen sf movies (Back to the Future, Explorers, Real Genius, Weird Science, etc.), this was among the less successful, even though its director, whose debut this was, had previously written the much better teen movie The Last Starfighter (1984). Here a young man seeking material for a science project finds in a derelict army warehouse a strange engine (apparently taken from a hushed-up UFO), which turns out to work as a Time Machine when fed energy; the school is absorbed into a time vortex as the town's power supply is sucked up. Teenagers do well (naturally) against cavemen, Japanese soldiers, Dinosaurs and Mutants. The film lacks focus and straggles, but Hopper is good as the ex-hippy science teacher. [PN]
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