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Insanely Well Executed Time Travel Movies Where Everything Goes Wrong

One genre that will never go stale is sci-fi. Over the years, there have been many subdivisions to the genre and one of the finest subjects to explore is time travel. Of course, we do have some kickass movies but some are so insanely well executed and literally, everything in them goes haywire. Some of these movies include Donny Darko, Twelve Monkeys, Looper, Source Code, and such. There have been several attempts by many directors to explore this subject but it’s not for everyone. On the other hand, some directors have given us timeless classics. The movies that we’ll discuss today are all about time travel, but also the backlash this very action has. Check out some of the finest time travel movies!

1. Donnie Darko

Finest time travelling movies Donnie Darko
Finest time traveling movies

Director Richard Kelly surely switched things up with this movie. Jake Gyllenhaal gave a top-notch performance. Talking about the movie, Donnie Darko is a teenager who is diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is visited by a terrifying rabbit figure who goes by the name of Frank. He tells Donnie that the world will end in 28 days which puts Donnie on a month-long quest for the truth.

2. Twelve Monkeys

Finest time travelling movies
Bruce Willis & Brad Pitt in Twelve Monkeys

Twelve Monkeys is a masterpiece, courtesy of Terry Gilliam. Bruce Willis plays the role of James Cole, who is sent back to 1996 from 2035 to stop the virus from spreading. This virus had forced humankind to live underground and the movie is an overall beauty. Willis is joined by Brad Pitt who even got an Oscar nomination for playing Jeffrey Goines.

3. Source Code

Finest time travelling movies
Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code

One more of Gyllenhaal’s finest is Source Code which is curated by director Duncan Jones. The movie follows Captain Colter Stevens who agrees to participate in a government experiment. The plot involves a massive explosion in a subway in Chicago which kills hundreds of people. He is sent back in time, precisely 8 minutes before the explosion, to prevent this attack and gather clues. He is required to repeat this task again and again so that he can find the perpetrator.

4. Looper

Finest time travelling movies
Looper (2012)

This movie is anything but basic. Starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordan-Levitt, the movie follows time-traveling being illegal meanwhile the mob has already adopted the said technology. Joseph is a looper, a hired assassin who goes back in time to the mob’s bidding. The movie takes an interesting turn when Joseph found that a mob had put a hit on his future self, played by Bruce.

5. The Time Machine

Finest time travelling movies
The Time Machine (1960)

You might feel underwhelmed by the visuals of the movie, but it was era-appropriate. Adapted by H.G. Wells’ book, actor Rod Taylor plays George, who is a Victorian-era inventor. After inventing his time-traveling device, he went to the year 802,701. In this far future, he discovered that the utopian civilization has some dark secrets.

Written by Deepak Vasisht