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Einstein brought us Relativity and the modernized conjecture of the Space-Time continuum. Terrence Malick was inspired when he set to work on what would eventually develop into The Tree of Life (available on Blu-ray combo pack October 11). Here we’ll meditate on five films that love taking a saunter across the universe’s anomalies and ripples, ultimately defying time in the way we currently understand it! 12 Monkeys and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and are just a couple of our conceptualized celluloid favorites.
1.The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button stars Brad Pitt as a man who ages in reverse. This unique film spans many decades, beginning in 1918 and ending in 2005, just before Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans. When Benjamin is born, he resembles a very elderly man (including having the same physical maladies brought on by advance age). When Benjamin passes away in 2003, he has become an infant. Through his extraordinary life, he finds and loses love, and travels the world.
In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray stars as Phil, an egocentric weatherman who – much to his chagrin – is in Punxsutawney to cover Groundhog Day. Unfortunately for Phil, he finds that the day keeps repeating itself, so his most hated day of the year becomes his entire life! After becoming a crook, a glutton, and attempting suicide numerous times, Phil begins to try to make his life better, taking piano lessons and learning foreign languages, in order to help him woo his beautiful news producer, Rita (Andie MacDowell).
3.The Tree of Life
Told in a non-linear narrative, The Tree of Life focuses on the O’Brien family, following their eldest son, Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), from his childhood through his rebellious adolescence to his disillusioned adult years. Through this time, he tries to resolve a difficult relationship with his father (Brad Pitt), and contemplates his brother’s untimely death. Jack’s existential outlook on life is coupled with images of the universe and our Earth expanding, growing, and eventually coming to an end.
4. 12 Monkeys
In 12 Monkeys, a lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. By 2035, only 1% of the population remains, and is forced to live underground. James (Bruce Willis), a convict, is sent back in time to 1996 to find information on the origin of the virus in order to create a cure for it. He is also tasked with investigating the “Army of the Twelve Monkeys,” who the scientists believe spread the contagion. However, James is accidentally sent back to 1990, where he is locked in an insane asylum, and nothing is what James expected it to be.
5. Back to the Future
Michael J. Fox stars in Back to the Future as Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955 via a time machine made out of a DeLorean by his eccentric friend, Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Once stranded in the past, Marty accidentally ruins his parents-to-be meeting, and his future-mother becomes attracted to him. This puts him and his siblings’ existence at risk, and so Marty must devise a plan to make his future-parents fall in love, and find a way to return home to 1985.
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