May 6, 2011

Back to the Future - Trilogy (1985-1990)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

Genre: Sci-Fi

Outline: A Scientist invents a Time Machine and all goes wrong for him and his young companion.

Rating: 4/5

Few imaginary things like UFO, Aliens and Super Power always fascinate people and many movies have come based on these things. Time Machine is yet another captivating thing and it’s a wonder that many movies have not been based on this. Back to The Future is one of the rare movies which involve the concept of Time Travel.

Part 1
The movie starts with the boring life of teenager Marty Mcfly (Michael J. Fox) at Hill Valley, California in 1985. One night he goes to visit Dr Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who is a scientist and is nicknamed Doc. Doc shows Marty a car, which he says is the Time Machine when the speed is greater than 88 mph. Doc, plans to go back to the year 1955, but is shot down by the terrorists. Marty escapes from the terrorists by using the car and he is transported to 1955.

The Time Machine and the Panel
The car needs 1.21 GW of power and is fuelled by plutonium. The car runs out of fuel and so Marty is trapped in 1955 as there is no plutonium then. He meets the young Doc and the young Doc plans to transport Marty back to 1985, by using the power that is going to be generated by a lightning a few days later. Meanwhile, Marty accidentally disturbs the event in which his parents were supposed to meet. So, his own existence becomes a question. He needs to correct things within a week and Doc must do things right to conduct the electricity. He also needs to warn Doc about the terrorists and Doc doesn’t want to hear even a bit about future.

Part 2
All happens perfectly and due to a letter left by Marty, Doc comes to know about the terrorists and uses Metal Jacket to protect himself. In the second part of the trilogy, Doc and Marty travel to the year 2015 to save Marty’s son from arrest. This is an interesting part, as we are shown interesting gadgets from the future. Now we are nearing 2015 and so many of those gadgets are exaggerated, though few things like Video Conferencing, Multiple TV Channels have become true. Marty loses the car for some time as Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), a bad guy steals the car.

Imaginary world in 2015- Flying Skateboards
Back in 1985, Marty and Doc find bizarre things as Biff has changed the past, by giving a future Almanac to his younger self. So Marty and Doc travel back to 1955 and set things right. Here they need to be careful as there is another version of them there. Before returning to future, the Time Machine (with Doc inside) is struck by lighting and is trapped in 1885. At the end of the second part, Marty receives a letter from Doc written in 1885 explaining things.

Part 3
In the third part, Marty travels back to 1885 with the help of the 1955 Doc and finds out the real Doc. The fuel tank is damaged and the only way to come back is by engaging the car with the steam engine train. They schedule it on a particular day and Marty meets trouble in the form of Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), a local gangster. Buford schedules a duel on the same day and meanwhile Doc also falls in love with a local girl and doesn’t want to go back to the future. All these converge at the climax which is a stunning sequence of events.

Doc and Marty in 1885
The first part, released in 1985 was not intended to be a trilogy. Four years later when they released the second part, they decided that the movie will conclude in the third part which was released in 1990. The Screenplay is amazing. A small change in the past disturbs the events in the future. Doc saves a girl from falling into a valley in 1885 and Marty realizes that the valley was named after that girl. As she is saved there will be a different name.

The trilogy earned name for both Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Michael J. Fox as an energetic teenager impressed all. Christophe Lloyd with his super facial expressions, flowing white hair and ever glowing eyes captures the viewers. A must watch movie for Sci-Fi fans and if you aren’t one, watch this movie and you will become one.

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