A movie that I recently watched that relates to time travel is ‘Click’. Starring Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale, Click is directed by Frank Coraci and came out in 2006. The film is about a man named Michael who receives a universal remote which gives him the power to pause, fast forward or rewind his life. The problem with Michael though, was that he always put work ahead of his family. He just wants to give his family the life he never had. But what he does not realize is that all his family wants is him to be there. They don’t need the materialistic objects that he thinks they need, like a brand new bike. An example of a time Michael chose work over family is when his son had a swimming carnival that he promised he would attend. He broke that promise, and chose instead to work. Even when he did finally show up he was on his cell phone the whole time, not really spending time with his family. His family would show their frustration but Michael did not seem to notice.
This is a different sort of time travelling to what we have been covering during the year. It is unlike Kindred or the time machine or any of the other books, because he is time travelling through his life. It is not like he is actually travelling through time, because he does not go to a time like the 1950s or 3000s where it is not possible for him to be living. In Kindred, Dana is travelling to the 19th century. So as Michael fast forwards his life, he in turn ages and grows old. He can only travel through his lifetime. And due to the way he neglected his family and the way he lived his life, major things change as he travels.
The movie starts getting fascinating when the universal remote starts deciding for its self when to time travel. The fast forward button triggers itself by what Michael fast forwarded before. So for example, that one time when he fast forwarded having a cold shower (because it is unpleasant), the remote control thought it learnt that Michael does not like showers. So from that point on, the fast forward button is triggered every time Michael thinks about having a shower. This was not a good thing for Michael because he did not know that if you skip an event or action once (like taking a shower) it would skip it every single time for the rest of his life. And what makes it worse for him is prior to knowing about this, he had been fast forwarding all the family activities just so he could work, because Michael put work ahead of family. An example is when he fast forwarded the family dinner so he could work; the remote automatically assumed that he took work ahead of family.
As the movie goes on Michael starts skipping longer periods of time. One thing leads to another and as soon as you know it, he is skipping years of his life and slowly but surely his family starts drifting away from him. The remote learned from his previous actions. The remote would skip sickness for him, and whenever a promotion is mentioned, the remote would fast forward to the day he actually got promoted, because that’s what he wanted.
As soon as you know it Michael is in the year 2031 and he is divorced and his father has died. His wife has moved on and has remarried. What makes it even worse is that his own kids call his wife’s new husband dad. Due to the fact that Michael was never there for his family and work ran his life, he lost the people he loves the most. And his family has even found a replacement for him. It is weird for Michael because all his dreams came true (he is a CEO of a major company and is getting paid well) yet he is not happy like he thought he would be, because he has lost his family. It is ironic because he was working so hard to try and make them happy, yet it went the complete opposite way.
Michael started off having the power to time travel; kind of like in the book ‘The Time Machine’ (The time traveler decided when to travel). But as the film continues, his power is taken away from him, and the remote started deciding when he would travel. The remote would trigger the fast forward button whenever a certain event occurred. So his travelling habits change throughout the film. Toward the end Michaels time travelling changes like kindred. It is uncontrolled, unpredictable and is triggered only by certain events. In Kindred, Dana only travels back in time whenever Rufus is in trouble or in danger of losing his life. And whenever Dana is in a life threatening situation, she travels in time to the present. Neither of the protagonists in both film and novel have control over when they time travel.
The movie was an eye opener for anyone who watched it. It really does show us what people take for granted and what we should be appreciating. Family is something that we can easily turn our backs on and we think that they will always be there. But it is not the case at all, and I feel like we forget to appreciate the things that are right in front of our eyes. All it took was a time travelling device that gave Michael the power to travel through his life to realize what he needs to prioritize.