Let’s be honest here: I haven’t met a single individual yet who either wouldn’t want to travel back in time to correct a few wrongs, or to have a glimpse of what their future holds for them. That coupled with the inevitability of it all, the very real nature of time being irreversible and its independent physical construct is what I think allures the human mind to the concept of time travel so much, because what greater pursuit than one that is with the current means, unattainable? However, that didn’t stop a few dreamers from dreaming of it. Literature and films have been telling stories involving time travel since as far as I can imagine, and due to the very reasons specified above, the audience just can’t seem to have enough, so much so that time travel movies can clearly be identified into a sub-genre of their own.
But sadly enough, Netflix’s library has currently omitted a number of time travel classics and fairly obviously definitive films from their library, including the ‘Back to the Future Movies’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ that popularised the sub-genre in the first place, and current modern classics like ‘Looper’ and ‘Predestination’ among others, and that is with respect to the current streaming scenario fast changing. However, we did a little digging and found some of the finest movies involving time travel and resultant time loops as a relevant plot point for you to watch. So, here’s the list of really good time travel movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
8. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is based on the classic 1962 astral traveling novel, but fails to recreate the magic that the novel encapsulates. Yes, the film does have its heart in the right place in certain short segments, but that’s about it. The visuals are dazzling, but over-imaginative to the point of exhaustion, implying that the ‘Disney’ imagination is afloat and well, albeit misplaced. ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ had the potential to be one of the better films of 2018, and not going to lie, some of the promos did have me believe something remotely similar. However, major deviations from the source material and less than interesting pit stops in the refined script hurt any chances the film had. ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ remains one of the worst performing and reviewed movies for Disney, ever.
7. The Man From the Future (2011)
Starring ‘Narcos’ star Wagner Moura as the character in the title, ‘The Man from the Future’ is hailed to be one of Brazilian cinema’s finest. The film is about a brilliant scientist who faced humiliation years ago after losing the love of his life, when one of his inventions causes him to travel back to that time and he is faced with the inevitable choice of trying to change the course of his life in the current timeline. With some quirky funny bits here and there and a truly memorable score underlining the film, ‘The Man from the Future’ stands out from its contemporaries by virtue of great character development by involving more personal stakes rather than save the world kind of tropes, which is a victory for the film in my opinion.