What if you could go back in time and change something stupid you did? Or see how your great-great-grandparents lived? What if you could change history or even save the world? What if you could see what the future is like? Time travel is appealing: even though it is probably not possible (as far as we know), it’s a long desired dream of almost everyone and a much used narrative tool within cinematic storytelling.
But a lot of time travel films seem to have the same message about time travel: don’t do it because it will only cause problems, or don’t do it because you can’t change anything. In Donnie Darko (2001) and Arrival (2016), time travel is actually a solution, the only solution, to problems. In these films, time travel is used so Donnie and Louise can save the world.
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