In theory, time travel sounds like it might be quite a bit of fun, darting from one time period to the other to witness great historical events as they happen or or engaging in more simple pleasures like stopping Chris Brown from being conceived.

It could also improve your standard Friday night out, instead of spending in your regular pub, why not travel for some drinks and debate with Hemingway, like in Midnight In Paris? Or instead of your boring African safari’s, you go back sixty-five million years and hunt dinosaurs, which is what happened in B-Movie crapfest A Sound Of Thunder?

Both sound like far more fun than happy hour at Pitcher & Piano, but as the face palm above illustrates, time travel is actually a spectacularly annoying and pretty dangerous way to spend your free time. Here are ten ways that films have shown us why it should be avoided at all costs.


10. People Will Think You Are Crazy


If somebody wandered up to me in the street and told me they were from the future, I would think one of two things, either they are a first year drama student who is trying to involve me in some form of live street performance or they are batshit insane. Obviously those two things are not mutually exclusive, but chances are this particular individual would just be crazy.

So if you are in fact a visitor from the future, chances are that if you tell someone who you are and why you are here, as is the case with Bruce Willis in 12 Monkeys, you will get locked up in the nearest nut house where you will be forced to hang out with a crazy Brad Pitt and eat spiders instead of attempting to stop humanity being pretty much wiped out.

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This article was first posted on March 5, 2013