The concept of time travel is a staple in science fiction and sometimes it can get a bit confusing – especially when used as a plot device in movies. Believe it or not, despite the large amount of sci-fi movies that are in existence, there are only a handful that really use time travel as part of the story.
As confusing as it can be, a designer by the name of Mr. Dilliard had decided to take it upon himself and organize time travel movies via how the concept works in a film and what differentiates them from movie to movie. The flow chart he created is a very intelligent view of the use of time travel as a plot device and the variables he uses to separate the films are as amazing as the chart himself. Special kudos to Dilliard for even throwing in the Novikov self-consistency principle as a differential variable to categorize the movies ‘The Twelve Monkeys’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.
The flow chart includes classic films like ‘Planet of the Apes’, to romantic comedies like ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ and ‘Kate and Léopold’, to recent films like ‘Looper ‘ and ‘Men in Black 3.’ With all the different ways of the use of time travel, where do you think Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ would place?
Check out the chart below and let us know what you think of it!