The Time Guardian
The Time Guardian (1987) is an Australian sci-fi romance.
It is the distant
future. A time-traveling city contains all that is left of the human race, but
the enemies of humanity can also travel through time. Time Guardian and Carrie Fisher are sent ahead
to present day Australia and prepare a landing site for the city. Fisher is
wounded rather quickly, and is quickly forgotten. The real female lead emerges
as geologist Nikki Coghill, who
also provides the love interest, and acts as
the perfect assistant to the Timemeister, who must battle stupid local cops as well
as the cyborg enemies, while constructing a stone support for one leg of the city,
which he sort of blew up in the opening scene.
It is pretty standard fare with the expected happy ending. The sci-fi element
of the film is weaker than it should be because the special effects, which occur
mostly in the first few minutes
of the film, are ... er ... nothing special. The project's strengths are
the photography of the spectacularly rugged Aussie outback and Nikki Coghill,
who is irresistible, so the film works best when when the sci-fi is kept in the
background and the enemies aren't on the screen.
If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to
explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by
our definition, a
C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs
and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:
D as sci-fi, but C- as a fairly cute romance, if
that's your bag, baby.