The famous H.G. Wells novel about time travel already seemed dated in 1960, as both the United States and the Soviet Union were launching men into outer space. Yet the era spawned many science fiction stories, and a film version of Wells's saga was still timely. The film is faithful to the 1890s era in which Wells placed the novel. The special effects, innovative for their time, won an Oscar, combining a bizarre vision of the future with a clunky but mesmerizing means of getting there. Director George Pal was outshone by cinematographer Paul Vogel. Rod Taylor is excellent in the lead role, and Yvette Mimieux vamps in the female lead.