The Sci-Fi Mind-Bender On Hulu Is The Most Original Time Travel Movie In Years

By Chris Snellgrove | Published


For sci-fi fans, there’s something ironic about time travel movies: after you watch enough of them, you may feel caught in your own time loop because all of the films feel more or less the same. That’s why it’s always special to discover such a movie that feels fresh and original, and if you’ve been on the lookout for a time travel movie that feels completely innovative, you’re in luck. Aporia is now streaming on Hulu, and its fresh take on someone turning back the clock is one that will keep you riveted from beginning to end.

Time Travel, As Always, Yields Mixed Results

What is Aporia about, exactly? Without giving too many of its twists and turns away, this is a movie about a woman grieving the death of her husband. He was killed by a drunk driver, but through the magic of time travel, she has the opportunity to save his life–a noble intention that, as you might expect, unleashes some seriously unintended consequences for herself and many others.

Trading One Life For Another


What makes Aporia’s take on time travel feel so fresh, though? Unlike most other science fiction films where characters attempt to alter the past, the grieving widow is unable to personally transport herself back through the veil of years. Instead, she has the opportunity to send a subatomic particle backwards to a specific point in time, and if that particle should appear inside somebody, they will instantly die.

For all intents and purposes, this gives her an opportunity to send a sci-fi bullet into the past and kill the man who killed her husband before he drunkenly steps behind the wheel. That automatically makes Aporia much darker than your typical time travel movie, but by the time she’s ready to pull the trigger, it’s hard not to sympathize with her actions. Once we see that the drunk driver both feels no remorse and experiences no major legal consequences for his fatally negligent actions, it’s clear that zapping him out of the timestream may be the closest thing the widow gets to seeing justice.

Familiar Faces To Sci-Fi Fans

We keep comparing Aporia to other sci-fi movies, and if you’re a fan of the genre, you’re definitely going to love the cast. The widow is played by Judy Greer, someone known for appearing in sci-fi blockbusters like Ant-Man, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (voice only), and many more. The dead husband she hopes to save is played by Edi Gathegi, someone known for appearing in killer sci-fi show For All Mankind, played the mutant Darwin in X-Men: First Class, and who will appear next year in Superman: Legacy, James Gunn’s inaugural film meant to kick off the new DCU.

A Critical Darling


In case you were wondering, we’re not the only ones who instantly fell in love with Aporia. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has a critical rating of 89 percent, a score which is that much more impressive when you consider how critics often can’t wrap their minds around science fiction. In this case, critics specifically praised Aporia for effortlessly blending its hard sci-fi premise with understandably human motivations and almost heartbreakingly emotional performances.

See For Yourself How Original Aporia Is


Once you experience Aporia, the only downside is that you’ll wish you could travel back in time and watch it again for the very first time. It’s currently available to stream on Hulu, and we’re confident that once you stream it, this film will blow you away. On the off chance that it doesn’t, however, we’re going to need you to promise not to blow us away with a subatomic particle…at least, not until we’ve watched Madame Web and are finally ready to die before the next crappy Sony superhero movie is announced.