Time Runner

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Time Runner
The video's cover art shows Michael Raynor holding a gun and a spaceship shooting a city.
VHS Cover
Directed by Michael Mazo
Written by Greg Derochie
Starring Mark Hamill
Rae Dawn Chong
Brion James
Release date
  • March 17, 1993 (1993-03-17) (USA)
Running time
90 minutes
Language English

Time Runner (also known as In Exile) is a 1993 science fiction film starring Mark Hamill.


An alien force attacks Earth on October 6, 2022. Aboard a military space station, Capt. Michael Raynor faces the loss of his wife and escapes before the aliens destroy it. A wormhole appears and sends him crash-landing into Earth 30 years in the past. He goes into hiding and tries to get a bearing on where he is.

Meanwhile, two scientists discover Raynor's escape pod and analyze its origins before operatives from the Intelligence and Security Command (ISC) take custody of the unit. The scientists analyze some of the unit's components and discover that it is from the future, having found that a certain Indiana electronics company named in the parts doesn't exist. Upon discovering what time period he is in, Raynor tries to escape the ISC agents, making contact with the scientists and explains his origins. They recover a flight recorder and destroy the escape pod. Having seen the data in the flight recorder, they decide to find Sen. John Neila, who's in the midst of a re-election campaign and warn him about the invasion. However, Raynor discovers that Neila and the ISC agents are the aliens themselves, having been planted years before as sleeper operatives; one of the scientists, Karen Donaldson, is also revealed to be an alien, turning over the flight recorder to them. At that moment, Raynor sees visions of his pregnant mother being killed by an assassin. Noting that he was about to be born in a few hours' time, Raynor scrambles to save his mother while Neila tasks Donaldson to ensure it never happens.

Flashforwards into the future reveal that the aliens gain the advantage and attack a secret base in Capitol Hill, where the humans try to launch a nuclear strike while making their last stand. Neila, who is the Earth's President by that time, asks the launch crew to allow him to negotiate with the aliens, but lulls one man into giving up his revolver, allowing Neila to kill the launch crew and ensure victory for the aliens.

Flashing back to 1992, Raynor kills the assassin and convinces his mother to go with him - just as she goes into labor. The baby is delivered en route but the mother dies and Donaldson brings the baby to Neila. Having a change of heart upon cradling the baby, Karen protects the child from Neila. In a last-ditch effort, Raynor pushes Neila off a tall construction plant to his death while Arnie kills Freeman, the lead ISC agent. With Neila dead in 1992, the future Neila disappears from existence as well, but the adult Raynor also screams in pain before dissipating as well, leaving Karen and Arnie with the baby Raynor.


Critical reception[edit]

The movie received mixed reviews.

EW.com graded it a C- for having "plenty of gunfire and what-are-we-gonna-do-now? dialogue."[1]

The movie also reaps a 4% Audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]


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