In the heart of the beautiful and historically rich Dordogne Valley of France, a team of archeology students and their professor diligently work to uncover the ruins of a 14th-century castle. For Professor Edward Johnston, the project is the culmination of a lifelong dream. Aided by assistant professor Andre Marek, his son Chris and students Kate, Stern and Fran
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Time travels, but it sure doesn't fly by in this debacle.
The positives for this film were scene dressing, costume and generalmovie aesthetics were very nice, however the film left me huffing andtutting in response to poor acting, and a poorly thought out andincredibly predictable storyline. Timeline stories are among some of myfavorites but parts of this one just did not make sense and theparadoxical twist at the end was nonsense (How can one person have twodifferent deaths in the same time-line???). If you like your sci-fitime-related story lines to make sense and provoke philosophicalthought then this one is NOT for you! As a Canadian produced film Iguess I shouldn't be surprised by the huge French bias but Englishviewers be warned we don't come out too pretty in this one! BillyConelly's performance was dire too. His distinctive voice and wackypersona just did not carry with his character or the flavor of thefilm. I couldn't determine whether this was due to a lack of actingability or poor scripting Altogether pretty disappointing.
Being categorized as science fiction is stretching the theme somewhatas time travel, the technology and theory played little part of themovie. Archaeologists have usually been portrayed as peaceful,enthusiastic scientists. I expected them to be overjoyed with theprospect of visiting an historical period for which they have aninterest. However, even before they arrive in the midst of a medievalwar they have all had several turns at arguing with each other. Eventhe scientists who developed the technology cannot agree amongstthemselves. I did not seem to miss anything during a coffee breakduring which I did not pause the movie nor did anything important occurwhen I fast forwarded for a few minutes. Timeline is a fast pacedaction movie with a science fiction foundation and seemingly authenticmedieval conflict. I would recommend this movie for a rainy day or latenight insomnia. Although happy to have watched it, I'll never watch itagain primarily due to the unnecessary and continual arguments and,secondly, because I could not understand why the 'bad guys' behaved asthey did.
This movie was good. It wasn't as good as the book, but it was good. I think Paul Walker, David Thewlis and Gerard Butler did amazing jobs for their parts. David Thewlis did an excellent job making you wonder through the whole movie if he was a good guy or a bad guy. I would recommend it!
I was very disappointed from this movie. I didn't really expect a SciFi masterpiece, but this movie is just trash. The acting is so bad that you think you are watching some kind of B movie. Almost nothing that is being said or done in this movie makes sense and is totally ridiculous. Apparently they spent all their money on sets, effect and marketing, but didn't have any money left for a good director and decent actors. Don't waste your money and time on this one.
I think I had a rather unique perspective on this particular movie. I'm anaspiring film maker who just happens to make a living as an ArchaeologistAND hobbies in medieval recreation.I read the book first. For those who get bent out of shape over movies notmatching the books, don't read the book first. TIMELINE (the movie)definitely stands by itself just fine without any background knowledge.Gerard Butler and Frances O'Connor make the movie. David Thewlis (one ofmyfavourites) was perfect as Doniger.Don't think, however, that the elimination of the other strong femalerolesfrom the book wasn't noticed. The character of Kramer could have easilyremained a woman, even with the change in roles. There was no reason tocastGomez as a man. It's a shame these changes were made... there are so fewstrong female characters (even the short-lived parts) in fantasy andadventure movies.The costumes were great (and as far as I could tell in one Movie Theatersitting.. accurate), and the archaeology was pretty close to home. It'sniceto finally see real archaeologists portrayed properly in popular culture.In short... great movie, don't read the book first and you'll loveboth!
This movie was not bad. It was a movie that you should go into and getthemostentertainment out of it. I am a Michael Crichton fan and I like all hisbooks. If youthought this movie was bad, at least it was more exciting than theAndromedaStrain.Although I really liked this movie, I wished they had parts like theJousting part. If youhave read the book you would know what I'm talking about. The game wasstillgoodw/o the jousting but I would have liked to have seen it. The last battlewasvery cool andif you haven't read the book some of the twists would be surprising. Ialsoliked LambertWilson(Matrix Trilogy:Merovingian) in this movie. When people die inTimeline, I alwaysfelt sorry for them. In all I would give this film a 7.7/10.
Walker is by far the movie's biggest liability, a walking vacuum in the time-space continuum with a terrifying ability to commit heinous crimes against cinema dialogue.
This one wins my vote for the worst movie of the year with clichÃ©s galore, a thin, predictable, and unbelievable plot, bad dialogue, and inaccurate historical facts. It's not even mildly entertaining; however it is nauseating in its cheesiness. As I watched the movie, I wished that either the French or the English would kill off all of the time traveling main characters so that the story would end. Needless to say, I couldn't sit through the whole thing. In short, don't waste your money on this one. If you must see it, rent it first.
Donner performs an appendectomy on the story with a rusty butter knife, butchering it in every way imaginable.
I don't know why this movie got so many 1 stars but I thought it was worthy of atleast 3-5 stars. I purchased this movie after watching it and still watch it often. It's a great movie and worth watching.
This movie is only getting two stars because nobody gives two stars formovies and I wanted to distinguish myself.This book was one of the few books I have read in my life time, and tosee it impugned so ruthlessly by the movie makers hurt. A lot.Entourage watchers: Do you remember when the Variety columnist toldJohnny Drama that he took a star off his "Five Towns" rating as soon ashe saw Drama in the show? Well, apply that idea to Paul Walker, andmake the one star three stars.I really want to see Crichton's Prey on the big screen, but I fearafter this debacle it wont happen. Great.
A goofy, curious entertainment -- something of a guilty pleasure, a film that invites you to jeer and laugh in equal measure.
Frankly, given some of the reviews I saw for this movie, I wasn'texpecting much. This is actually a decent flick. No it doesn't dojustice to the book and not all the actors are great, but there's agreat sense of desperation throughout the film. The pacing is breakneckand the middle ages are depicted as brutal and ugly as they reallywere, unlike the romanticized accounts we usually get, i.e."Dragonheart", "First Knight".Paul Walker, and if's there's a duller actor on earth let me know,plays Chris, son of a noted Professor who's gone missing in time.Specifically 14th century France. Why France? They really never explainit to us, but it looks convincing. He's accompanied by a tough historyfreak, the terrific Gerard Butler. his would-be girlfriend Kate,Fracois, their terrified interpreter and a marine and his two buddies.Beware the marine.The time-travel is plausibly explained here and the effect, if a bit ofa letdown, are adequate. Once our heroes hit Castlegaurd France, 1357,things start to fly. Terrific fights, good swordplay and frequentflashback to the boneheaded scientists back home. Did I mention ourheroes have only so much time to rescue the professor, an underusedBilly Connelly, and get back home?The actions scenes here are really good, definitely the highlight of thfilm. there isn't much time for character development. Though there isa nice romance between Butler and Lady Claire. Their scenes are thebest and the only one with any sort of humor. The rest of the film isplayed very seriously! Still I liked Timeline, is moves fast the baddies get their due,doesn't David Thewlis ever play a nice guy? And the heroes are actuallyheroic!! Cool flick, if they did leave some loose ends.
Basically a remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, but without teenagers, mutants, ninjas or turtles.
This review is from: Timeline (Full Screen Edition) (DVD) This is a good copy, clear no problem areas. I liked the movie and saw a good deal on it and could not find it on my rental service, so bought it at this good price. am satisfied
According to history- it may not be totally correct, but it is a goodmovie. It has both action and drama. I laugh and I cry. When it isover- I want more! I want more drama, more fighting, and I just lovewatching movies with knights in shining armour...The sci-fi plot, about travelling through time, is both silly andboring, but combined with the historical facts, action and good acting,this movie reaches a higher level. Like in Terminator, one stopswondering how it would be possible. Instead one feels just as trappedas they do, stuck in the past, wanting to change history. Butler does it all, I may say. Walker is, like always, not convincing.The rest of the cast is quite OK.
Despite choppy, clunky moments, it leaves you with a smile.
Hollywood's latest adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel will make you wish you could travel back to the days of Westworld or Jurassic Park.
Oh my goodness, I wanted to read the book before I watched the movie,and the whole idea of the the book was distorted, it could have been soso so so so so so so so so much cooler if they had just stuck to thestory line of the book, regardless of the bad acting, the charactersthemselves might have made up for them. The book had intense battlescenes that, frankly were more descriptive than when I was watching themovie. The book gave a real feel for the characters, instead of justwatching people that you hardly have any feeling for running around inthe movie. Whole characters were left out that would have enhanced theplot so much more. In short, the film making was far....extremely farfrom the quality of the book.