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A team of student archaeologists are digging at a medieval site in France when suddenly their professor disappears.. .into the l4th-century! Embarking on a perilous journey to rescue him from the middle of a feudal war, the students find that they’re not just excavating the past they’re living it.
Action Adventure - It's your typical sci-fi adventure where you certainly have to
suspend disbelief at the incredible coincidences in the storyline.
Also, how they time travel isn't explained, but that's not really
important since the movie is more about the characters and their
struggles to stay alive in the past.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 8 S-words. Not many others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Lots of killing, some cold-blooded, brutal and somewhat bloody. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor drinking. ACTION: Quite a bit of medieval sword fighting and major battles. COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny moments.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average ...but it's all dull and uninspired. This movie is in desperate need of a pulse. The movie bored me to tears with its plot element retreads and endless running around. There are times when the movie comes across as so laughably absurd that it's almost entertaining.
Roger EbertFull Review Average I felt too much of the movie consisted of groups of characters I didn't care about, running down passageways and fighting off enemies and trying to get back to the present before the window of time slams shut (there's even a big clock ticking off the seconds). Just once I'd like to see a time-travel movie inspired by true curiosity about the past, instead of by a desire to use it as a setting for action scenes.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Women enjoyed Timeline slightly more than the guys. A little better than half of all moviegoers really enjoyed this movie. Most of the remaining ones indicated that it's an OK movie. Only a very few truly disliked it.
If you aren't real demanding of your movies then you will likely find Timeline to be enjoyable, at least to some degree. If your taste in movies tends to run close to that of professional movie critics then you will likely be disappointed.
In the heart of the beautiful and historically rich Dordogne
Valley of France, a team of archaeology students and their professor diligently
work to uncover the ruins of a l4th-century castle. For Professor Edward
Johnston (Billy Connolly), the project is the culmination of a lifelong dream.
Aided by assistant professor Andre Marek (Gerard Butler), his son Chris (Paul
Walker) and students Kate (Frances O'Connor), Stern (Ethan Embry) and Francois
(Rossif Sutherland), Johnston has made major strides in unearthing not only La
Roque Castle but also a monastery and structures from the surrounding village of
But things are about to go haywire....
Suspicious of the dig's benefactor, International
Technology Corporation (ITC) and the man who runs it, Robert Doniger (David
Thewlis). Professor Johnston heads to ITC headquarters in New Mexico to get some
answers, and while he's away, his students discover a chamber that has been
sealed for more than 600 years. Marek and Kate descend into the unstable room,
and just before a near disastrous cave-in, they make two startling discoveries a
bifocal lens, which couldn't have been invented before the chamber was sealed,
and even more intriguing, a handwritten plea for help dated April 2, 1357 from
Determined to solve the mystery, the students head for ITC
headquarters, where they are stunned to learn of Doniger's new invention
— a machine that can
three-dimensional objects through space. He meant for
the device to revolutionize shipping, Doniger inadvertently opened a wormhole
that leads directly to the 14th century, and Professor Johnston, who had
insisted on experiencing the discovery himself, is now trapped in a vicious
French vs. English feudal war! Can Johnston's loyal students survive one of
the most violent battles in world history ...
and make it back to the 21st century alive?