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At Theaters: 11/26/2003 On Video: 4/13/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 56 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419981
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Paul Walker 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, JOY RIDE
Frances O'Connor THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, A.I., ABOUT ADAM
Gerard Butler LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE
Billy Connolly AN EVERLASTING PIECE, MRS. BROWN
Dir/Prod: Richard Donner LETHAL WEAPON 4
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Creating Realistic Action Sequences
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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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Below Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 140 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
22
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
28
High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
Fairly High
83%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
15
Fairly High
87%
30+Adults (M)
28
Fairly High
82%
30+Adults (F)
29
High
93%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 Castlegard.

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 Professor Johnston!

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 actually transmit 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?

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