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Timeline (2003)

This fall you're history

Original Title : Timeline
Director : Richard Donner
Writer : Michael Crichton
Jeff Maguire
George Nolfi
Genre : Adventure
Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Michael Aguilar , Kevin De La Noy , Richard Donner , Don Granger , Derek Hoffman , Gary Levinsohn , Michael Ovitz , Brian Read , Lauren Shuler Donner , Jim Van Wyck
Music : Brian Tyler
Jerry Goldsmith
Photography : Caleb Deschanel
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13
IMDB ID : 0300556
Official site : http://www.timelinemovie.com/
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poster for "Timeline" by Richard Donner (2003)
Timeline (2003) - Richard Donner
 

Starring

Paul Walker Chris Johnston
Frances O'Connor Kate Ericson
Gerard Butler André Marek
Billy Connolly Prof. Johnston
David Thewlis Robert Doniger
Anna Friel Lady Claire
Neal McDonough Frank Gordon
Matt Craven Steven Kramer
Ethan Embry Josh Stern
Michael Sheen Lord Oliver
Lambert Wilson Lord Arnaut
Marton Csokas De Kere
Rossif Sutherland François Dontelle
Steve Kahan Baker
David La Haye Arnaut's Deputy
Richard Zeman Oliver's Lieutenant
Patrick Sabongui Jimmy Gomez
Mike Chute Bill Baretto
Jayson Merrill Taub
Vlasta Vrana Monk
Marc Olivier Monk
Jerry Moss Monk
Danny Blanco Sheriff (as Danny Blanco-Hall
Paul Tuerpe News Reporter
Cas Anvar ER Doctor
Stephanie Biddle ER Doctor
Lois Dellar ER Doctor
Lynne Adams ER Nurse
Christian Tessier MRI Technician
Millie Tressiera Undergraduate
Amy Sloan Undergraduate
Ryan Wulff Undergraduate (as Ryan J. Wulff
Christian Paul Archaeologist
Marian Collier Archaeologist
Edward J. Rosen Archaeologist
Veronica Hart Doniger's Secretary (as Kathryn Stanleigh
Stephen Liska ITC Tech
Cecile Cristobal ITC Tech
Stéfanie Buxton ITC Tech
Bruce Ramsay ITC Tech
Hilary Porter ITC Prep Room Nurse
Christina Colburn Oliver's Wife (as Marie-Josée D'Amours
Alicia Wininger Oliver's Daughter
Luke Letourneau Oliver's Son
Richard Donner Man in Car (uncredited
Howard Harris Blacksmith (uncredited
Martin Stone Blacksmith (uncredited
 

Plot

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 14th-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 François (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. Although 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?
 

Comments

This is a nice movie that will hold your attention while it lasts, but won't be something you'll be thinking much about in the next couple of days. Certain inconsistencies in the plot give one a laugh, and after the end there are so many loose, erm, ends, that one can only wonder if they are already planning on shooting a sequel. The cast is moderately good, with non-demanding roles played on second gear tops. Nothing special is there to be said about directing or visual effects either. This is probably one good film to make your kid a trifle interested in archaeology, but hardly more. Summary: Best captured en passant
 
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