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Timeline (2003)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A book of the same name by Michael Crichton
Writers/Script Jeff Maguire, George Nolfi
Additional Info The finished movie was recut several time by the director on the instructions of the studio. Michael Crichton disliked it so much that he never allowed any more of his books to be adapted during his lifetime.
Director Richard Donner
Starring Paul Walker, Frances O’Connor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Neal McDonough, Michael Sheen
Elevator Pitch A group of archeologists and some security operatives are sent back by a teleporting device to the site of a feud between French and English forces in 14th century France, the location of an archeological dig in the present, where it is intended that they will rescue the leader of their group. They are assailed by both English and French knights, and the security detail is quickly dispatched, although one of them returns injured to the teleporting device with a primed hand grenade. It goes off. Can the team get back to the present?
Content A presentation in the present tells us what is going on, the team in the past are involved in several skirmishes with knights of both sides, a number of people are killed, mostly with swords, various members of the team are captured, imprisoned and escape. The English retreat to a castle and are besieged by the French. Nobody eats or drinks anything, or smokes, or has sex, or gets their gear off.
A View There are so many unexplained actions and events in this movie that anyone watching it will be confused, even a serious and important plot point explained in detail at the beginning does not take place in the end (we are talking about time travel here). Disliked by nearly everybody, it lost a fortune. If you want to watch a Richard Donner film, or even a Michael Crichton adaptation, choose any other.

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