Release year: 2003
Director: Richard Donner
Screenwriter: Michael Crichton (novel), Jeff Maguire, George Nolfi
Starring: Paul Walker, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, Frances O’Connor, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Michael Sheen, Neal McDonough
After discovering his cry for help on a more than 600 year old document, a group of archaeologists finds out their Professor (Billy Connolly) is trapped in 14th century France. Now they must go back in time and try and stay alive long enough to retrieve him.
With the director behind Lethal Weapon (1987) and a story by the man behind Jurassic Park (1993) it is clear from the beginning that you are in for good action and Timeline does deliver action, tension and grand battlescenes but somehow still failed to become a great succes. There is no lack of names in the cast, with both Walker (The Fast and the Furious, 2001), Butler (Olympus Has Fallen, 2013), Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004) and British comedian Connolly (The Boondock Saints, 1999) present, but somehow there’s still a chance you have never heard of the movie. The plot is thin and the special effects (especially during time travel scenes) leaves much to wish, but it is still a highly entertaining movie with especially Butler and Friel excelling, making this a movie worth a watch.
Michael Crichton, author of the same-titled book off which this movie is based, disliked this movie so much that he refused to licence any more movies based off of his novels. Nobody would gain the movie rights to a Michael Crichton book until Steven Spielberg, long-time friend of Michael Crichton, bought the rights to ‘Pirate Latitudes’ after Crichton’s death.
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