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Starring Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, Gerard Butler,
Billy Connolly, David Thewlis, Anna Friel

Thinking of movies based on the novels of Michel Crichton one thinks of classics as Jurassic Park, which are incredibly fiction filled with memorable characters, and fantastic action sequences. The latest Crichton book turn film, Timeline, offers none of the elements one usually gets with a Crichton film. In fact, it seems to be on the fast pace attempting to reach the end credits.

Fast-Paced, but horribly confusing, the film's plot goes something like this: A man dressed in 14 century clothing stumbles out of the desert with huge gashes in him, and is delivered to a nearby hospital. Members of a large corporation try to cover up the incident. Then, while on a "business trip" the professor of an archaeological dig in France disappears, only to have the lens from his glasses appear at the very sight he was exploring. Still trying to cover their trail, the large corporation calls for the professors son and a part of his crew to travel back in time to save the missing professor.

From the point of an action film, the movie is actually quite good. Almost all involved in the story are active in the battles and action sequences. All of the action in done quite well and the producers say there are no special effects the action is real. If you lenjoy sword play and gothic battles, you'll enjoy this film.

The down side is that if you are looking for more than an action film, you are going to the wrong theater. To enjoy this piece of work, grab the book too much is lost on screen.


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