With Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, David Thewlis, Anna Friel,
Directed by Richard Donner

With movies like
Superman, The Omen and the Lethal Weapon actioners under his belt, this is disappointing coming from director Donner. Based on a Michael Crichton novel of archaeologists who travel back in time, it was made a bit too close to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, which makes any big budget production with swords and castles pale in comparison. A group of archaeology students get pulled in by the government to find Walker's dad (who was working with them on a time-travel project). They have to go back to 1357 and, obviously have a limited time to return. They find themselves amid an English-French feudal war. When the time-travel device blows up, they're trapped. While it's no low-budget fare, Timeline feels too much like an over-long Outer Limits TV episode with nothing to truly blow you away.

PS. Veteran Oscar winning composer Jerry (
The Omen, Superman ) Goldsmith's original score was replaced by that of young new name Brian Tyler (whose previous work includes Six String Samurai, Frailty, The Hunted and Darkness Falls - he also scored the recent Robert DeNiro cloning flick Godsend).

1 / C
- PB

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5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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