Timeline

Timeline

DVD - 2004
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MPAA rating: PG-13, for intense battle scenes and brief language.
A group of present-day archeology students are stunned to discover a handwritten plea for help dated April 2, 1357 ... from their own professor. He's been blasted back in time to the 14th century. To rescue him, they must travel back and survive one of the most violent battles in world history--and make it back to the 21st century alive.

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Nooksack20
Jul 18, 2018

A great storyline. The acting leaves a great deal to be desired, but if offset by the basic plot and Critchton's fertile mind. Recommended.

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chriscoleman
Apr 18, 2018

This was taken directly from the Michael Crichton novel. The only change was they added a fictional character Francois for the film just so they could kill him off in the first 10 mins. A company is trying to come up with a way to send a virtual 3D fax and instead finds a wormhole that goes back to 15th century France. They can send people back to that time and recall them with little devices that activate the wormhole. The problem is transcription errors, like sending a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy. Inevitably the people they send are misaligned in dangerous ways (imagine an artery that's off by 1mm or a part of your brain not where it's supposed to be). Into this top secret mess comes a group of archaeologists who are studying that period in France's history and are in the middle of an archaeological dig of that location. They're finding 21st century artifacts that are carbon dated to the 15th century. So the company is forced to send them back or risk exposure. Lots of murder and mayhem and science in this film and in the novel. One of Michael Crichton's best.

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rationallady
Mar 23, 2018

I read the Michael Crichton book some years ago. I love time travel fiction. This is a good adaptation of the book full of medieval battle and twists in time travel. It was well-acted, but I kept thinking how truly difficult communication would be with 14th century people. Both English and French have greatly changed. 1357 was almost 250 years before Shakespeare!

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