Timeline (2003)

logoDirector: Richard Donner

Writer: Jeff Maguire, George Nolfi (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Novel)

Starring: Paul Walker, Frances O’Connor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Neal McDonough, Matt Craven

 

Plot: In this case, a group of archaeologists and combat experts led by Paul Walker and Frances O’Connor use a “3-D fax machine” (so much for technobabble!) to time-travel back to France in 1357, in hopes of retrieving Walker’s father and returning safely to the present. No such luck! Fending for themselves against marauding hordes of medieval French warriors at war with the invading British, these semi-intrepid travellers find their body count rising, and the deadline for their return home is rapidly approaching.

 

Verdict: Not Quite There

 

Story: Ever film that is based on time travel tries to find something different to make it stand out, and I will give this one credit. It does pose a different idea to what we are used too, the whole 3D fax machine that creates a wormhole is new but very farfetched. If we are being honest this story is about saving an old man but sacrificing a group of young men who make the trip back. That alone would ask a few questions really. Most of the support cast are solely there to be killed off which leads to even more questions about the point in the mission. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Paul Walker: Chris the son of the Professor who doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, but will drop everything to go on a mission to save his life, even though he should already be dead. Good performance from Walker showing his potential in an early role. (7/10)

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Frances O’Connor: Kate one of the team who is determined to find something and will put her work before any relationship. Good performance but in the end is a very annoying character due to over reactions in the past. (6/10)

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Gerard Butler: Andre a man with passion for the past, who risks more damage to what has happened when he tries to save Lady Claire from the fate she already suffered. Good performance from Butler who showed he was the action star of the future. (8/10)

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Billy Connolly: Professor Johnston the man behind the dig who has put his career ahead of being a father to Chris, but he gets trapped in the past and calls for his team to risk their own lives to save him. Not the best from Connolly who looks lost a lot of the time, it didn’t help that his character is the catalyst for everything that happened. (4/10)

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David Thewlis: Robert the brains behind the time travel operation who fails to tell the team all the risks but shows what he is made of during the story after the machine gets destroyed. Good business man role worrying more about covering himself than the people whose lives he is risking.(7/10)

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Anna Friel: Lady Claire the lady whose death drove the French to victory but after she gets saved by Andre who is meant to be the motivation for the victory. Good performance pulling off the accents perfectly. (8/10)

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Neal McDonough: Frank the solider sent back to protect the team with his experience of previous trips, but he gets more than he has bargained for. Good performance in a supporting disposable character role. (6/10)

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Director Review: Richard Donner – I think it would be fair to say this film was a little bit too ambitious to put to film without any real major stars at the time and a lot gets lost in translation. (6/10)

 

Action: The battles sequences are big and full of plenty of action. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: The different idea for time travel works really well, but still leaves plenty of questions. (7/10)

Settings: Good authentic settings created for both past and present scenes. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try it is not brilliant but has some good ideas that don’t quite come off but the effort should be given credit. (Try)

 

Best Part: Andre character steals the show.

Worst Part: Questionable reason for doing the traveling.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final battle.

Favourite Quote: ‘So what you are saying, it that you accidently discovered time travel’.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $44 Million

Budget: $80 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

Tagline: One man’s future lie in the past.

 

Overall: Time Travel Film Lost In Time

Rating 60

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The Lazarus Project (2008)

As part of the Paul Walker focus weekend, here is my guest review of my favorite Paul Walker film role. I hope you enjoy, Aled from SofaWatch.

Title – The Lazarus Project

Year of release – 2008

Genre – Mystery/Thriller

Length – 1 hour 40 mins

Rating – 15

Director – John Patrick Glenn

Writer(s) – John Glenn and Evan Atrowsky

Who is in it? – Paul Walker as Ben Garvey, Piper Perabo as Lisa Garvey, Bob Gunton as Father Ezra, Lambert Wilson as Avery, Linda Cardellini as Julie Ingram and Malcolm Goodwin as Robbie to name a few.

What’s it about? – Ben’s (Walker) brother Ricky is out from prison and gets in contact over a plan he has for one last job. Initially Ben says no until he is let go from his job, which changes his mind and he agrees to go along. The job goes south and Ricky is dead along with some security and police officers. Ben being the last criminal alive takes the rap for the whole thing and is sentenced to death. One minute Ben is having a lethal injection, the next he is with Father Ezra (Gunton) and begins working as a caretaker for a psychiatric unit. All Ben wants is to get back to his family but many obstacles are put in his way. Surrounded by mysterious goings on and a lot of questions to be answered Ben fights against his own sanity until he discovers that nothing is as it seems.

Is it any good? – This is my favorite role portrayed by Paul Walker, the way he plays his character is so realistic. Full of suspense and mystery this film makes you question what is on going, it makes you feel apart of the film guessing at why what is happening happens.

Why should I watch it? – If you loved Shutter Island you will love this film also. The acting is superb and the storyline is written so well to portray the mystery and suspense.

How do you rate it overall? -10/10

Trailer Alert – The Houses October Built

When Halloween comes around a group of friends want to spend their holiday taking part in an extreme Halloween event they end up getting caught in the middle of something they can not control.

Release Date: None Set in UK

Questions:

What will the scare factor be?

Will it be documentary or found footage?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 75%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Sunshine Award!

sunshine awardI have been nominated for an award, this time it is the sunshine award. I have been nominated by Horrorville and would like to thank them for the nomination. I wold also like to thank everyone who has been helping with all my top 5 versus posts (Emma, Aled, Lesley, Simon, Daniel, Lewis) and today I also welcome Aled to writing reviews with his first review coming up today.

The rules for this award are:

  1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog
  2. Link to the blogger who nominated you
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
  5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them
  6. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer

My 10 Questions for nominees:

What’s your favourite movie genre?

Most likely horror.

What’s your favourite horror movie?

How to answer this, really. I think I am going with Insidious

Do you love horror (if so why)?

I like to see how directors try to scare people, and fresh ideas they come up with.

What are your hobbies?

Watching Football (Soccer for the Americans) and watching films.

If you could be in a movie which movie would it be?

My own movie would be the answer.

If you could meet someone who would it be?

Stephen King

What is your favourite sports team?#

Tottenham Hotspurs

Why did you start blogging?

Just to talk about films.

What have you learned from your time on WordPress?

A lot really selective times for posting was big thing.

What is your biggest fear?

Failure

My nominations are (I tried not to nominate the same people as Horrorville so if we talk on site and not nominated you will have been nominated by him).

My Questions are

  • Name a film you disliked for time but is now one of you favourites?
  • The worst film you have ever seen?
  • Most surprising film you have ever seen?
  • Which star makes you want to skip a film?
  • What star(s) will you watch any film of theirs?
  • What film do you want to see that you can’t get your hands on?
  • What film do you recommend people to watch?
  • If you wanted a versus post with me, what subject would you pick?
  • Would you like to get paid to write?
  • How many awards have you been nominated for?