Stars: * 1/2
Rating: PG-13 for language and intense battle sequences
Run Time: 1 hour, 54 minutes
I got my fill of summer fare when the days were longer and the nights were warmer. “Timeline” is a throwback to those mindless actioners that have no business being released during the thoughtful, awards-pregnant movie season.
“Timeline” is based on the time travel
thriller by prolific word-meister Michael Crichton (“
While picking and shoveling about the medieval site, Chris Johnston (Paul Walker) seems more interested in the curves of fellow student Kate Erickson (Frances O’Connor) than in the thrill of historical discovery. When team leader Professor Johnston (Billy Connolly) unexpectedly disappears, the group discovers that the project sponsor has managed to harness cellular energy to unleash the secret of time travel.
the starry-eyed students need to rescue
the obvious when I say that Paul Walker if awfully pretty, but can’t act his
way out of a paper bag. His vapid
action-dude energy pervades the proceedings like a wet noodle.
On the up
side, “Timeline” is chock full of cool computer graphics, semi-intriguing
period sets (emphasis on the “semi”), and a masterfully understated performance
by Scotsman Gerard
Bottom line, “Timeline” is a tired thriller guaranteed to get lost amidst the cerebral and artsy offerings of the holidays.