Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Timeline: It’s not as bad as Cat in the Hat

Timeline, the latest movie version of a movie in convenient text form novel by Michael Crichton, is reviewed in Slate. The review is, ummm, more positive that the notices for The Cat in the Hat:

Richard Donner’s Timeline (Paramount) takes place in 1357, but this isn’t a movie of hoary Sherwood Forest cliches. It manages, through sheer artistic force, to stoop below cliche– to seem both fresh and rotten at once….

Crichton is often accused by his critics of shoving a film treatment between hard covers and calling it a novel. That seems a bit unfair, if only because the film versions of Crichton’s novels usually turn out to be such dreadful bores….

Paul Walker, the blond charmer who rose to fame in The Fast and the Furious (2001)… has been given the heart-rending role of, uh, Paul Walker, and I’m sad to report he’s not up to the task…. When he dons his period togs, he looks a bit like Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), though without the depth or emotional range.

Ow! Ow! Ow!

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  1. And at the end of the review there’s a link to buy tickets – I wonder how many people actually used it?

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