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!