There are pained faces when Timeline's gang of heroes, led by history buff Gerard Butler and archaeology student Paul Walker, leap from the present to the 14th century. It's a look of agony audiences will know only too well: Richard Donner's leaden time-hopping saga is sure to make them wish they could reclaim a couple of hours themselves.

Again leaking from the pen of science-gone-wrong doodler Michael Crichton, it sees a vacant Walker travel back in time to save his century-skipping father (Billy Connolly) from a huge battle. And that's all you need to know. Well, apart from the fact that it's a spiritless botch full of ungainly dialogue and chaotically dull sword-fighting.

Still, Butler is undeniably charismatic - his awakening to chivalry is the only spark of life - and there are some spine-icing shots of catapults sending fireballs whizzing through the night sky. But note to filmmakers: one charming Scotsman and a few flaming projectiles do not an action-adventure make.

Film Details

  • 12A
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: December 5th 2003

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