Timeline the Movie

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Mollie D. Lesslie Instructor: English 101 Unit 1 / Essay 1 Final Draft January 22, “Timeline” Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Flat After reading the book, "Timeline" by Michael Crichton, I was very excited to see the movie. The story is fascinating for an action/adventure, fantasy/sci-fi fan. Classic action/adventure encapsulating pretentious villains, harrowing rescues in a sci-fi setting of time travel with a touch of romance and a slight bit of comic relief. Yet somehow the screen version left something to be desired. After all, one would think, how could you go wrong when Michael Crichton’s creative track record includes such films as "Westworld", and "Twister". Additionally, eleven of his novels, "The Andromeda Strain", "The Terminal Man", "The Great Train Robbery", "Eaters of the Dead" filmed with the title, "The 13th Warrior", "Congo", "Sphere", "Jurassic Park", "Rising Sun", "Disclosure", and "The Lost World", were adapted to film. Timeline being the eleventh movie adaptation left me feeling letdown and disappointed. The characters seemed somewhat flat and unbelievable much of the time. Almost like a "B" movie, which was surprising considering the cast. Paul Walker, Frances O’Conner, Gerard Butler, Billy Conolly, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Neal McDonough, Matt Craven, Ethan Embry and finally, Michael Sheen who round out the Timeline cast. All of these actors have seasoned, proven careers. Many of them hold one or more awards for their skill. Conclusion: The acting ability was certainly not the MOVIE’S downfall. To make a fair assessment of this movie we must look at all aspects of the collaboration. This would lead us to evaluate the Directors, Producers and Screenwriters in turn. Richard Donner, Director/Producer, with such films as "Superman", "Free Willy", the "Lethal Weapon" series, and "The Toy" with Jackie Gleason (to name a just a few)
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