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This is one of those movies that you see once and then go looking for it to watch again. The story has a couple great villains, one is a snobbish and cruel English Lord the other is a self-centered businessman. The characters are relatable and *spoilers* they don't all make it through, which makes the story more believable. If you like historical fiction I would recommend given this movie a try, if you like time travel and the concept of seeing your actions from the past in the future then you will also like this movie. If you enjoy a bit of romance and some medical warfare then you'll enjoy it to. Basically, just watch it. :)
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2020
After completing the Audio Book Timeline I decided to watch the movie. I can understand why Michael C. was Not Happy with this adaptation. I get it that changes have to be made when converting a book to film but the wholesale changes were Not necessary. I like the actors and the cinematography but the story and characters have been altered so much it is Quite disappointing
Great Movie. One of my favorites. Netflix only has this for physical rental, so it was nice to purchase a digital copy as well. The extras also help folks to understand the movie as well. All the actors do a good job and it's also fun to see the circle of event happen in the past that come full circle in the present.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
Ho hum. The tile is the best part. I think Gerard Butler participated in this B-flick cause he ended the money else no reason for him to lower his standard as movie idol. This is a low budget, Hollywood B flick that has a set f modern weak-kneed, wonder day ditch diggers using sheepish lines and totally fake intellectual prowess to out wit the french and english soldiers in a land and culture that cherishes life like we cherish an cockroach. I doubt any of these actors would survive any realistic medieval situation. Just too ridiculous to watch after 15 minutes. Go to the last 10 minutes. The search for a decent movie in Amazon goes on!
Sadly - it seems that this could have been a good film but it has a bad script - dumb dialogue. And it feels like a made for TV movie. I love Gerard Butler but even he couldn't save this one. (He is hunky in this as well - so the film has that going for it) All the actors seem one dimensional but I'm attributing that as well to the script or perhaps the directing. But Richard Donner usually does good work. Maybe everyone needed a paycheck! Like I said - it all just doesn't quite work.
This was lame throughout. Really bad writing... It all just looked too clean. The costumes and props for 13th century France looked brand new like stage costumes. I don't think the character's clothes or uniforms would have been so clean. This is an older movie but after watching shows like Vikings and The Last Kingdom it was really hard to watch all the way through. It's ok, if your 12 years old but if your older and you have some interest in history, don't waste your time.
This a terrific sci-fi time travel flick. It has a cast that won't quit. Michael Crichton wrote the story, Paul Walker of Fast and Furious fame, and Gerard Butler ( Gods of Egypt, How to Train your Dragon, Laura Croft Tomb Raider) played main characters and others. The setting was in France and with moderately good technobabble science, land in the middle of the French and British Hundred years war. Exciting, engaging, well crafted and researched; this is a movie well worth having.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2018
This film starts as it means to go on by having the archetypal Californian surfer dude Paul Walker from the Fast & The Furious films play the son of crusty Glaswegian comedian Billy Connelly. They put in a line of exposition to allow this, but it was pretty spurious. After that, the remarkable and usually golden David Thewlis (from Blackpool) does a bad American accent but looks so good doing it I totally forgive him, and Anna Friel (from Manchester) does a decent French one but speaks suspiciously good English for no apparent reason apart from it being easier for Gerard Butler to flirt with her all cheesy like. Gerard Butler gets to be Scottish for a change and even Michael Sheen gets to use his own voice which must have been nice for him.
But regardless of accent, NONE of them attempt an old-timey dialect despite this being medieval times that they go back to.
"I can't give these people Greek fire and influence the course of history!" hahaha, REALLY? Be careful you don't, like, invent the hamburger ahead of time or whatever.
"No wait! If we don't put those back, we won't find them in the future and come back to find your father!" - just like in Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure :-)
Most of the movie is a lot of medieval knacking about with a cast of thousands and SO MANY ARROWS. A lot of the budget must have been blown on horses. And arrows.
It's a shame really because it's nearly good in bits, but it drags and meanders, and most of it is just silly. It doesn't help that people die very, very easily especially when spitted with a single arrow and there's hardly any blood, but really a TON of this easy bloodless killing. All the medieval people have perfect teeth.
Lots of talent attached to it so no excuse. Mostly, it has the reek of "think of the paycheck", and the faint but pervasive scent of "straight to DVD".
This is a lively medieval romp with a time travel twist. If you haven't read the book then you might find it enjoyable. If you have read the book you will find the film misses out on a lot of what makes the whole story, and especially the time travel bit, make any sense.
Acting not brilliant. Billy Connolly is wasted. (and I don't mean drunk). The whole thing is just far too rushed and consequently doesn't really tie together and while, if you've read the book, the guy in the road at the very beginning makes total sense, in the film the reason for his presence, is never explained and so there is a bit of a nagging mystery that is never resolved.
It's certainly entertaining, and I bought the DVD to watch it for a second time, but a brilliant story was truly wasted here.
A remarkably good caste drown in this odd piece. This is certainly the worst performance I have ever seen from Frances O'Conner. Can we really believe archaelogists are such caffeined-up screaming jocks? Maybe it was necessary to make Billy Connolly seem a plausible professor. If you like history or science fiction this is definitely not for you. And if you are English you will no doubt be offended by the concept of the plucky Scots going back in time to help the French out in the Hundred Years War. Just why did the director decide all the English were evil? Racialism? Some of the historic sets are laughably plasticy. I mean surely Hollywood can fake better. And as for fourteenth century English meaning you just put on a Jeeves and Wooster accent - has anyone heard of Chaucer???
Michael Crichton's book, upon which this movie is based, is a jolly good read which deserved better this B-movie effort. The acting is ham (Billy Connolly is criminally bad), the script is wooden, the sets are pure polystyrene, the fight scenes are pure panto. Worse still, the characters have been bodged: the nationalities involved in the historic setting have been switched to make the English the baddies (was Mel Gibson an investor) and somehow the Scots make an appearance, no doubt a desperate adjustment to the storyline probably because casting accidentally recruited two Glaswegian actors.
Arthur Vincie's 'Found In Time', released in the UK under an alternative title. The artwork mentions 'Memento' and it may have a similar feel to it, but there's a whole lot more going on here, and it's also a much better film than 'Timecrimes'. I wouldn't attempt to explain the plot after just one viewing but I was able to enjoy it without necessarily understanding it. Good performance by MacLeod Andrews.