• Publication date: September 18, 2009

Taking A Vacation . . . 600 Years In The Past Can Chris Rescue His Father In Six Hours?

�Timeline� (2003) is a medieval, science-fiction fantasy from the creator of �The Omen� (1976), �Lethal Weapon� (1987), and Superman (1978), Richard Donner. Bill Connolly portrays Professor Edward A. Johnston, an archeologist who specializes in medieval French history. Along with his son, Chris (Paul Walker) and a number of his students, the professor visits France for an excavation sponsored by the fictitious ITC Corp.

�Timeline� (2003) is a medieval, science-fiction fantasy from the creator of �The Omen� (1976), �Lethal Weapon� (1987), and Superman (1978), Richard Donner. Bill Connolly portrays Professor Edward A. Johnston, an archeologist who specializes in medieval French history. Along with his son, Chris (Paul Walker) and a number of his students, the professor visits France for an excavation sponsored by the fictitious ITC Corp.

Once in France Professor Johnston discovers that the dig locations supplied by ITC seem terribly awkward. Subsequently, he returns to ITC�s headquarters in New Mexico for further explanation. Meanwhile Chris and his peers are left behind.

While Chris is not particularly enthusiastic about archeology, he is very interested in a female student: Kate Ericson (Frances O'Connor). Despite his boredom, the presence of his current crush makes the trip more than worthwhile.

As the group of students continue exploring in the absence of Professor Johnston they discover a chamber that has been sealed for more than 600 years. Once inside they find a bifocal and a letter, neither of which are 600 years old. At first they suspect that someone has entered the chamber earlier, but there are absolutely no signs of a previous entry. In an instant the chamber caves in, almost trapping the students inside.

Once safe they inspect the two objects more closely. While the modern bifocal is puzzling the letter is frightening: it is a plea for help from the professor, dated April 2, 1357. Immediately Chris contacts ITC in an attempt to speak with his father. Astonished, he is given no explanation of his whereabouts, and instead invited alongside his fellow students to the corporation�s New Mexico laboratory.

ITC reveals a kind of 3D fax machine they have invented to ship packages into the future, an attempt to outdo rival shipping companies. The machine is only intended to send objects into the future but a wormhole has mistakenly opened, sending Chris� father back to the 12th century. ITC has invited Professor Johnston�s students to travel back in time, believing that they are the foremost experts in the area and time period.

With some hesitation the group of students travel to 1357 and quickly find themselves in the crossfire of the English / French feudal war. With only a few hours to rescue his father Chris must act fast or else be trapped in the past for good. Things are further complicated when a student returns from the past to ITC�s lab and accidentally detonates a grenade, nearly destroying the time travel device. Will the students ever return to modern times?

�Timeline� is rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and brief language. Its runtime is 116 minutes.