2006-03-30 12:22

In the heart of the historically rich Dordogne Valley in France, a team of archaeology students and their professor work to uncover the ruins of a 14th-century castle. For Professor Edward Johnson (Billy Connolly), the project is the culmination of a lifelong dream. Aided by assistant professor Andre Marek (Gerard Butler), his son Chris (Paul Walker), Johnston has made major strides in unearthing La Roque Castle.

But things are about to go haywire...

Suspicious of the dig's benefactor, International Technology Corporation (ITC) and the man who runs it, Robert Doniger (David Thewlis), Professor Johnston heads to ITC headquarters to get some answers. While he's away, his students discover a chamber that has been sealed for more than 600 years. In the chamber they make a startling discovery - a handwritten plea for help dated April 2, 1357 ... from Professor Johnston!

The shaken students head for ITC headquarters, where they are stunned to learn of Doniger's new invention -- a machine that can transmit three-dimensional objects through space. While testing it Doniger inadvertently opened a worm hole directly back to the 14th century, and Professor Johnston was accidentally sucked into the middle of vicious French vs. English feudal war! Can Johnston's loyal students survive one of the most violent battles in world history and make it back to the 21st century alive?

What the critics are saying:

"Walker is by far the movie's biggest liability, a walking vacuum in the time-space continuum with a terrifying ability to commit heinous crimes against cinema dialogue."
- Jamie Russell, BBCi Films

"Harmless fun with a game cast in the grand tradition of '50s B movies that don't seem to realize how funny their dialogue is."
- Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

"Hollywood's latest adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel will make you wish you could travel back to the days of Westworld or Jurassic Park."
- Pete Kavadlo, Filmstew.com

While this unintentionally hilarious time-travel "adventure" may be worth a few laughs, it would be best at the bottom of your "movies to watch when absolutely desperate" list.

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