Thursday, January 20, 2011

One of my Favorite-est Movies


I love the movie Timeline. It's based on the book by Michael Crichton. Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, and Gerard Butler star.

If you haven't read the book or seen the movie, Timeline is about a group of archaeologists and medieval experts who uncover some clues that suggest that Walker's father has traveled through time. They hunt down the dig's money backers and through their technology, time travel back to France in 1357. They only have a limited amount of time to get back to the present and the French warriors at war with the invading British makes locating Walker's father no easy task as their body count rises.

With time travel set in the Middle Ages, romance, action and adventure, this movie is one that I can watch over and over again. Just ask hubby, he can tell you how many times we've seen it as well as how many times I've suggested it and we (namely he) picked something else. Sure it's not the most accurate, but it's still a fun movie to watch. And it's one of the few book-based movies in which I actually like the movie better than the book.

Have you seen or read Timeline? What did you think of it? Have you ever liked a movie better than its book?

17 comments:

Sophia Richardson said...

I'd have to reread the book to be sure but I prefer the movie version of the Lord of the Rings. The scenery and the action scenes definitely, and I believe they integrated the Aragorn/Arwen romance a lot more, or gave her a bigger role so to speak. Though of course a lot more went on in the book. Still, just a fantastic translation.
- Sophia.

Cherie Reich said...

I loved the book TIMELINE, but I haven't seen the movie yet. It's on my to-watch list, though.

I'm not sure if I've ever loved the movie more than the book. I definitely think the two can compliment each other. For example, I always see and hear the characters from Harry Potter now when I read one of the Harry Potter books. It adds that extra element, but I still love the books more.

LTM said...

I have never seen this, but it sounds very interesting! Thanks, Nicole~ :o)

Donea Lee said...

I HAVE seen Timeline! It's a great one and one of my first encounters with the lovely Gerard... *sigh* (I love him with his hair long and wavy!!) I have not read the book, however. I'll have to. I also really enjoyed the LoTR movies - the books are great, but you have to trudge through a LOT of words (and songs...) to get to the story, so I (almost) prefer the movies. And, although I hate to mess with a classic, I'd rather watch "Peter Pan" (with Jason Isaacs as a kind of hot Hook - twisted, I know...) than read the book again.

Ciara said...

I've never seen the movie or read the book. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to go see if it is on Netflix on Demand. :)

Angela Felsted said...

How sad. I've never seen the movie or read the book.

The Golden Eagle said...

I've never read the book or seen the movie.

I know I've liked some movies better than the books--I just can't remember them right now!

N. R. Williams said...

I've seen it several times. I like it but not as well as other movies. I write fantasy, but I think I love romantic movies that have a lot of humor in them. Who can forget the scene in "Sleepless in Seatle," where Meg Ryan's character is hiding in the closet to listen to the radio show. Her significant other opens the closet door and declares, "Miss Scarlet, in the broom closet with a radio." LOL
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Colene Murphy said...

Never seen it but it sounds great!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hmmm...I've never heard of it before. I'll have to check it out. :-)

The Words Crafter said...

Love the movie!!!!! And the book. Unlike many of the others, I preferred the LOTR books.

I'm so glad to find someone else who's heard of this book/movie! Yay!

Happily Cheesy said...

I suppose if I'd read the book I might have enjoyed the movie more. As it is, I liked it--especially the end, but...maybe it was the score. I find if the music isn't just right I have a hard time enjoying a film.

Pk Hrezo said...

I can't believe I've never even head of it!! I have to check it out... sounds right up my alley!

salarsenッ said...

Ooh, sounds good. Can't believe I've never heard of it. I'm a major movie buff. Thanks.

Katie Mills said...

I'm sure I've seen this in bits and pieces- the plot sounds really familiar! Great cast too!

Myne Whitman said...

I saw this sometime ago, it's an oldish movie right? Loved it thought I haven't read the book.

Are you still doing the SO Blogfest?

Kari Marie said...

I stopped by to read your post on the SO blogfest and stumbled upon this post as well. I just recently saw this movie and discovered it was from a book.

I haven't read it (yet). I enjoyed the movie, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I liked the payoff at the end though.