Timeline Directed by Richard Donner Rated PG 13 I've come to not expect much in the way of historical accuracy from Hollywood these days. The plot was weak to begin with and there were so many problems with the historical aspect, I couldn't help but make snide remarks to my friend during the film. Synopsis: Chris's dad is an archaeologist and he is heading a dig that is being mysteriously funded in France. Suddenly, Chris's dad goes missing. Chris makes a few calls and the whole company troops down to New Mexico to meet with the dig's benefactors. Turns out they have invented a way to "fax" 3-D objects through space. Unfortunately, they haven't got all the kinks worked out. For some reason, whatever they send through their "fax machine" gets sent back to 1357 France, which is why they have been funding the dig at the same location in modern times. Chris's dad, of course, got sent back to 1357 and they have been unable to locate him. It's up to this team of grad students and archaeologists to travel back in time to find the professor. On the way they kill some of the locals, one of them falls in love with a woman who is destined to die, and completely disrupt the timeline. As a student of Anthropology and linguistics, I had many problems with this film. 1) Have any of these people even read Chaucer? In 1357, the English were NOT speaking modern english. They were speaking Middle English, which is extremely difficult to understand. Also, the French, conviently enough, also understood modern english. This made no sense to me. Only on a few occassions were the French actually speaking French, but they were speaking modern French, not 1357 French. The fact that Chris and his pals were able to communicate with the locals with relatively no problems was mighty convienient. 2) The archaeologist Andre fell in love with Claire, who was destined to be hung in front of all her people and turn the tide of the ongoing war between the English and the French. Andre, of course, saves her life several times and prevents her death. (It's convienient that the French end up winning anyway, as history dictates). A REAL archaeologist would appreciate the timeline and should have enough integrity to not interact at all. Also, all of the other characters end up killing locals and interacting with people. How did they know that they didn't inadvertently kill their ancestor and, therefore, cause themselves to cease to exist? Archaeologists are trained professionals. They are trained to appreciate history and to know that what is in the past is written in stone and unchangeable. Andre was a romantic and obviously got his degree through the mail or somethign because no reputable university would teach a student to act in such a manner. 3) on the tomb Andre shows to Chris in the beginning, there is no writting and he doesn't know who is in there. But, when they all return, the inscription is there and it is obviously the words of Andre, who has married Claire. Did this writting just suddenly appear out of nowhere? Shouldn't it have been there from the beginning since it had all already happened in the past? I mean, they found the glasses and the call for help in the monestary, why wouldnt they have found the inscription on the tomb? And why would Andre be teaching about the death of Claire to the students if she did not die in the past? When Andre was teaching those students, 1357 had already happened, Andre had already gone into the past and married claire, thereby preventing her death. It shoudl have been written in the textbooks that Claire didn't die and that she married a Scottish man (andre). These are the problems with time travel and with interacting with the timeline. It can cause irreversable damage and unforseen problems in the future. Thank goodness time travel isn't possible (yet). I give this movie 2 stars out of 5. I can only hope that the book is better than the movie. For an excellent book on time travel (and REAL historians and real issues regarding the problems of time travel) I highly reccommend The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. It's about a woman who goes back to the Middle Ages and has to deal with language problems (not everyone automatically knows modern english), the Black Death, and how to get back without disrupting the timeline (something the characters in this movie are obviously not concerned with).