I really, really enjoyed this film! I hadn't heard of it before, and am blown away! It is an experience! It is really impactful and captivating! If you like history, grand stories brought to life, and going on a surprise journey - watch it! Wow :)
If you want a Star Wars moment (celebrity characters and glitzy cgi fakery) I suggest you pass.
One of the many things I am excited about is how the main characters soon find themselves taken from the slow, calm world of archaeology to the real living (smelly, scary, confusing) world they have only been imaging and (the most impressive part for me) they discover they are no longer the main characters! Great story - great acting - great pace - you really have to pay attention to keep up. I watched it on video on a movie size screen, and I stopped it three or four times to digest what had happened at several points. I love how so many people keep emerging, and they all seem to be individuals - no cartoon, decorative, or simpleton ghosts, they each have their own foibles and motivations, and they are all swept up in this whirlwind that is bigger than they are.
Whew! I am stunned at how the leading actors are part of the story, and not just given screen time to show their faces - the story really moves with little regard for them while they try to catch up! They all show why they are career pros, and elevate the production.
I like this movie because I like history and I think it gives the feeling most people would really have if ever this happened. This way it emotionally took me on the journey with them. Sometimes you have a role to play, sometimes you shut up and run like heck, and sometimes you watch what is happening and try to collect your wits.
I don't like violence, and had I known this film had the violence I probably would have skipped it, but it was treated with enough emotional weight and honesty that I just held on and hoped for the best for everyone. It isn't gory, and unlike many movies, even the 'bad guys' were given the respect to be shown as human, which I feel lifts the entire experience from Hollywood flash to a work worth the effort and trust of all the cast and crew.
I've read reviews on imdb for maybe 6 or 8 years, and registered now, specifically to leave a review for this great film. I have only read a few other reviews, and it seems some people had expectations that were disappointed. I had no expectations, except I read a few of the actor's names and a one sentence summary, and I would say this movie impressed me most of things I've seen in two years - since I saw Arrival in the theater.
Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
A group of archaeologists and combat experts led by Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor use a "3-D fax machine" (so much for technobabble!) to time-travel back to France in 1357, in hopes of retrieving Walker's father and returning safely to the present. No such luck. Fending for themselves against marauding hordes of medieval French warriors at war with the invading British, these semi-intrepid travelers find their body count rising, and the deadline for their return home is rapidly approaching.
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