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Timecop [HD DVD] (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Bruce McGill, Gloria Reuben
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Mike Richardson, Mark Verheiden
  • Producers: David A. Shepherd, Marilyn Vance, Mark Scoon, Mike Richardson, Moshe Diamant
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Mca (Universal)
  • Release Date: Dec 26 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X1BYN8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,552 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Pay no attention to the fact that Timecop is an insult to intelligent science fiction, and that it gradually succumbs to an acute case of the sillies. It is a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, after all, so check your brain at the door and enjoy this action flick set in the year 2004. Van Damme plays an officer in the Time Enforcement Police, assigned to prevent criminals from traveling to the past with the intent of altering the future. Ron Silver plays the evil politician who plots to retrieve a stockpile of gold from the Civil War to finance his latest campaign. The film is clever to a point, and entertaining if you can ignore the dumb jokes and inconsistencies. Best of all, it's an above-average vehicle for Van Damme (relatively speaking), who gets to kick some villainous butt and share a few scenes with Mia Sara, who plays the Timecop's wife. As Van Damme fans can tell you, this is one of the action star's better movies. --Jeff Shannon

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Apart from the _Terminator_ series, there haven't been all that many SF time-travel action thrillers. There have been time-travel _movies_, but they're generally not action flicks. (_Somewhere in Time_, for example, was a romance.) Of course there's Nicholas Meyer's excellent _Time After Time_, which isn't as well known as it should be.
And there's this one. It's not (just) a Van Damme vehicle, though it works well enough for fans of the Muscles from Brussels. It's also a fairly well constructed and enjoyable SF movie.
SF readers be warned: it does _not_ have the logical tightness of Robert A. Heinlein's early time-travel stories ('By His Bootstraps', 'All You Zombies'), or even of the first _Terminator_ film. But as Heinlein found in later life, an unalterable past/future just doesn't make for very exciting drama. (As of _The Cat Who Walks Through Walls_, RAH was officially allowing the past, and therefore the future, to be changed.)
For this film, Peter Hyams borrows liberally but loosely from Poul Anderson's Time Patrol stories. Since (according to this scheme) a physically feasible means of time travel not only exists but can be used to change the past, there will be all sorts of baddies around who will try to adjust things to their own advantage. So there will have to be some time-travel cops who intervene to preserve the 'real' timestream.
Van Damme is one such cop. And in this film he's pitted against Ron Silver, well cast as a crooked politician who wants to rearrange things so that he becomes dictator of America.
Even if you buy the theory of time travel involved here, you've still got some camels to swallow. What, for example, is this nonsense about people exploding if they come into physical contact with their earlier or later selves?
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This is perhaps one of the worst science-fiction movies I�ve seen in a long, long time.
Jean-Claude Van Damme plays an officer in the Time Enforcement Police, and agency established to keep people from going back in time and manipulating the past. Even though this movie was made in 1994, the producers had an amazing amount of faith that in a mere 10 years time (i.e., prior to 2004, when this movie is set), we�d have perfected the ability to travel through time. The job of the Time Enforcement Police is, in essence, to keep people from traveling back in time and betting their life savings on the 1963 World Series while already knowing the outcome, thereby affecting the future (or rather, the present) as we know it in ways we can�t predict. Ron Silver plays the bad guy, a corrupt politician who sees the ability to go into the past as a way of financing a lucrative and powerful future for himself.
There�s plenty about this movie that I found to be totally [bad]. For one, the movie feels the need to establish the point that you can�t go forward in time, only backward, since the future hasn�t been written yet. It�s sort of a silly plot device when you consider that the characters, once they�ve gone back in time, have to return forward again to what was once the present but is now the future since they�re in the past. And though the present had once been written, when you consider that even the smallest change taking place in the past, the future (i.e., the present that once was) is no longer written in stone. An episode of The Simpsons had great fun with that plot device, as Homer went back in time, took one step onto one tiny plant, and changed the future to the point it even rained doughnuts.
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"Clever and original, Timecop is a thinking man's movie' is how People Magazine described this movie. That is pretty insulting really when you think a long time, say 5 seconds, about it.
As an action movie, Van damme has the moves here. The film moves along at a reasonable pace and the story is plausible if you do not think about it too much. Tragically there is the repetitive theme common to most of the star's movies of the family man who cares. This tends to be the major flaw in his work.
One of the things that really gets me irritated is the tendency to postulate futures where the differences betwenn the near future and now are presented in such a stark fashion that they are incredible to contemplate. here particularly I refer to the vehicles and to some of the coostumes. Look back over the last fifty years and you will see gradual change but essentially the basic styles have remained the same. I understand that for dramatic effect these are useful devices but then they are undermined by the sloppy tendency to use music from olde eras which clearly has not changed.
The holes in the plot are there for all to see although they are disguised by the clever circularity which the film makers use. The action sequences are impressive although they look very dated today, certainly in comparison with Jet Li for instance. Then there is the scene for the ladies where Jean-Claude does the splits. Alas his star has faded in recent years as his current movies tend not to have this feature.
Worthwhile watching on rainy days where there is nothing on the tv. Alas there are too few of the former and too many of the latter.
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