Timecop [HD DVD] (Bilingual) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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?Read more ›
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), weï¿½d 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 canï¿½t 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.
Thereï¿½s plenty about this movie that I found to be totally [bad]. For one, the movie feels the need to establish the point that you canï¿½t go forward in time, only backward, since the future hasnï¿½t been written yet. Itï¿½s sort of a silly plot device when you consider that the characters, once theyï¿½ve gone back in time, have to return forward again to what was once the present but is now the future since theyï¿½re 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.Read more ›
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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Had this movie in VHS format and needed it on my drives. One of the "good ones" from Van DammePublished 3 months ago by Kobalt
I have seen this movie many times on tv and always wanted to own it.
I think this is Van Damme's best movie. Read more
This is the best JCVD movie he has ever made. Good storyline and for '94 the effects are pretty good.Published 20 months ago by dave
got the dvd early and watched it and considering the dvd fairly heavily stratched but still playable. Very happy with DVD.Published 21 months ago by Donald W. Rodgers
I finally found a WS version of Timecop. JCVD is the best there is and TimeCop is one his better movies! I highly recomend this movie!Published on March 27 2013 by Roy
La version audio de ce bluray ne comporte pas de version francaise
mais seulement la version englais,german 5. Read more
Just like another Van Damne film,great!!!!!.He goes back in time to try to save himself and his wife before McComb and his gang to her. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Chase
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