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They killed his wife ten years ago. There's still time to save her. Murder is forever... until now.
An officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who has a tie to his past.
Ten minutes in we get a Muscles from Brussels ass shot.
Twenty minutes in he does a mid fight split like it's the most normal thing in the world.
It just isn't a van Damme film without them!
I love the Windows Movie Maker special effects, but it's still a paradoxical cesspool filled with paradoxes and things that are paradoxical.
But it's still kinda cool.
Which sounds paradoxical, I know.
While not my favorite Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Timecop is probably one of the most well-written/directed/acted films he's appeared in, so far. I was pretty engrossed the entire time and it wasn't because it was super over-the-top hilarious either, I was actually very interested in the story. I mean, don't get me wrong, the baddies with the intense mullets and piercings were a treat and at times Timecop was so 1994 that it hurt a bit.
Also, why weren't cars as awesome in 2004 as they were in this movie? I'm pretty sure that in '04 I was still driving a '95 Ford Escort...
"I'm still kicking. I must be on Broadway." - Max Walker
I'm a few days removed from it so I don't remember that much. I do remember Van Damme shows his... naked... butt... again! This is an action movie that involves time travel. It is very self aware when it comes to acknowledging who the star of the movie is, like the quote above, mentioning his bad English, his lame (let's be honest here, they're awesome) one-liners. The time travel aspect is very broadly presented and is nothing more than a cool way to bring something different to an action movie but it does make for some great moments and an entertaining watch. Good fights, Van Damme is good in it, so this is a good movie!
Part of my Top 20: Time Travel Movies list
Mullets and plot holes. At times interconnected. Quite the underrated entertainer though as JCVD goes all business in the front, party in the back. Dem splits are the stuff of legend!
When this started I thought it was garbage, but by the end it had kind of won me over. Sure, it suffers from the usual time travel plot hole problems (If he fixed the past why doesn't his future self's memories change? And about a billion other things.) as well as the usual Van Damme can't act problems, and the plot's a little convoluted, but it still has a sense of cheesy fun and a climax that's surprisingly grounded in its characters. As far as Van Dame '90s vehicles go... well, this is the first one I've seen. But I'm sure there are worse ones than this.
There's only ever been two movies, to my memory, that have nailed time travel down perfectly. Those two would be Twelve Monkeys and The Terminator. Notice how I didn't mention Timecop. Depending on your personality, your reaction to this movie will either be "wait a second" or "BULLSHIT!" But then again, this is a Jean Claude Van-Damme movie, so what did you expect, There Will Be Blood?
Van-Damme's wife gets murdered, he becomes a timecop completing missions saving the future from going apeshit and there's some douchebag rich politician overlooking the operations. He gets sent back to the date of his wife's death, (very conveniently, I mean, the guy in control wants rid of Van-Damme, why would he send him…
Jean-Claude Van Damme is a joke now, but he made some pretty entertaining films in the 90’s. Timecop is one of those films. The time travel story has been done to death before and since Timecop, and the film doesn’t add anything, but it’s surprisingly entertaining. Sure, it just oozes with that 90’s vibe, but there’s something that makes it even more endearing. Where else can you see Van Damme doing splits?
"I'm still kicking. I must be on Broadway."
Van Damme really has a thing for playing dual roles him films.
Timecop is just another awesome action packed Van Damme film, packed with high kicks, splits, and horrible one liners.
Timecop is basically every time travel action film ever made, put into one. There's seriously nothing that hasn't been done before. Well, except for Van Damme being in it.
If you are looking for a fun time, look no further than Timecop.
Style is bordering between the 80s/90s- So dated, so hilarious. The purse snatcher on roller-blades in flannel, red bandanna, and Paul Shaffer sun glasses- Sex scene between Van Damme and Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)- More Bruce McGill typecast. Why does the time machine require a ship to go back in time, but not to arrive? Where does the ship go in between trips? oh and the WORST, WORST CGI finale since Lawnmower Man.
A very fun time.
"Never interrupt me when I'm talking to myself."
List of cliches in this movie:
-Cop with a new partner
-Cop with a dead wife
-Said cop watching tapes of dead wife
-Sweet jazz scored sex scene
-JCVD doing splits
-JCVD doing the high leg kick
-JCVD with a name totally incompatible with his character
-The top of JCVD's ass
-Super futuristic, self-driving cars only ten years into the future
And you know what, they totally work here.
I loved this back in 94. It does time travel justice (paradox), but has massive plot holes all the same.
Still like it
Set in the futuristic world of 2004 where there's hovercraft cars, this is one of the dumbest action movies ever...but it's fun to laugh at despite terrible acting and not even particularly great action. It's more of a comedy than anything else- like a dumb mashup of Robocop, The Dead Zone, and Terminator 2. And looks like in the end he's gonna need a Total Recall to implant some of those memories he's going to need in order to convince his wife he's not an intruder...I thought this would be better since Hyams and Van Damme kicked ass with Sudden Death, but it was kind of a disappointment. Also all of the action in the ultimate scene takes place in the dark?
PS- I love that in the 90's the bad guy goons always look like they're grungey dudes who walked out of an Alice In Chains concert, but they're wearing suits.
Very good idea or a Sci Fi action film, Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Timecop is a pleasant B movie action film that is well crafted and is an entertaining and gripping ride from start to finish. Van Damme is good here, and he is perfect for the part he plays. Timecop is a good film for what it is, and it’s a film that is well worth seeing if you’re a fan of Van Damme. I find him to be a so-so actor, obviously he’s more famous for his martial arts skills than his acting chops, and here he yet again he uses that to compensate for his lack of effective acting. I feel that Timecop is his best film along…
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Short in the front & long in the back, I sure do love mullets. See notes for mullet info.