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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…
It hasn’t aged THAT well. It’s still an entertaining, little time travel movie (with time travel mechanics that don’t make any sense at all), but what was in 1994 considered as cool action, feels today like a TV pilot.
For an early Van Damme film it is solid. Although a bit cheesy on effects side , the plot is sounds enough as time-travel films go. Van Damme acting is ok along a descent supporting cast of look-a-likes.
"I'm still kicking. I must be on Broadway."
Now we get to the true ass kicker and leg splitting genius of the 90s Jean Claude Van Damme! Also truth be told, Timecop has one of the cooler elements in time travel movies that Looper seemed to have taken a note of.
The film isn't a fantastic one by any means. However it's cool, funny, campy, and action packed in the best ways possible.
I mean this is a movie where Jean Claude Van Damme does splits on a counter in short shorts in order to avoid getting tased! It's bonkers. It's loud. It dumb. But it's also fun and a great time.
a Peter Hyams classic.
Timecop is a mostly enjoyable film that loses some steam towards the end. It feels like the climax is in the middle of the film.
Van Damme is a pretty awful actor, and he's got no supporting cast to help him out.
the title of this movie is much better than the actual movie
Timecop's about a cop that has to stop a senator who uses time travel in order to secure his position as president in the future. When I saw the ratings of this movie, I was actually quite surprised to learn that the average is so low, because it's actually pretty decent! It's far less campy than your average '80's and 90's action movie, the acting, for the most part, is pretty good, the story's pretty intriguing and the action isn't too over-the-top. The visual effects don't hold up that well, but that's fine, since not every movie needs to have effects like Terminator 2 or Jurassic Park. I will say that Van Damme's acting isn't that great and that there…
Silly 90's action flick, its still silly now but great fun, I love Mia Sara.
It's been called the dumbest time travel movie ever made. And if that doesn't instill in you an overwhelming desire to see this, there is clearly something wrong with you.
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Short in the front & long in the back, I sure do love mullets. See notes for mullet info.