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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…
Solid actioner with some fun time-travel twistiness.
This film is utterly ridiculous, it's like if Tommy Wiseau and Arnold Schwarzenegger had a child.
Better-than-average, knucklehead 90's actioner. What makes me sad is how much better this is than "Terminator Genisys".
This movie is much dumber than it needs to be and more fun than it deserves.
I've long felt that Van Damme was as close as we ever got to another Schwarzenegger, though my reasons for that have more to do with his choices in projects and collaborators than in anything with his own persona or acting.
This is sort of his Terminator (2), a time-travel movie with something on its mind - mostly asskicking, but a bit of sci-fi smarts. Its time-travel plot is just brainy enough to get itself into trouble - if it didn't reach as far as it did, we wouldn't mind so much that it's total nonsense. Cameron kept it simple, by today's standards - one must keep in mind that at the time, for its audience, it was a little…
Timecop makes my top 3 on the favorite Van Damme movie list. It has the necessary requisites I require in a film starring the Muscles from Brussels. Those being:
Solid entertainment. A MUST
Attractive female lead
Lots of ass-kicking
We can go ahead and check off all the boxes here. I love the futuristic time-traveling setting. Mia Sara is very acceptable as the female in distress. And VD delivers many an ass kicking to those that try to mess with his existence, both in his future and his past.
Timecop is a worthwhile viewing.
a typical JC Van Damme picture: no acting, no plot, a lot of violence!
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In the opening scene some Confederate soldiers are robbed by a man with assault rifles, and from that point you're hooked. Granted not all the time travel actually makes sense, like why are the bad guys at Walker's house the first time round? But plot holes be damned, this is ass-kicking sci-fi.
Rewatched this the other night. I was surprised at how entertained I was. Van Damme is in ego-trip '90s mode, not having as much fun with everything as he has been recently. Putting that aside, this is an enjoyable escape. It quickly goes batshit crazy, and good luck trying to follow much of the logic behind this plot, but this is probably one of Van Damme's best.
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Short in the front & long in the back, I sure do love mullets. See notes for mullet info.