Timecop

Release Date: 9/16/1994 – Rated R

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD)

Plot Summary: In 1994 Max Walker is a DC cop who is thinking about taking a job for TEC, the new police force that patrols time; as time travel has just been invented.  After a sexy night with the wife, he leaves for work only to be assaulted by some thugs and having his home and wife blown-up.  We cut to 10 years in the future where TEC is going strong and Walker is their #1 timecop.  He is forced to go back to the 20’s to bring back a rogue cop who is working on getting money for a corrupt senator who needs money for his presidential campaign.  This senator is also on the committee that regulates then funding for TEC, and has decided to shut it down, claiming that if there are no time machines the past doesn’t need to be policed.  Little does TEC know, but the senator has the prototype and has been going back and changing the future for a while now.  After one trip back, Walker returns to find that the future is completely different and the senator is a billionaire, he then going back again to stop him; but instead runs into his wife the day before she was killed.  With her help, as well as the 1994 Walker they defeat the senator and his goons, and change the future for the better.

Alex’s Thoughts: A lot of people call this movie ‘their guilty pleasure’, I think those people just don’t love themselves.  So much potential with a plot like this one, but this movie did not capitalize on it.  Van Damme was fine in the lead role, but it could have been anyone else starring in this flick and it would have ended up the same probably; he does his usual crazy high kick and splits schtick, but other than that he is pretty unimpressive (other than that haircut, w0o-wee he is lookin’ fine).  I really didn’t understand the time traveling part either: they leave in a pod, enter the past walking, and come back to the present in the pod.  What? If any movie needs a re-boot, this is the one; there are so many cool storylines that could come from this, so lets cross our fingers folks.

Tim’s Thoughts:This movie definitely deserves a reboot, and it’s fun to watch until they start to try and explain time-travel, plot, and anything else that isn’t just kicking butt. This starts as very watchable and then dissolves into mush as they start confusing you with the intricacies of time-travel and repercussions of changing the past. Basically Mike Bay could have directed this with similar results, maybe even better, less plot. Anyways I like parts of this, and am very bored with others. We should have picked Universal Soldier instead, anyways we know Time Cop is a lot of people’s guilty pleasure, but Jean-Claude is mine.

Final Thoughts: Not good overall, but is ripe for a remake. If only people in Hollywood would stop hacking up tween novels and listen to us.

Alex Rates This Movie 6/10

Tim Rates This Movie 7/10

“You see, I’m an ambitious Harvard-educated visionary who deserves to be the most powerful man in the world and you… you’re a fucking idiot who never figured out that the only way to make anything of himself with all that fancy kicking was on Broadway.”

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