Is it even praise to call a film ‘one of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s better efforts’? Try calling your wife’s meatloaf ‘the least nauseating thing I’ve even all week’ and see what she thinks.But cheap shots at Van Damme and meatload aside, Timecop is actually a pretty entertaining genre flick - despite the presence of the Brussels Muscles, and certainly not because of it.
Based on the popular comic book series of the same name, Timecop‘s hero is Walker, a time-traveling crime-buster who’s still nursing the wounds left by his long-dead wife. Since time travel is all the rage in our society’s future, a new law enforcement unit is conceived to prevent villain types from exploiting the space-time continuum for financial gain. Generally it’s small peanuts, but the nefarious Senator McComb has some massive evil planned indeed.
Offering a cleverness generally unseen within 50 square miles of a Van-Damme flick, Timecop has some fun with its time-travel conceit before getting down to the familiar plot and frequent bouts of ass-kicking/gunplay. Ron Silver (Blue Steel) is clearly having a good time playing an evil bastard, and it’s always nice to see the lovely Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) getting some screen time.
Bruce McGill (Animal House) and Gloria Reuben (Nick of Time) fill out the background effectively, and director Peter Hyams (Outland) clearly knows how to keep his goofball plot moving along quickly enough.
Heck, the special effects ALONE are more entertaining than any of the other Van Damme flicks you’ll come across, so if high-concept sci-fi action adventures are your thing, you could do a hell of a lot worse. (You could rent Freejack.)Looking back over movies like Death Warrant, Sudden Death, and Street Fighter, I must admit that Timecop is Van Damme's Citizen Kane.