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by Scott Weinberg

"'Cuz he's a cop...who travels through...time..."
3 stars

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.

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User Comments

7/10/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Ok story and some good stunts; what more do you need? 4 stars
7/18/08 R.W. Welch Hey, it's not that bad. C+ actioner with good F/X 3 stars
4/02/06 Peter De La Rosa Mainstream vandammage.Peter Hyams directs. 4 stars
8/17/05 Klondo Ron Silver + Nuts = Legendary 2 stars
8/11/05 ES best beginning for a film with this kind of premise, followed by VanDuh ruining the rest 1 stars
1/21/05 Jeff Anderson SURPRISE, A TERRIFIC VAN DAMME FILM! Mia Sara as always, is a beauty & great joy to watch! 5 stars
10/02/03 Sugarfoot Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. 3 stars
4/29/03 mr. Pink Terrible stuff and it's van damme's best movie! The horror...the horror.... 1 stars
1/17/03 bullit17 Easily Van Damme's best ... yet that still makes it only barely ... 4 stars
1/15/03 Jack Sommersby Entertaining stuff. Far from original, but wonderfully executed by director Hyams. 4 stars
1/15/03 y2mckay Stupid but passable entertainment, like most of VD's shit 3 stars
7/20/02 KMG This is the only remotely watchable Van Dammit flick 3 stars
4/01/02 Joe Schulz I love this, What more could you want? 5 stars
12/06/01 Scott Only movie JCVD is worth a crap in 4 stars
5/19/01 Thrillhouse yawn... did i miss anything? 2 stars
11/20/00 Finity i thought this movie was pretty original and i always enjoy watching it whenever its on. 4 stars
1/07/00 JussMatt Thank God there was at least a nude scene with Mia Sara. Otherwise Total Shit!! 2 stars
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