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Timecop (1994)

Movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

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An average movie...but one of Van Damme's best

  • May 15, 2009
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Timecop was Jean-Claude Van Damme's best grossing movie...and while the plot isn't easy to follow...the movie does flow at a steady pace. Released in 1994 and based off a comic book by Mark Verheiden...Timecop is a time-traveling romp that spans ten tumultuous years. The movie begins with one of the best opening scenes ever to start a film. Confederate Soldiers are delivering a shipment of gold to General Lee and in the midst of pouring rain an outlaw stands in the way of their progress...with the words "I'll let you pass, just give me the gold" the movie is underway. In this opening scene there are five heavily armed Confederate Soldiers escorting the general's gold...and they would sooner shot this lone outlaw than continue any sort of discussion. With a final request by the outlaw to hand over the gold...General Lee's soldiers reach for their muskets...only to be out drawn and gunned down by a man with two fully loaded automatic hand guns.

The movie then flashes to the next timecrook. TEC (Time Enforcement Commission) Agent Walker's (Jean-Claude Van Damme) partner has turned rogue and time travels back to the great depression. While stock market traders are jumping from high rise buildings, the rogue cop visits his penthouse, pulls out a USA Today, and buys highly valued stocks of modern time at 1920 prices. Agent Walker is sent back to bring his ex-partner to justice. At this point in the film the plot begins to reveal itself. A young Senator, Aaron McComb (Ron Silver) is a presidential hopeful and uses time travel as a way to illegally obtain money to finance his candidacy. Agent Walker, thus spends the rest of the movie trying to stop and prove that Senator McComb is trying to buy the election and alter the future.

The film does has some notable co-stars. Melissa Walker (Mia Sara) plays Agent Walker's wife...and is instrumental in advancing the story. Eugene Matuzak (Bruce McGill) is head of the TEC and directs the agents on which cases to pursue and when to travel...he is also Agent Walker's best friend in the film. Sarah Fielding (Gloria Reuben) is an internal affair's agent assigned to follow Agent Walker after his ex-partner went rogue. She is also instrumental in advancing the film...and while the plot is difficult to understand...this is one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's best films...and his most acclaimed.

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May 20, 2009
I'll check it out...thanks for the reco. I too, like Van Damme, and am surprised at how low his movies rank.
February 21, 2010
Of course I'm also a fan of his straight martial arts flix, the early stuff like BLOODSPORT and KICKBOXER. He had so much promiss, it's a shame he had to mess around with drugs. Have you ever seen TIMECOP 2 with Jason Scot Lee? That's fun too, but talk about hard to follow!
 
May 18, 2009
I liked this one a bit more than you did, probably because I'm a Ron Silver fan even though he did abandon his lifelong liberal roots and turn (ick) Republican after 9/11. But if you want to see a really good Van Damme flick you should check out JCVD which I just reviewed because (surprise surprise) Jean-Claude can act!
 
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Director: Peter Hyams
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: (1994)
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Mike Richardson
DVD Release Date: January 20, 1998
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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