Timecop (1994)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who's intent on changing the past to control the future.

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  • Jean-Claude Van Damme in Timecop (1994)
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  • Jean-Claude Van Damme in Timecop (1994)
  • Mia Sara in Timecop (1994)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme in Timecop (1994)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme in Timecop (1994)

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3 September 2003 | Angry_Arguer
Peter Hyams has been making notable film ever since 1978, by "notable" I mean films pertaining to a particular genre which he has stuck to ever since. My review here is less a meditation of Timecop and more a look at how Hyams' work is never original and often winds up being poor imitations or self-referential.

Capricorn One introduces us to the whole "paranoid conspiracy" plot with many holes in the script and some pretty bad casting. It also attempts to make a statement about the use of technology in faking history. These elements are all present in Timecop.

Outland and 2010 further his attempt in futuristic actions. While the 2004 presented in Timecop is certainly far from the 2004 we know, it does bear many similarities to Hyams' prior "hardware-obsession" films. For the record, True Lies and Blackhawk Down are also "hardware movies"--soulless. It's also interesting how, before James Cameron, Hyams was trying to create the contemporary sci-fi film without the intervention of the space opera element. Needless to say, he's not as sophisticated as Cameron--if you want to label him as such.

End of Days, the Relic, and the Musketeer all further in Hyams' rather self-destructive course into less and less intelligent film (if he was ever intelligent to start with) and I can guarantee his next works will be bargain-bin only material. He is making the same movie over and over and only tries to make difference by recasting and swapping elements.

Timecop not only infuses the techie aspects of the Back to the Future and Terminator movies, but strips itself of the human elements that made the other two series better. JC-VD is not an expressive actor since his only asset is physical control. Bruce Lee knew he was an inferior actor so he stuck to his moves, Van Damme doesn't.

Overall, this is Hyams where he should stay, the low-budget sci-fi/action field, because he can't rise to anything else. As a filmmaker all around, I give him 2 out of 5 stars. Same for this movie.

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