“Timecop”

Paleo Retiree writes:

Slick, clever, pretty amusing if also occasionally not very convincing Jean-Claude Van Damme time-travel action thriller from 1994, directed by Peter Hyams from a comic-book series. Van Damme’s a cop who’s assigned to police misuse of new time-travel capabilities; Ron Silver is the sleazy politician who’s determined to make a lot of misuse of them. The effects are pretty good (not that I’m someone who’s real picky about effects …); the plot loop-the-loops back on itself pretty cleverly; Van Damme is pretty likable as well as less wooden than usual (he spoofs himself in a few bits); and the masterly Ron Silver is hilariously Evilllllllll. There were long stretches where I found myself thinking, “Hey, Peter Hyams was a pretty darned good director!” But there were plenty of other stretches where I found myself thinking, “Hey, that’s why we laughed at him.” He did try awfully hard sometimes.

Related

  • Amazon Prime subscribers can watch the movie for free.
  • It’s also part of a couple of very inexpensive DVD packages: this one and this one.
  • Surprise surprise: Universal is planning to remake “Timecop.” Ain’t that a mindbender.
  • Fabrizio took a look at a more recent J-C Van Damme movie — directed, amusingly enough, by Peter Hyams’ son.
  • If you’re one of the six people in the universe — past, present and future — who haven’t seen Jean-Claude do an epic split for Volvo, here’s your chance to catch up.
  • Don’t forget to visit our Tumblr blog, where we share some of the twisted and foul things that stir our libidos. NSFW to the maxxx.

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog 2Blowhards.com. Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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4 Responses to “Timecop”

  1. Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

    I was only semi-satisfied with the last US movie, but Hyam’s son is pretty talented. I saw another of his movies a while back and thought it was pretty distinctive.

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