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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Mia Sara
Ron Silver.
Directors
Peter Hyams.
Screenwriters
Mark Verheiden.
Running Time
98 minutes

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It's a good thing the latest Van Damme actioner is based on a comic book, for if you give its sci-fi time-travel plot more than 10 seconds worth of thought, it disintegrates into a mish-mash of time-space continuum baloney. But hey, this is meant to be nonsense and despite its mind-boggling pretensions, it still delivers pure sub-cranial entertainment.


In 2004, scowling, haunted law enforcement officer Van Damme patrols the ultra hi-tech time paths to make sure no scheming so and so zips back down the years to adjustment the present, a task he achieves mainly by kicking them very hard in the head. Now, though, he has to reckon with megalomaniac, slightly-psychotic senator Ron Silver tapping history for enough wealth to fund his presidental campaign and paying negligable heed to the value of human life and those don't-fiddle-with-the-past rules. Add in a time-twisting sub-plot involving Van Damme's dead-wife (Sara) and proof positive that making contact with yourself in the past has some unpleasant side-effects and you've got a rollicking, kickboxing variation on Groundhog Day.


Van Damme once again bends and twists his muscular frame to superhuman excess, but his Belgian tonsils have all the flexibility of the Himalayas when it comes to splurting out his one-liners. While his characterisation - a heroic lump of granite - fits this comic absurdity perfectly as he kicks, punches, lumpenly wisecracks, leaps from exploding buildings, always gets his man and pops through time with an impressive custard-like plop. Enough, indeed, to make this brainless romp a real blast.




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R.I.P. Ron Silver; you were great.....

For your performance here. Two classic lines: -"Never interrupt me when I'm talking to myself." -"Didn't you know that the only way to make anything of yourself with all that punching and kicking is on Broadway?" Absolutely classic. Plus, who can forget the fact that Jean Claude more often than not made sure he got laid in his movies? Like in the following: DOUBLE IMPACT NOWHERE TO RUN TIMECOP MAXIMUM RISK ... More

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Posted by darkraven28 at 23:52, 12 July 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Timecop

always hated Van Damme, you cant kill anyone doing the splits ... More

Posted by krudler at 21:31, 07 May 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Timecop

Very entertaining Van Damme flick, good effects and an amusing performance by Ron Silver as the badguy. Solid fight scenes as well. ... More

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Posted by Kazuya at 21:30, 07 May 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Great movie

Jean Bored Van Man is the personification of cinema mediocrity. A flabberghastingly uncharismatic fiend who thinks a constant stream of slow mo'd roundhouse kicks make a film good. Crap martial arts action, crap acting, crap bastard all round. I wouldn't wipe my arse with the celluloid of this harrowing hunk of heniousness.   A one star shit sandwich of the highest order. ... More

Posted by DanCurley at 15:58, 07 May 2008 | Report This Post


Great movie

One of the better Van Damme flicks, although let's be honest, doesn't narrow things down does it? Still not as good as Hard Target ... More

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