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Timecop (1994)

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Critic Consensus: It's no Terminator, but for those willing to suspend disbelief and rational thought, Timecop provides limited sci-fi action rewards.

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Based on a comic book story, this futuristic film follows the time-travel exploits of policeman Max Walker (Jean Claude Van Damme). In 1994, Walker's wife Melissa (Mia Sara) is about to tell him that she is expecting their first child when they are attacked by a group of criminals. Walker is shot and beaten and lies helplessly on his lawn while he sees their home and his wife blown up by the killers. Ten years later, Walker remains an employee of the Time Enforcement Commission, a federal agency which was set up in 1994 after the U.S. government learned that time travel technology is feasible. The commission's role is to prevent time travel to protect U.S. economic interests. Walker learns that the corrupt Senator McComb (Ron Silver), who helped establish the agency, is exploiting it for personal gain, trying to establish a monopoly on time travel so that he can enrich himself in the stock market. Walker travels back in time to stop McComb from murdering his former partner. At the same time, Walker hopes to rescue his wife, and he learns that the attack on his home was ordered by McComb to stop Walker from foiling his plans. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

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Cast

Ron Silver
as McComb
Mia Sara
as Melissa
Bruce McGill
as Matuzak
Gloria Reuben
as Fielding
Shane Kelly
as Rollerblades
J.J. Makaro
as 1st McComb Guard
Yves Cameron
as 2nd McComb Guard
David Jacox Jr.
as 1st McComb Man
Mike Mitchell
as 2nd McComb Man
Jacob Rupp
as Palmer
Lon Katzman
as Handlebar
Sean O'Byrne
as Aide Lawrence
Gabrielle Rose
as Judge Marshall
Alfonso Quijada
as Photographer
Yvette Ferguson
as Atwood Secretary
Glen Roald
as Doorman
Lon Katzmann
as Handlebar
Duncan Fraser
as Irish Cop
Nick Hyams
as Newsboy
Kelli Fox
as Aide Secretary
Pamela Sue Martin
as TV Commentator
Tom McBeath
as TEC Technician
Frank Cassini
as TEC Agent
Kim Kondrashoff
as 1st Security Guard
James Lew
as 1st Knife
Charles Andre
as 2nd Knife
Scott Nicholson
as 1st Guard
Ernie Jackson
as 2nd Guard
Tom W. Eirikson
as 3rd Guard
Laura Murdoch
as Virtual Reality Woman
Dalton Fisher
as Washington Cop
Doris Blomgren
as Old Woman
Ian Tracey
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Timecop

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13)

Van Damme is compelling only when he takes his clothes off.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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For the most part, Hyams' lackluster direction and the repetitive quality of the action sequences squander an intriguing premise and impressive production design, leaving few moments that elicit the sort of 'Wow!' response such fare needs in order to pros

Full Review… | November 2, 2008
Variety
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SF specialist Peter Hyams, doubling as usual as director and cinematographer, leaves his record for mediocrity unblemished in this silly time-travel tale.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Hyams is no stranger to large-scale sci-fi, so his management of the massive sets and slightly mechanical fx is more than adequate.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Years of tireless persistence have begun to work in Mr. Van Damme's favor. It's hard not to enjoy his energy, even if his acting gifts still leave a lot to be desired.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Maybe it's the formula, maybe it's all that time travel, but you just can't help thinking you've seen it all before.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Timecop

I didnt like this, its well done and looks OK but it lacks any kind of punch. Its pretty dull I thought, and like most other time travel flicks the story is predictable and the effects weren't that good even then, they now look really dated. There are some nice touches, like the soldier getting frozen and losing half his body and the odd good bit of fighting from JCVD but overall its really average.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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good van damme flick

danny d
danny d

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Underthought and unoriginal but not unwatchable.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

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