movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] We do love time travel movies…

LIMERICK REVIEW: There once was a time traveling cop
whose martial arts skills could not be topped.
But when traveling in time,
it’s easy to commit crime.
Often leaving a bloody mess that requires a mop.

HAIKU REVIEW: Time traveling cops.
What could ruin your day more–
Your wife being killed?

PEOPLE: Did not realize this starred action legend Jean Claude Van Damme. Mia Sara (aka Lili in Legend, Sloane Peterson in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Harley Quinn/Dr. Harleen Quinzel in Birds Of Prey). Ron Silver — who just died of cancer 3/15/2009.

QUIRKS: Time travel. Cops. Duh!

Based on the TimeCop comics — which I didn’t know existed.

VISUALS: A lot of great action scenes and good fighting. The time travel itself is not visual at all, really. The movie takes place mostly in the year it was made — 1994. But they do jump forward to 2004, and show some futuristic cars that look laughably bulky. They also go back to 1984.

MORALS/POLITICS: Power corrupts. Power over time travel corrupts absolutely. It’s probably better to have Timecops than to not have Timecops… But, good luck keeping the piggies clean when they can rob anyone anywhere anytime.

BAD STUFF: If you’re looking for a movie explicitly about time travel, this may disappoint you — It’s mostly an action good cop vs. bad cop movie within a time travel framework. That still makes it cooler than the same movie without time travel, though.

CONCLUSION: 3/5 stars on Netflix, 7/10 on IDMB. Carolyn agrees. A decent action flick with some time travel thrown in to liven it up.

RECOMMENDATION: If you like action movies, this is a good pick. If you hate action movies, but like time travel movies — you might not actually like this. Better stories that use time travel as a more central plot device include 12 Monkeys, Time Bandits, Futurama movie Bender’s Big Score, Terminator, Back To The Future 1 & Back To The Future 2, The Time Machine (original, not remake–very rare you’ll hear me say that), and the Avalon trilogy from the Gargoyles animated series.

SIMILAR MOVIES: There are not many similar movies to this. Time travel movies usually are more grandiose. Unless you’re talking about that piece of crap The Girl Who Lept Through Time.

MOVIE QUOTES: Eugene Matuzak: “You’re allowed to have a life, you know. I read it in a manual somewhere.”

Senator Aaron McComb: “Look don’t expect to be my chief of staff if my slamming your face into the side of the car is gonna turn you into a sniveling worm.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Compn liked it.

Mood: full
Music: Kreator – Behind The Mirror