Though based on an original and respected novel, Hyams' horror thriller comes across as a pastiche of the genre's conventions as evident in major pictures of the past two decades, such as Jaws and the first two Alien films.
The film's temporal ineptitude would give Doc Brown a seizure, suggesting that an evolutionary mishap alters some creatures but conveniently leaves our bland heroes -- and Ben Kingsley's silly wig -- completely unchanged.
While the purpose may be exemplary, the method the gentlemen employ is highly dubious as a practical exposition. And once it is revealed to prove their point, it should certainly put them in a pickle for conspiring to subvert justice and fool the courts.
Sure, this is an older movie-- but it was one that I liked back in the day and it was NEVER released in Widescreen on DVD...only in full-screen ( which nobody ever actually WANTS) -- so when I saw that TIMECOP was available through Walmart.com, it was a nice treat-- at the low price, it was a no-brainer fun-purchase-- plus it came with a second movie on the same disc. I may be the only person actually wanting to buy TIMECOP on dvd, but Walmart had it-- so thanks, Walmart.\n\nAs for the movie itself, Ive always liked Van Damme-- and after buying JCVD ( at Walmart, go figure) --I was nostalgic for some of his older flicks-- Bloodsport was a classic-- but it was TIMECOP that I really wanted. The story has plot-holes when it came to the actual \"science\" of sending people back in forth through time... but I loved the cast so much that I end up overlooking those quirks. Van Damme plays a cop who must stop an evil senator from buying out the Presidential election, which he is able to do by using the government run Time-Enforcement-Commission to go back and steal money in the past. Of course, making changes in the past has effects on our present-- so the problems escalate quickly before our hero can stop him and put things back the way it should be-- all in all, it's a fun ride with memorable characters... even if the time traveling itself is not thought through enough to make sense.
Displaying precisely the imagination that gave the world such epic achievements as The Star Chamber and The Relic, Hyams dusts off America's designated import and goes with Arnie Schwarzenegger his own self.
This is when you knew that Michael Douglas was a star. Holbrook was the perfect 'reasonable voice ' of justice, theirs. The ethics haunt us all the time as much today, perhaps even more than when this gripping film was made.