Thursday, December 19, 2013

Vote for Timecop for The LAMB's Movie of the Month!


"I'll tell you this, if I can't go back to save her; this scumbag is not going back to steal money." - Max Walker (Jean-Claude Van Damme)

Looking back at Jean-Claude Van Damme's career, there are few movies that would be considered good. His breakthrough in Bloodsport brings cheesy fun ("Chong Li! Chong Li!"), but it also has terrible dialogue. Van Damme rose to prominence in the late '80s and early '90s with action movies like Lionheart, Cyborg, and Kickboxer. Most of his work in that period follows a similar formula. There's a loose plot that gives him chances for high-flying kicks. The Belgium native's stilted delivery makes it challenging to go beyond this format. This changed in 1994 with the release of Timecop, which dropped Van Damme into a fun sci-fi premise. The results are still pretty silly, but they're a big step above his usual stinkers.

Van Damme plays Max Walker, a cop for the Time Enforcement Comission who tracks down criminals abusing time travel for their own ends. He's haunted by the death of his wife Melissa (Mia Sera) 10 years earlier, but he's not allowed to go back and save her. When an ambitious senator (Ron Silver) manipulates time to grab power, Walker works to stop him and sees a chance to save Melissa. Don't worry, action fans. There are plenty of high kicks and splits to please your expectations. The difference is the story that's built around them. The science makes little sense, but it's also great fun!We should have a podcast about this awesome movie! Thankfully, there's a perfect opportunity to make this happen. Click on this link, find the box on the right side of the page, and make your voice heard. Let's win the vote and make Timecop The Lamb's Movie of the Month!

2 comments:

  1. For me, this was Van Damme's last watchable film of the 1990s and 2000s until JCVD as it had a nifty concept and some cool action. You damn right I will vote for this. And for the record, Cocktail fucking sucked.

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    1. I randomly saw Derailed, one of his straight-to-DVD films from the 2000s, and it's so terrible. Uses lots of stock footage and is so cheaply made. His acting isn't even the worst part. It's been a while since I've seen Timecop, so it will be interesting to revisit it if it wins. I expect it will be better than Cocktail. Thanks for the vote!

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