Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Canada/USA/Japan, 1994. Largo Entertainment, JVC Entertainment Networks, Signature Pictures, Renaissance Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment, Largo International N.V.. Story by Mike Richardson, Mark Verheiden, Screenplay by Mark Verheiden, based on the comic series by Mike Richardson, Mark Verheiden. Cinematography by Peter Hyams. Produced by Moshe Diamant, Sam Raimi. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Philip Harrison. Costume Design by Daniel J. Lester. Film Editing by Steven Kemper.
Relentlessly silly film about a futuristic world in which time travel is basically the flick of a light switch. The government has initiated an agency to enforce proper regulation of time travel to make sure that its technological advantages are not abused. Sadly, on the day that Jean-Claude Van Damme is appointed to this particular force, his wife is killed and, ten years later, he is barely emerging from his grief. Just in time, though, because he begins to suspect that a shady politician (Ron Silver) is trying to use time travel as a way to manipulate past events and become the nation’s president. Some nifty visual effects are combined with a rather fun idea for a plot, but Peter Hyams directs with a leaden hand and the whole thing sags under a lack of inspiration. Van Damme is game for the whole thing, but he can’t lift it out of the doldrums, nor is Silver a particularly charismatic villain.