An officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who has a tie to his past.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 5.6/10 (22,546 voted)

Peter Hyams

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

When the ability to travel through time is perfected, a new time of law enforcement agency is formed. It's called Time Enforcement Commission or TEC. A cop Max Walker is assigned to the group. On the day he was chosen, some men attack him and kill his wife. Ten years later Max is still grieving but has become a good agent for the TEC. He tracks down a former co-worker who went into the past to make money. Max brings him back for sentencing but not after telling Max that Senator McComb the man in charge of TEC sent him. Max has his eye on McComb.

Writers: Mark Verheiden, Mike Richardson


Jean-Claude Van Damme


Mia Sara


Ron Silver


Bruce McGill


Gloria Reuben


Scott Bellis


Jason Schombing


Scott Lawrence


Kenneth Welsh


Brent Woolsey


Brad Loree


Shane Kelly


Richard Faraci


Steven Lambert


(as Steve Lambert)

Kevin McNulty


Turn back the clock, and you're history.

Release Date: 16 September 1994

Filming Locations: Barclay St & Nicola St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $27,000,000


Opening Weekend: $12,064,625
(18 September 1994)

Gross: $101,646,581

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


In the scenes where Jean-Claude Van Damme and Ron Silver are in their respective cars, the actors were shot on blue screen. The White House and D.C. backgrounds were added digitally in post-production.


Plot holes:
Walker's job is to prevent people using time-travel to alter the past, thereby changing the future; this is what he's trying to prevent McComb, the film's main antagonist, from achieving. However, when Walker himself travels through time, he does not hesitate to cause as much damage to his surroundings as humanly possible. When he travels back to 1928, for example, he beats up two security guards, fires a futuristic laser-cannon in front of a large crowd of people, then jumps out of a window with the criminal in tow, and disappears into a wormhole above a busy street in New York City. Doing these things would drastically alter history, but none of these events seem to have any noticeable effect on the future/present.


Eugene Matuzak:
You're allowed to have a life, you know. I read it in a manual somewhere.

User Review

A Step Above Most Of VanDamme Flicks

Rating: 7/10

I thought this was a notch above the normal no-brainer kick-boxer
action flicks which star men like Jean-Claude VanDamme, Steven Segal,
Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, etc. because of the interesting and somewhat
complex tale with time travel as the main theme. The story also has
some good twists and humor.

THE GOOD – Kudos to the four s's in here: Silver, suspense,
special-effects and sound – all of them are very good. There is
something about Ron Silver's looks that spell "sleazy and rotten"
before he even opens his mouth! When he speaks, his accent and
profanity quickly verifies those suspicions. The special- effects – at
least when this came out in the mid '90s – were very cool when the time
travelers reached their destinations and appear out of this wall of
near- transparent plastic. The story can be a bit confusing at times
but is fun at most times, especially near the end when doubles of all
the characters are on the screen at once

THE BAD – The bad part of the film is the credibility, especially with
Silver who plays a politician. No politician, no matter what party or
where, would be this much of low-life. In fact, the story is full of
unlikable and untrustworthy characters, too many of them. There also is
too much Rambo-mentality and the final action goes on way too long. The
time travel ange of the story may be intelligent but the dialog in this
movie is just plain dumb and too juvenile.

Overall, this is one of the best of a small group of well-done Van
Damme movies.