Clockstoppers (2002)

Jesse Bradford, French Stewart, Paula Garcés, Michael Biehn,
A teenager accidentally activates a machine that enables him to speed up his body so that other people seem to be standing still.
  • 5.2 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • Rob Hedden, Andy Hedden, J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Writer:
  • Jonathan Frakes, Director:
  • Gale Anne Hurd, Producer:

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6/10 / 10

Zak Gibbs (Jesse Bradford) is a teenager, son of Dr. Gibbs (Robin Thomas), abrilliant scientist. He wants to buy a car, but the attention of his fatheris to his own research work. Zak likes Francesca (Paula Graces), a newstudent from Venezuela. One day, Zak finds by accident a watch developed byEarl Dopler (French Stewart), a former student of Dr. Gibbs, with capabilityof accelerating time. Henry Gates (Michael Biehn), the villain of the story,stole this research and wants to make lots of money with this device. Zakand Francesca will face lots of adventures due to this finding. Thescreenplay of this film has lots of flaw, but anyway it entertains. Thereare lots of inconsistency in the story, but if the viewer do not payattention to these details, may have some fun. The special effects are veryreasonable. Teenagers are certainly the public-target of this movie. My voteis six.

8/10 / 10

When the government secretly hires a firm to produce a time-slowing devicethat would speed up a person's molecules so that they could travel atseveral times normal speed, a high school student ends up with the deviceand becomes the target of a manhunt to get it back.

Clockstoppers is the first feature film from director Jonathan Frakes

outside the Star Trek universe. The story revolves around a mysterious

watch with the power to speed the wearer's molecules and allow him to movefaster than anything around him does. Scientist Earl Dopler sent a prototypeof the device to friend and college professor George Gibbs to help himperfect the device. One afternoon, the watch accidentally falls into abroken toaster where George's son Zak picks up to take withhim.

Zak has been trying to get a new foreign exchange student to go out withhim. She finally agrees after he goes out of his way to stop some bulliesfrom harassing her and agrees to have him come over to her house to helprake the lawn.

When he activates the watch, thinking it's a stopwatch, time slows suddenlyand while taking the bag of leaves to the garbage can comes across a hissingpossum. He pokes it and thinks it's dead and waltzes into Francesca's houseto show her what he found that was invading the trash cans and his watchsuddenly ends its time and everything goes back into standard motion. Thepossum isn't really dead and when he tries to explain, things get out ofhand.

After figuring out what the watch does, Zak and friends go on the lam tryingto escape the organization that's trying to get it back. They use similarwatches, preventing him from using the watch as an escapemechanism.

Nickelodeon films, one of the production companies behind the film, havebeen known for good and bad movies throughout their feature film career andhave managed to stumble across both an idea and a director that works.Frakes proved his capabilities with the feature film Star Trek: FirstContact, a terrific film that shines among its fellow Star Trek films. Now,Frakes has branched further into the science fiction genre, stepping awayfrom his small screen productions. He takes a potential childish andunemotional film, blends in the right amount of scientific explanation,avoids paradoxes adroitly and keeps the film excellently paced with plentyof room for enjoyment.

The performances are probably the weakest part of the film. Each actor doeshis very best to portray the characters realistically and perhaps theirrelative inexperience is a factor. Bradford has numerous credits to hisshort career, including Hackers, but smiles far too often for his charactersneeds and even when he's upset or angry, the tell-tale smile is nearby.Garcés tries her best, but with the broken English, she feels more like acaricature than a character, but she is awfully beautiful! The same goes forthe third friend, Meeker, who is around for comic relief more than fordramatic necessity.

Television actors Stewart and Julia Sweeney, as Zak's mom, are capable

actors in their own rights, but for Stewart, this was a step in the wrongdirection as he bounces well over the top of good taste in his ratheramorphous role.

The true prize of the picture is its slow-down visual effects. Using

technology first seen in commercials to stop the action and then using acomposite image to allow actors to walk freely amongst stopped figures, wasa bit troublesome at first, but as the film went on the effects were better.The most notable was the frozen water droplets hanging in air while theactors interacted with them. The effect was admirably done and importantonly to the magnificence of the experience.

Clockstoppers is most certainly made for teens, but adults will be able tosit back and enjoy the film without feeling talked down to. I thoroughlyenjoyed it!

9/10 / 10

Clockstoppers is everything I'd hoped for... Action, some comedic moments,good SciFi, great special effects and very decent acting.

A lot of money was spent on this movie for the effects and crew and itshows.

There's been a few negative comments from folks who seem to forget that itis a SciFi movie made for kids and families, intended to be a good storywith good effects and offend no one.

Looking at Clockstoppers in that light, it is a big success. Compare it toThe Matrix or 2001, and it falls short. No surprise, they weren't meant tocompete.

All in all, a formularic "boy meets girl/father and son resolve differences"family movie, combined with state of the art special effects make for agreat family movie night.

/ 10

There are people out there saying negative stuff about this movie, but whatpeople are not realizing is that is is a family movie. It's for kids andfamily. Jonathan Frakes did a great job directing this movie. Jesse Bradfordwas good as the main character. Michael Beihn was just awesome as the badguy in this movie. Nickelodeon is just down and out awesome. I love theirmovies. This one had lots of really really cool special effects. greatacting and lots of fun. Oh yeah, lots of action kids style too. I recommendthis movie to anyone who loves a good family movie. Or for anyone who lovesan awesome Nickelodeon movie.

/ 10

The story of Clockstoppers centers around a very cute teenage boy who isgood at a lot of things, extreme bike-riding with lots of incredibletricks,playing a guitar, riding a skateboard, fighting with hissister...

His mom, played by Julia Sweeney of "Saturday Night Live" and "It's Pat"fame is a doting, (and docile) mom but his father, a college professor, ismuch more involved in his students' lives than in Zak's life. This causesalot of conflict between them and Zak tries to get his father to understandhow he feels. His dad looks guilty but professes that Zak isexaggerating.When he has promised to go with Zak to look at a car that is Zak's heart'sdesire, his dad suddenly has to go away to help an old student who ishavinga problem with an invention.

The invention is a wrist watch that can be activated to put the wearerinto"hyper-time". After the father leaves, Zak finds the watch and puts iton,thinking it is only a watch. While visiting a girl he has recently met,Zakpushes the button to check the time and voila! Time stops. To the viewerit appears to freeze everyone and everything else, but then you begin tonotice that drops of water from the sprinkler are still falling, justfalling a millimeter per second; a hummingbird suspended in mid-air isstillflapping his wings, but so slowly that you can barely see the movement.However, Zak, and anyone who is touching him when he activates hyper-timeismoving at what appears to be a normal speed.

Zak is stunned at first but eventually realizes what has happened and, asatypical teenage boy, proceeds to have some fun with it, along with thegirlhe wants to impress! Some of the tricks they pull are hysterical and leadyou to imagine what you might do if you got ahold of thiswatch!

Of course, there must be an evil plot behind this somewhere, and we soonlearn what that is. This leads to grave danger for Zak, his dad and Zak'snew girlfriend and also provides for some fun car chase scenes.

The movie, of course, requires you to suspend disbelief and if you aren'tcapable of that, skip the movie! Otherwise you are only going to spendthehour criticizing the scientific aspects of "hyper-time" and annoyingeveryone around you who has some imagination and is having a good time.

The movie is directed by Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander Riker onStarTrek, the Next Generation. He apparently learned a lot during his STNGdaysand puts it to good use in this science fiction fun-fest. Thanks NumberOne. You made it so.