Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 337: Clockstoppers (2002)

PG, 1 hr. 34 min.  Directed by: Jonathan Frakes.  Release Date: March 29, 2002.  DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002. 

There's something to say about a movie that has an entire plot and premise that are ridiculous.  Writers don't have to feel bound by realism or belief, they are free to come up with something that is uniquely creative.  It's something to admire, but unfortunately, creativity is like a double-edged blade:  done right, it cuts in to the minds and hearts of those who behold it.  Done wrong, and it cuts the hand responsible.  In Clockstoppers, that blade cuts both ways.

I saw this in the theaters in 2002, and owned it briefly before I wrecked my copy by accident.  It was the movie I popped in when I needed to de-stress, when I needed to relax, and when I needed to forget about the crap that was going on in my life.  It's quick and fun, not requiring any thought save what's going to happen next.  If you can enter in to the movie without actually thinking about what's going on, chances are good that you'll enjoy this immensely.  But, that's kind of a big "if" to swallow.

What's more likely is that you'll spot the holes in the story, the quirky dialogue, and the acting that is only lackluster.  The cast is mostly no-names, with a few exceptions who had best hope that their participation in this movie doesn't taint the rest of their careers, or end them in the same way participation in Star Wars ended the careers of most of it's cast.  The bad science (both theory and application) causes audience members to lose track of how the story is supposed to work, but doesn't help them lose track of where it doesn't work.  It's as if someone wanted to underline and highlight the text that doesn't make all that much sense.

Clockstoppers is filled with bright colors and intriguing effects.  With any luck, parents watching this with their children have access to an open bar to help those bright colors and special effects distract them from the mediocre attempt at film before them.  Oh, the things parents do for their children.