Often labeled a "guilty pleasure", there are many things going for TIMECOP. Peter Hyams' painterly aesthetics (inky blacks, symmetrical frames), and a wry Ron Silver playing the prototypical Verhoeven villain (or: Reagan/Trump, if you prefer). Dated 1994, the film's sci-fi has iPhones, bluetooth and smart homes. Not bad. Pulpiness is toasted with gusto—bullets, boobs, bad jokes. It's the best cheap date you'll have!
Jean-Claude Van Damme successfully continued his early career momentum by teaming up with "Outland" director Peter Hyams, who brings with him a glossy visual palette full of inky blacks (which admittedly render some scenes too dark to follow). The result was a box office crowdpleaser, though these days the film is perhaps most interesting for the unintended political relevance of Ron Silver's Trump-esque baddie.