The plot has an ingenious number of twists. The most effective of these are those that centre around the time editing, like when Jean-Claude Van Damme returns from the past to find the TEC operation all but disbanded, his best friend not knowing him, McComb ahead in the Senatorial race and there no record of his fellow agent; and, most intriguingly, the ending where Van Damme returns home to his wife and a son, to a life of ten years that he has never lived. Screenwriter Mark Verheiden, a comic-book writer who also wrote same holiday seasons The Mask (1994) and later a producer/writer on tvs excellent revival of Battlestar Galactica (2003-9) and a number of other shows including Smallville (2001-11), Heroes (2006-10) and Constantine (2014-5), makes the script work exceedingly well and exceedingly consistently. (In the quibbles department, one kept wondering what happened to the high-speed vehicles and all the excess velocity that suddenly vanished when people went through the time barrier). Ron Silver, as always, plays well, doing a good variation on his frequently wheeled out yuppie villain characterisation.
Timecop was directed by Peter Hyams who has a strong association with genre with the likes of Capricorn One (1978) about a faked Mars mission; Outland (1981), an action film set on Jupiters moon Io; the 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) sequel 2010 (1984); Stay Tuned (1992) about people trapped in a Hell of tv shows; the monster movie The Relic (1997); the Biblical End Times action film End of Days (1999); and the Ray Bradbury adaptation A Sound of Thunder (2005) about dinosaurs and time travel. He also produced the appealing Famous Monsters team-up The Monster Squad (1987).
The film was spun out into a short-lived tv series Timecop (1997-8), starring T.W. King as timecop Jack Logan. The series was okay but was cancelled in mid-season due to schizophrenic scheduling. A film sequel was later made as the video-released Timecop: The Berlin Decision (2003) starring Jason Scott Lee.
(Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay at this sites Best of 1994 Awards).