A TEENAGER DISCOVERS A MYSTERIOUS MACHINE THAT ALLOWS HIM TOFREEZE TIME. NOW, HE'S USING HIS NEW FOUND DEVICE TO GET A FEWTHINGS FOR HIMSELF.
Who hasn't fantasized about being able to stop time and move things around? A watch with this power drops into the hands of Zak (Jesse Bradford), a teenager who yearns for speed. He uses it to impress Francesca (Paula Garces), the beautiful girl he's got a crush on, but soon they both find themselves running from a government agency led by a ruthless executive (Michael Biehn from The Terminator
) who wants the watch at all costs. Clockstoppers
suffers from a lack of any internal logic, but the basic idea fuels a reasonably swift story and some decent special effects. The soundtrack is unusually strong, with pop offerings from Blink 182, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, and others. Also featuring French Stewart (Love Stinks
) as a hapless scientist and Julia Sweeney (It's Pat
, God Said "Ha!"
) as Zak's mother. --Bret Fetzer