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Clockstoppers

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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.

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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

Special Features

  • The Making of Clockstoppers
  • Two music videos - "Holiday In My Mind" by Smash Mouth and "It's The Weekend" by Lil' J

Product Details

  • Actors: Jesse Bradford, Robin Thomas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Clockstoppers" on IMDb

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By Jane Bedinger on April 1, 2002
Format: Theatrical Release
We want more movies like this! Clean fun for older kids. We haven't seen anything this much fun for the whole family since "Back to the Future." It's the same kind of sweet, funny teen sci-fi adventure - Zak (nicely played by Jesse Bradford of Hackers, Bring it On) discovers a watch that stops time. Of course the bad guys want it back.
Director Jonathan Frakes (better known as Commander Riker on Star Trek) displays the touch that made Star Trek such a hit - believable characters and great stories that don't resort to cynicism or slime to deliver their impact. Plenty of action (the stunt biking had my son yelling with satisfaction) and good effects (think Matrix without violence), but without having the effects take over the show.
But the best part of the movie, I think, is the truly great girlfriend. Paula Garces shows the world what 21st century women can be. She's gutsy, funny, Latino, wears fab clothes,...
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I was pretty surprised when I watched this film. It was surprisingly entertaining and kept me riveted for the entire film. The acting by Jesse Bradford was very believable and the supporting cast enhanced the overall movie production.
This is a movie for all ages and comes across as good clean fun with nice dramatic touch.
Don't fear renting/buying this film! It's pretty good!
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Clockstoppers seemed like a Back To The Future rip off to me, but I'd wanted to see the it because I am a Sci-Fi geek and it was directed by Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes. My expectations weren't very high and the story, based in Science Fiction, had the potentially of being too hard for audiences to understand. The writers decided to go another way with it and put this unique, experimental technology in the accidental hands of a teenager, and then marketed the whole package to young adults. It sounded a bit sketchy to me too and that's why it took me almost ten years to see it, but what I learned from this film, you can never judge a DVD by it's cover. Clockstoppers combines Einstein's Theory of Relativity with teenage rebellion in an action packed film that will really leave you on the edge of your seat. The story starts when a former student of Prof. George Gibbs sends him a prototype, of a watch, that speeds up your molecules to the point where it looks like everything else is standing still. Prof. Gibbs soon leaves to go on vacation when his son finds the watch and wears it out, thinking it's a normal watch. Once he learns the truth, other Clockstoppers show up to try and kill him, and that's when the film really gets going. The acting and special effects aren't really what draws you into Clockstoppers, it's the story, which throws you in every single direction and leaves you craving more. This was a film that was at the bottom of my list, that I watched because it was short and it was streaming. I was just looking for something to watch before bed, and what I found instead was a terrific Science Fiction adventure that fell way under the radar.
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If you like science fiction-family movies,well parents,take your kids to the movie "Clockstoppers" starring Jesse Bradford.If you don't exactly know what the movie is about,it is about teenager Zak Gibbs (Bradford),who finds a watch that can make your molecules move so fast it makes the his town almost stand still.But when the ruthless man who made his dad make the time-stopping watch,tries to get it from him,thats another story.When I saw the film,I loved it.And I hope your kids will,too.
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It wasn't bad, don't get me wrong, but I can't say it is more than OK. Over the top cartoonish villains, teens that save the day from all the bumbling adults, and some moral lessons. All in all it was mildly entertaining and had the feel of those old pre-teen films License to Drive or If Looks Could Kill. BTW, on a tangent, had anyone noticed that the over-the-top evil plot of the villains in If Looks Could Kill was to take over Europe by first uniting it all under one currency and then controlling that currency? The Euro following the villain's plot of a late 80's early 90's kid movie makes you think huh? But I digress... Anyway your young kids will probably enjoy this film and it won't be drudgery to watch with them unless they watch it over and over and over again.
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The movie is about a watch that stops time - or rather, it speeds up the wearer of the watch and anything he is touching when he activates the watch and appears to stop time. That leads to some interesting effects. The watch lands in the hands of Zak, a high-school student played by Jesse Bradford - and the film becomes a teenage comedy. The omnipresent evil government agency wants the watch and the chase is on.
French Stewart is the developer of the watch and has a nice funny role. Zak's African-American high-school buddy is about a half step away from Stepin Fetchit (a very underrated comic, by the way) and Michael Biehn has very little screen time. Paula Garces plays the girl-friend Francesca with some style. The movie has so much going on that it leaves too many loose ends and lapses of logic; there is too much time spent on scenes that do not advance the film and not enough time spent on scenes that do. Adults will have to work hard to stay interested. Jonathan Frakes is a better director than this.
I suggest watching the film with children present because they will applaud the wonderful things they could do with a watch that stops time and they will laugh at every comic moment. I have to tell you that I got as big a kick out of watching my children watch the film as I did watching the film itself. If you are looking for a nice inoffensive movie to watch with your children this is right down your alley.
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