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'Clockstoppers' has no time for plot

© St. Petersburg Times
published April 8, 2002
[Photo: Paramount Pictures]
Jesse Bradford, as Zak, and Paula Garces (Francesca) explore hypertime in Clockstoppers.

Movie: Clockstoppers

Rating: PG

Summary: This is the main plot, as well as I can decipher it: Zak Gibbs (Jesse Bradford) is a teenager with a scientist father who's not very focused on spending quality time with his son. His dad has created a watch that puts him into hypertime, a state in which he is moving so fast, the whole world seems to be standing still. Zak discovers the watch and its capabilities, but apparently he isn't the only one with plans for the watch. He soon finds himself in more trouble than he has time for.

My view: Another average, predictable effort from Hollywood is all this movie is. I found myself constantly befuddled by what was going on. It wasn't clear to me exactly what the "bad guys" wanted with this watch -- therefore the whole point still remains a mystery to me. I couldn't help but make comparisons with the 1985 blockbuster hit, Back to the Future, and I realized that Clockstoppers doesn't come even remotely close to repeating the magic of that movie.

Favorite part: When I walked into the theater, I was anticipating a pleasurable moviegoing experience. At least the previews were entertaining.

Least favorite part: The acting seemed amateurish.

Recommendations: Why bother?

Grade: D

-- Billy Norris, 14, is in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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