March 29th, 2002



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A teenager accidentally activates a machine that enables him to speed up his body so that other people seem to be standing still.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.0/10 (7,578 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Director: Jonathan Frakes

Stars: Jesse Bradford, French Stewart, Paula Garcés

Until now, Zak Gibbs' greatest challenge has been finding a way to buy a car. But when he discovers an odd wristwatch amidst his father's various inventions and slips it on, something very strange happens. The world around him seemingly comes to a stop; giving the effect that everyone has come to a stop. Zak quickly learns how to manipulate the device, and he and his quick-witted, beautiful new friend, Francesca, have some real fun. What they soon realize, though, is they are not alone in hypertime.

Writers: Rob Hedden, Andy Hedden

Jesse Bradford - Zak Gibbs
French Stewart - Dr. Earl Dopler
Paula Garcés - Francesca
Michael Biehn - Henry Gates
Robin Thomas - Dr. Gibbs
Garikayi Mutambirwa - Meeker
Julia Sweeney - Jenny Gibbs
Lindze Letherman - Kelly Gibbs
Jason George - Richard (as Jason Winston George)
Linda Kim - Jay
Ken Jenkins - NSA Agent Moore
Esperanza Catubig - Ticket Agent
Jennifer Manley - Security Officer
Scott Thomson - Tourist Dad
Deborah Rawlings - Tourist Mom

Taglines: The adventure of a lifetime, in a few mere seconds.


Official Website: Nickelodeon [United States] |

Release Date: 29 March 2002

Filming Locations: Long Beach, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,108,333 (USA) (31 March 2002) (2540 Screens)

Gross: $36,985,501 (USA) (28 July 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

During the movie Franchesca says the line "Make it so Number One". This is an inside joke since Director Jonathan Frakes is best known for his role of William T. Riker in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), to whom the line was given regularly in the series.

Continuity: When Zak and Kelly first get tangled in the phone the phone and cord come up under Kelly's left arm, but in the next shot they come up under her right arm.

Zak Gibbs: I didn't know you knew Karate.
Franceseca: I don't. That was ballet.

User Review

Made for children, but still a fun movie.

Rating: 8/10

I've always been fascinated with the idea of stopping time, so when I saw the trailer, I was really interested in seeing the movie. Anyhow, the movie was actually really cool and had some REALLY cool ideas. I really liked the idea that they weren't actually stopping time, they were just slowing it down REALLY slow.

The main reason I wanted to see the movie was for the special effects and I wasn't let down, the special effects were spectacular and lots of fun.

As far as acting goes, I thought all the actors did a find job. I liked Jesse Bradford, French Stewart, Michael Biehn and last but certainly not least, Paula Garces. I was really impressed with Paula's beauty, she is a quite a beautiful woman and predict a great future for her. I can't wait to see her next project.

As far as story-line goes, I thought it was pretty darn good and rather smart. There were a few things that I could have done without, but I can deal. One part that really struck me as odd was when he (Jess Bradford) was in the bathroom at the hospital and he was trying to get the watch (time-stopper) to work. While he was in the bathroom the bad guys slow down time and come walking into the hospital and suddenly you see Jesse disguised as a cop and then as soon as the baddies walk by Jesse takes off running. I assume he got the watch to work momentarily, but that doesn't really make sense because later in the movie he gives it to French Stewart so he can repair it and get it working again. I just think that one scene could have been explained better and it would have been quite easy to do.

One little movie trivia tid-bit that I noticed in the film was when Francesca and Zak are having fun with the watch and she says "Make it so Number One". That is a reference to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Captain Picard always said that to Commander Riker (aka Number One). This is interesting, because "Clockstoppers" is directed by Jonathan Frakes, who plays Commander Riker in Star Trek.

I hope you enjoyed the movie as much as I did. It's not a superb sci-fi movie, but it's fun and it's got lots of cool things to look at and some fun ideas. Thanks for reading,



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