Clockstoppers (2002)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  29 March 2002 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zak Gibbs
Dr. Earl Dopler
Dr. Gibbs
Jenny Gibbs
Kelly Gibbs
Richard (as Jason Winston George)
NSA Agent Moore
Ticket Agent
Security Officer
Scott Thomson ...
Tourist Dad
Deborah Rawlings ...
Tourist Mom


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. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The adventure of a lifetime, in a few mere seconds. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ajanpysäyttäjät  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,108,333 (USA) (29 March 2002)


£342,424 (UK) (18 October 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot was inspired by H.G. Wells' 1901 story "The New Accelerator", about a scientist who develops a drug enabling him to move so fast that no-one can see him. From his viewpoint, everyone else seems frozen in time. See more »


Dr. Gibbs uses a McLaren F1 model to visualize the relativity theory, but calls it a Ferrari. See more »


Zak Gibbs: I didn't know you knew Karate.
Franceseca: I don't. That was ballet.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


Space To Share
by Marty James Garton (as Marty James Garton Jr.) & Eric Dodd
Performed by Scapegoat Wax
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Although Being a Screenplay Full of Flaws, It Entertains
11 November 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Zak Gibbs (Jesse Bradford) is a teenager, son of Dr. Gibbs (Robin Thomas), a brilliant scientist. He wants to buy a car, but the attention of his father is to his own research work. Zak likes Francesca (Paula Graces), a new student from Venezuela. One day, Zak finds by accident a watch developed by Earl Dopler (French Stewart), a former student of Dr. Gibbs, with capability of accelerating time. Henry Gates (Michael Biehn), the villain of the story, stole this research and wants to make lots of money with this device. Zak and Francesca will face lots of adventures due to this finding. The screenplay of this film has lots of flaw, but anyway it entertains. There are lots of inconsistency in the story, but if the viewer do not pay attention to these details, may have some fun. The special effects are very reasonable. Teenagers are certainly the public-target of this movie. My vote is six.

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