"Clockstoppers" Cinema Synopsis:
Clockstoppers, a teen sci-fi adventure, updates an idea that the prolific and inventive H G Wells used in a short story he wrote over one hundred years ago. It was called The New Accelerator and it was about a drug that allowed its inventor to move at lightning speed while all else around him seemed to slow down to a near-frozen state.
In this movie, the effect is achieved through a watch-like device that speeds up the users molecules so that he can move in hyper-time. Its the invention of Dr Earl Dopler (French Stewart) who has been kidnapped by Henry Gates (Michael Biehn), a guy who is obviously up to no good and who has given Dopler an ultimatum to find a way to stop the aging process that occurs while in hyper-time. Dopler, in the meantime, has sent one of the watches to his former teacher and mentor, George Gibbs, whose son, Zak (Jesse Bradford) finds it. Trying to impress new girl in town, Francesca (Paula Garces), Zak quickly wins her attention when he finds out what his new watch can do.
Zak, his best friend, Danny (Garikayi Mutambirwa) and Francesca make the most of their fantastic discovery by having some fast fun around town where everything else moves at less than a snails pace. While they pull off a few pranks on deserving victims, the movie comes up with some very clever special effects.
But its not all fun and games and when Gates and his men turn up at Zaks place searching for the watch, things turn serious. Zak finds out whats going on when he runs into Dopler who has escaped from Gates. He also discovers that Gates has now taken his father prisoner and Zak, Francesca and a reluctant Dopler set out to save him.
The movies director is Jonathan Frakes, best known as Commander Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and director of two of the series feature movies. He cant resist a plug for the much-loved series with a couple of lines of dialogue spoken by Francesca.