Paramount and Nickelodeon Movies team up for this action-packed, science-fiction adventure for youngsters, revolving around a wrist watch which can speed up the molecules in a person so that everything around them appears to be standing still. This amazing watch accidentally falls into the hands of teenager Zak Gibbs (Jesse Bradford). Zak, along with his new girlfriend Francesca (Paula Garces), is having lots of fun playing pranks on friends using the watch’s new power called “hypertime.” But the fun ends when ruthless, power hungry Henry Gates (Michael Biehn) and his cohorts come after Zak and the watch. The adventure moves along at a maddening pace with frequent loud music, but teenage audiences seem to thrive on this mayhem.
“Clockstoppers” is a fairly decent film with virtually no foul language. However, one of Zak’s friends makes some unnecessary suggestive remarks about nude girls and having sex. Refreshingly, partly due to the young target audience, Zak and Francesca do not become involved sexually. Although his father spends a lot of time with his work, Zak’s parents are portrayed as loving and concerned about their son. And Zak risks his life to save his kidnapped dad. The action includes some intense car chases and crashes, fighting, kicking and property destruction, but the violence is not excessively graphic. Still, the suggestive comments and intense action make it objectionable viewing for pre-teens, and somewhat questionable for teens.