Six Degrees of Action: Hot Tub Time Machine/Timecop
The sequel to one of the surprise hits of 2010, Hot Tub Time Machine, will hit theaters this Friday.
There’s no doubt that Hot Tub Time Machine had one of the more unique methods of time travel, but time travel movies are nothing new in Hollywood. One of my all-time favorite time travel movies would be the Jean-Claude Van Damme classic, Timecop.
Which got me to thinking… How do you make the jump from Hot Tub Time Machine to Timecop? Through Six Degrees of Action of course…
Hot Tub Time Machine stars John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddy as three friends who thanks to a malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort travel back to 1986.
1. Con Air – John Cusack plays a U.S. Marshall Vince Larkin in Con Air. Larkin teams up with highly decorated Army Ranger, Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) to take down a gang of criminals including Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom, who is played by John Malkovich.
2. In The Line of Fire – Four years earlier, Malkovich played Mitch Leary, a man looking to assassinate the President of the United States. He also plays some serious mind games with Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood). One of Horrigan’s fellow agents (and love interest) is Lilly Raines. Raines was played by Rene Russo.
3. Lethal Weapon 4 – Russo also played the love interest to Mel Gibson’s character, Martin Riggs, in Lethal Weapon 4. Lethal Weapon 4 also introduced martial arts sensation Jet Li to the ever growing Lethal Weapon family.
4. Cradle 2 the Grave – In Cradle 2 the Grave, Jet Li’s character, Su, forms an unlikely alliance with DMX’s character, Anthony Fait. Mark Dacascos is another one of the stars of Cradle 2 the Grave.
5. Only the Strong – Dacascos’ first major starring role was in the 1993 film, Only The Strong. The movie that exposed a whole generation of action movie fans to the Brazillian martial art known as Capoeira also starred character actor, Geoffrey Lewis.
6. Double Impact – Geoffrey Lewis played Frank Avery, the adoptive father of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s character Chad Wagner, in the movie Double Impact. And everyone knows that JCVD was the star of…
Timecop! Jean-Claude Van Damme plays an agent of the T.E.C. (Time Enforcement Commission) and from the previews of Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the T.E.C. would have a field day with the cast of that film, who are definitely abusing their time travel capabilities.