HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Gentlemen Broncos
To the Stars
Lady Godiva Rides Again
Angelfish
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A
This is a Hijack
Loved One, The
Jumanji: The Next Level
Krabi 2562
Call of the Wild, The
Diary of a Country Priest
Sea Fever
Throw Down
Grudge, The
Green Man, The
Specialists, The
Convoy
Romantic Comedy
Going Ape!
Rabid
Infinite Football
Little Women
Camino Skies
Ema
Another Shore
Cry Havoc
Legend of the Stardust Brothers, The
Mystery Team
Westward the Women
Demonwarp
Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The
Chloe
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Murder Inferno
Extraction
Overlanders, The
Can You Keep a Secret?
Women in Revolt
   
 
Newest Articles
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
   
 
  Freejack Like A Rolling Stone
Year: 1992
Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Banks, David Johansen, Amanda Plummer, Grand L. Bush, Frankie Faison, John Shea, Esai Morales, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Jerry Hall, Mike Starr
Genre: Action, Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Back in 1992, racing driver Alex Furlong (Emilio Estevez) is preparing for the big day of motorsport, having been woken up by his girlfriend Julie Redland (Rene Russo) who accompanies him to the track. But seventeen years later there is a lot of preparation happening as well, with so-called bonejacker Victor Vacendak (Mick Jagger) setting up the equipment that will bring Alex into the future. As the driver commences the race, he has no idea that in a matter of minutes he will be thrown forward in time, with everyone in 1992 thinking he is dead...

Freejack was a flop sci-fi effort based on a Robert Sheckley novel, tailor made for the talents of Estevez, and the more attention grabbing Jagger. It was his first dramatic role since Ned Kelly over twenty years before, and while that was a notorious bomb, er, so was this, not doing the Mr Rear of the Year 1965 any favours in furthering his acting career. The reasons he had for playing a baddie in a sub-Total Recall action potboiler are unclear, but he certainly brightened up what was a pretty dull affair, even when the characters were rushing around and either trying to kill each other or avoid those trying to kill them.

Many noted how unavoidably camp Jagger came across as his Vacendak fired off the de rigueur quips and mean-minded observations, and even got to make with the gunwielding for those all-important shoot 'em up sequences. Not to mention the car chases, one of which he conducts while in light conversation with Estevez over what looks like a webcam as explosions are set off all around. Oh yeah, and this was 1992's idea of what 2009 looked like, and in a striking departure from the norm they depicted it as a dystopian hellhole, overrun by corporations who care little for the majority of impoverished citizens which populate the world.

Well, not so much a departure as a depiction of the future exactly the same as every single one concocted after about 1969, all of them, ever, with no exceptions. So already there was a seen it all before appearance to Freejack, including the threadbare, slapdash plot which was warmed over Alfred Hitchcock leftovers with the usual innocent man on the run escaping the authorities with seconds to spare. Alex was that man, plucked from the wreckage of his car just before it exploded and winding up all that time later to be part of a body farming project where his corporeal form is tagged to have someone else's mind downloaded into it.

That someone is a rich businessman, but we're not supposed to be one hundred percent sure who it is until the finale. Which begs the question, what was Anthony Hopkins doing in this, seen only on a screen and essaying the role of rich businessman McCandless, who is seeking his McCand - no, not really, he's up to something but as his underling Julie trusts him, he couldn't be a baddie, could he? Setting that to one side, you were left with a lifeless adventure which only sprang into action when there was an instance of the deeply naff, such as Amanda Plummer's would-be shocking, actually groan-inducing nun who swears, totes a shotgun and kicks men in the bollocks. But as Estevez slipped into blandness in a thankless part, Jagger was the man to watch, making you wish they'd gone the whole hog and created a comedy instead - at least he was having fun. Music by Trevor Jones.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1895 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Hannah Prosser
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Rachel Franke
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: