|FREEJACK (director: Geoff Murphy; screenwriters: Steven Pressfield/Ronald Shusett/Dan Gilroy/ based on the novel "Immortality Inc." by Robert Sheckley; cinematographer: Amir Mokri; editor: Dennis Virkler; music: Trevor Jones; cast: Emilio Estevez (Alex Furlong), Mick Jagger (Vacendak), Rene Russo (Julie Redlund), Anthony Hopkins (McCandless), Jonathan Banks (Michelette), Amanda Plummer (Nun), Jerry Hall (Reporter)David Johansen (Brad); Runtime: 105; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Ronald Shusett/Stuart Oken; Warner Bros. (Morgan Creek); 1992)|
|"A predictable cliche-ridden
futuristic sci-fi thriller,
lacking smarts and wit."
by Dennis Schwartz
predictable cliche-ridden futuristic sci-fi
thriller, lacking smarts and wit, as directed by New
Zealander Geoff Murphy ("Young
Guns II"/"Utu"/"The Quiet Earth") in a sluggish
pedestrian way. It pales considerably when compared to
the 1959 novel it's based on, Robert Sheckley's "Immortality
Inc.". Writers Steven
Pressfield, Ronald Shusett and Dan Gilroy
turn it into primarily an uninvolving chase film.
fantasy is set in 2009. It's a time when the rich can
achieve immortality by stealing bodies from the past
to replace their own defective bodies. When the
daring race car driver Emilio Estevez is saved from
death after an auto accident, his brain is abducted by
bounty hunter Mick Jagger before the car goes up in
flames and is sent to NYC for sale to the dead tycoon
Anthony Hopkins, appearing through a video hologram
and spiritually kept alive at a high-tech facility.
Jagger loses his prize captive when he miraculously
during the mind transfer regains consciousness and
goes on the run as a "freejack. " Thereby Mick, some
18 years later, thanks to time-travel, still pursues
Emilio. The fallen race car driver now seeks help from
Renee Russo, his former girlfriend in 1991, and must
unfulfilling ending comes with computer animation and
all the nonstop action turns out to be nothing more
than mindless entertainment.
only honest laughable moment has Amanda
Plummer as a gun-toting nun. The other laughs
are unintentional and are the result of the stiff
acting and absurd story.
REVIEWED ON 9/1/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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