HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Boss Level
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To
Edge of the World
PTU
Superdeep
Insignificance
Treasure City
Piccadilly
Parallel
Invasión
Shiva Baby
Flowers of Shanghai
War and Peace
Agony
Merrily We Go to Hell
Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
Amusement Park, The
Lemebel
Hands of Orlac, The
Cats
Death has Blue Eyes
Caveat
Kala Azar
Duplicate
Flashback
Gunda
After Love
Earwig and the Witch
Zebra Girl
Skull: The Mask
Vanquish
Bank Job
Drunk Bus
Homewrecker
State Funeral
Army of the Dead
Initiation
Redoubt
Dinner in America
Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes
   
 
Newest Articles
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
   
 
  Fugitive, The Evasive Action
Year: 1993
Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbé, Daniel Roebuck, L. Scott Caldwell, Tom Wood, Ron Dean, Joseph F. Kosala, Andy Romano, Ken Moreno, Nick Searcy, Jane Lynch, Neil Flynn
Genre: Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: Dr Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) has been arrested for murder, but he insists he is innocent. According to him, he returned home one evening to see a man fleeing the scene, he grappled with him and discovered he had a prosthetic arm, but the intruder got away. Then Kimble went into the bedroom and saw his wife (Sela Ward) lying, dying on the floor, having made one last phone call that to many ears appears to have incriminated her husband. The trial does not go well for the doctor, he is convicted, and taken to be executed - but he really didn't do it...

The Fugitive was one of that strain of movies to arise in the nineties that didn't remake an old film but updated a television series, in this case one of the most popular of the sixties, the finale of which attracted huge viewing figures once it drew to its inevitable conclusion. Telling one story over the course of many seasons is hard enough to encapsulate in one two hour effort, but the original practically told one different story every week, being episodic in nature, something director Andrew Davis and his team of writers opted to jettison in favour of a pared down thriller that stuck fairly close to the necessary plot points of before.

For this, it meant one of the biggest hits of the year, second only to Jurassic Park, but over time it hasn't exactly fallen into obscurity, yet has seen its cachet fall as there are few who judge it to be one of the all-time classics of its decade, and it's mainly relegated to decent popcorn movie, or something to watch before bed if it's ever on TV. At the time, audiences and critics alike were falling over themselves to praise both Ford and the star who played his pursuer Gerard, Tommy Lee Jones, the role actually garnering the latter an Oscar for his troubles. If it doesn't look like an award worthy performance now, it could be because Jones has offered better work before and since.

Or maybe we're more used to him now, and the fact that he applied rarely seen humour to his gruff stylings that nevertheless ensured he remained as much of a hard case as ever was what made us warm to him so much back in 1993. Everything about The Fugitive is professional, as Ford matches his screen adversary by adopting his typically harrassed demeanour, not laying on the grief too thick but convincingly inhabiting the character of a man for whom dogged determination is going to allow him to succeed. For even more than a chase movie this was a detective yarn, which is where things fell apart to some extent as the mystery was slackly handled and only bolstered by the action.

Those action scenes were the highlights as far as the plot went, from the train and bus crash that frees Kimble in a freak incident, to the occasions when he and Gerard cross paths, an electrifying clash of personalities where the Lieutenant admits to his quarry that he doesn't care whether he's innocent or not, he's going to catch him anyway. Although there was a measure of deliberate confusion over the actual guilt of Kimble in the early stages, there was surely nobody in the audience expecting Ford to throw up his hands halfway through and say "You got me, I admit it!", thereafter spending the rest of the movie evading justice. This was mainly to do with the script being written as the shooting was taking place, but all credit to everyone, it may not be the tightest of storylines but it did hang together, and few would come out of this thinking they hadn't been entertained to some degree. Of its kind, The Fugitive was fairly respectable. Music by James Newton Howard.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2769 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 probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: