Number of Times Seen – Numerous times (Theater, DVD, 5 Aug 2013)
Brief Synopsis – An air force test pilot in 1939 volunteers for a research project to be frozen and thawed out and ends up in the 1990’s.
My Take on it – I had remembered seeing this movie numerous times in the 90’s, but when re-watching it, I was somewhat disappointed. I recalled it being much better.
This came out at a time when Mel Gibson was still very popular and a few years prior to his epic Braveheart (1995).
The concept is good, but things are way too jumpy and certain facts are not explained properly and they expect the viewer to fill in the blanks when it would have been simpler to actually explain those holes in a few short lines of dialogue.
This movie was written by JJ Abrams (before he became so popular) and knowing his future scripts, it is definitely possible to see what he was trying to achieve here, albeit unsuccessfully.
It was great seeing a very young Elijah Wood as a boy who tries to help the lost in time Daniel.
It seems as if there is a veiled reference to the Green Lantern when it is mentioned that Gibson is a superhero who use to be a test pilot. I wonder if that was done on purpose. 🙂
Bottom Line – Mediocre movie. Liked it more when I saw it in the 90’s.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy