“This is life. Here, now. Take it or leave it. ” – Sydney
Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’88, Cable, video and 1 Nov 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A college professor has less than twenty four hours to figure out who murdered him.
My Take on it – I recall seeing this film in the theater with my family when a few of my siblings came home for Spring Break at the end of March 1988 when I was 14.
I have always been a fan of Dennis Quaid and have always thought of this film quite fondly because of his performance here and because of his onscreen chemistry with his wife Meg Ryan.
Their chemistry is nearly perfect here but still isn’t as great as the chemistry they have in Innerspace (1987).
The plot involves a very interesting mystery that is planned out extremely well by the writers.
Loved the complex ways each of the characters are connected to one another and this helps raise the level of suspense because it keeps you guessing throughout as to the identity of the murderer.
The fact that I recalled the ending slightly took away from all the fun, but it still was extremely enjoyable getting there because of all the twists and turns along the way.
Enjoyed the way they made strong connections because success in writing adds to success in life and they definitely make a good case for there being some truth to that statement.
Well, maybe. 🙂
Bottom Line – Very enjoyable mystery because of the way it is all planned out. Loved the complicated connections between the various characters that keeps you guessing what is really happening. Quaid and Ryan have great chemistry together but Innerspace (1987) showed them with even more. Remembering the ending slightly takes away from all the fun, but still enjoyable getting there. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Throughout the story, the color in the film begins to drain to monochrome, thus representing the central character’s deteriorating health as the poison steadily takes its toll (until it is in black-and-white, as in the opening – presumably showing the flashback catching up to the current time-line of the story). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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