Number of Times Seen – at least Twice (Cable in the 90’s and 17 Feb 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Following a freak racing accident that would have caused his death, a race car driver is transported into the future in order to lend his body to a dying person.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out on cable in the 90’s and didn’t recall much about things besides the racing car accident at the very beginning.
The premise as presented here is actually quite innovative and unique and has so much more potential than is truly realized in this film.
The special effects are poorly done and that actually takes so much away from the enjoyment of this film because it’s too easy to see the faults and seams of things than one should be able to.
Rene Russo does a fine job in a strong supporting role and she outdoes two f the films leads Emilio Estevez and MIck Jagger who are both wasted here because they never feel as if they are able to truly play their characters in a very believable way.
Anthony Hopkins is amazing here (as always), but his role is too small and feels more like an extended cameo than something more.
The story itself moves in some very interesting ways but the various plot holes in the story hurt things too much and take away some parts that would seem to be more poignant if done properly.
I’m not a fan of remakes or reboots, but I would be quite interested in seeing how a modern writer would be able to create a more enjoyable version of this story while utilizing u to date effects and technologies that could make this feel much more realistic and plausible.
Bottom Line – Very intriguing premise that has so much more potential than is realized here. The special effects are fine, but it’s easy to spot flaws in things along the way. Russo is great here in a supporting role, but both Estevez and Jagger feel out of their league in this story line. Hopkins is always superb but his character isn’t given enough to do and he feels more like an extended cameo than anything else. The story progresses in an interesting way yet the various plot holes make things far less impactful than they truly could be. It would be quite interesting to see how a writer would be able to adapt this story line using more modern technological ideas that could potentially make this kind of story even more enjoyable to watch.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to reports at the time of the production and interviews with some members of cast and crew, the test screening was disastrous. Producer Ronald Shusett was brought in to re-shoot almost half of the movie, and add more character scenes and humor. Emilio Estevez said that Director Geoff Murphy let them down by focusing too much on action. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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