Flashback (1990)

“It takes more than going down to your local video store and renting Easy Rider to become a rebel” – Huey Walker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A young FBI agent is tasked with taking a wanted fugitive from San Francisco to Washington State in order to pay for crimes from 20 years earlier.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out, yet the premise was never one that really attracted me to watching it.

Both Keifer Sutherland and Dennis Hopper are great actors and the chemistry that they create between these two very different characters is what helps make things work better than one would assume.

This kind of cross state trek between an officer of the law and a criminal has been done numerous times before (and after) and this may not be the most innovate of the lot.

They do try and give us some unique aspects to this kind of story but they are uneven and end up being hit or miss.

The film has a side plot dealing with a local sheriff and that actually gets far too much out of hand and gradually takes away from the plausibility of things as presented.

The supporting cast of the film help keep things moving at a great pace even if the story on a whole is far too predictable in the way things pay out.

Bottom Line – Fun film that works due to the chemistry between Sutherland and Hopper which is unexpected. The story itself has been done in the past and they try to add some unique aspects to things that are hit or miss along the way.  The side plot dealing with the local sheriff gets a bit too much out of hand and that also takes away from part of the plausibility of it all.  The supporting cast also help things move along despite things being far too predictable the whole way through.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Scheduled for a fall 1989 release, but was bumped to February 1990 to accommodate Paramount’s heavy fall slate that year. Because of this, the music video for “Free,” Big Audio Dynamite’s theme song for the film, aired over a month before the film’s theatrical release. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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