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Time travel twist
by Asa Butcher
Issue 13
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Gregory Hoblit
"You went down thirty years ago, pal. You just don't know it yet," declares an emotional Jim Caviezel midway through the film and I found myself swallowing the lump in my throat. Frequency is a different type of time travel film that has the two main characters communicating across time via a HAM radio set, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a far-cry from Doc Brown's DeLorean or Bill and Ted's phone booth.

Frequency was a film that came free with my DVD player and it took quite some time before my wife and I sat down and watched it - the fools we were! Time travel is one of my favourite movie genres and this film is now in my Top 5 thanks to an enthralling plotline and two great performances by Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.

Due to a rare intensity of the aurora borealis, Frank Sullivan, a New York City fireman (Quaid), is able to chat to his son John (Caviezel) thirty years in the future via a short-wave radio. John warns his father of the fire in which he died the next day, but history tragically changes after saving his father's life. Across three decades they must work together to stop the murder of his mother and several other women.

Initially I was dubious about the believability behind the film, but the director subtlety brings realism to events through both the actors' reactions and background news broadcasts discussing the atmospheric phenomenon. Both John and Frank disbelieve what is going on, which reassures the viewer that the characters are normal people and the tension of the forewarned fire is tripled.

The scenes between John and Frank are emotionally charged, especially their first proper conversation chatting about life and baseball. Dennis Quaid is a great actor whom is often forgotten for his roles in the 80s, but you can see why he is still getting roles. He dominates the screen from the very first scene, which involves a dramatic tanker crash and rescue, to the exciting finale. Jim Caviezel also does an outstanding job as the emotionally scarred son, who has tried to carry on with his life as a New York homicide detective.

The film is fast-paced, the plot twists and turns, and some of the best moments come while events from the past begin to alter the present. I loved the scene when Quaid burns a message into the desk in 1969 and it magically appears in 1999, plus many others that I won't spoil for you here.

Frequency is the perfect thriller for both guys and girls, and is definitely one for those who love the time travel genre and the work of Dennis Quaid. Check it out…

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