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Don't be scared off by the Sci-Fi premise, it's a good movie,
This review is from: Frequency (DVD)
So what would you do if you could communicate with your father thirty years in the past one day before he is killed? Would you warn him? And if you did, would he believe you? This is the dilemma for John Sullivan, (Jim Caviezel) a thirty-something Queens detective who has spent the last thirty years lamenting the loss of his fire fighting father (played by Dennis Quaid). Through some vaguely explained phenomenon they begin to talk through time over his dad's old ham radio. As they talk, and the reality of his fathers looming demise sets in, John warns his father about event that are about to unfold. Skeptical at first, John's father Frank, quickly becomes a believer. Franks escapes the terrible fire, but the repercussions on the future are shocking and unexpected. I won't tell you what these repercussions are, but I will tell you they are very interesting and thought provoking.
"Frequency" does a good job of exploring the "what if" factor, but also stresses the "No man should know too much about his future." princible. Quaid and Caviezel develop a pretty good chemistry as father and son, and the emotion between them seems real enough. (Though the New York accents seem a little too thick at times) I have two problems with "Frequency"; the first is that it takes a little too long to get going which is a product of such a far-fetched story. It takes a lot of up front information to get the audience up to speed. But having said that, once the story does take off it keeps you interested. The second is just a couple of time line inconsistencies that I had trouble explaining, but then again maybe that's just me. All things considered, I did like and enjoy the movie, and even more the second time I watched it. If you do watch this film I would recommend watching it twice. I think you will be able to enjoy it more once you have a firm grasp on the premise. I don't know that this would be a movie that I would buy, but I'm definitely glad I rented it.