Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Fugitive

It's really rare for a movie based on television show to dow well. The Fugitive, however, did so. It made over $360 million worldwide and garnered seven Academy Award nominations, winning Best Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones.

Vascular surgeon Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) finds his wife Helen (Sela Ward) fatally wounded in their home by a man with a prosthetic arm, who Kimble tries to stop but escapes. Kimble is charged with Helen's murder and is sentenced to death. But on the way to death row via bus, the other passengers attempted an escape, causing the bus to fall onto the path of an oncoming train. Kimble barely escapes the carnage. He escape sends US Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) on a manhunt for Kimble.

If you take notice to the scene with Kimble escaping the oncoming train, you'll realize it's an eerie resemblance to Indiana Jones escaping the giant boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The movie was good, though it was kinda a typical action movie. Jones was also good, though I'm questioning the Oscar (he beat out Ralph Fiennes and Leonardo DiCaprio, for crying out loud!).

My Rating: ****


  1. Love this one. I saw it in the theaters three times when it first came out, so I contributed to that $360 million!

  2. Keep on doubting his Oscar because it was UNDESERVED. He's the worst of the five. Ugh. I get pissed just thinking about this movie.

  3. One of the best of the TV show adaptation movies. Not only is the film consistent with the theme of the series, but it juices it up with intense action and an involving, well-constructed plot.


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