On the surface, Frequency might look like a dad and son relationship movie. In some ways it is. But it is also a science-fiction thriller that succeeds in creating what every thriller needs: suspense.
Dennis Quaid is Frank Sullivan, a firefighter who died in 1969. "Meanwhile," in 1999, John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) is still grieving over his father's dead. When he gets out his father's old ham radio, however, he discovers an amazing thing; he can talk to his dad in the past. Of course, he tells his dad about the fire, and, of course, like in all time movies, that messes up everything in the future. Suddenly, Jim realizes that his mother died thirty years ago, but at the hands of a serial killer. Working together, father and son must figure out who the killer is and stop him before its to late, John by using modern investigating devices and Frank trying to stop the murders before they occur.
The hardest part about any time movie is making every change in the past change the future. Frequency manages to seamlessly blend all the minor plot twists together so that they work out together in both timelines. It probably helps to know a little about the story before watching because you will notice more little things that are essential to the plot. However, Frequency relies on sort of coincidental timelines, and by what I mean by that is there might be an extreme change in a person but they will still end up in the same spot. In one scene, something Frank does in the past changes the future immensely, and John sees it before his eyes, but his friends are still there afterwards, talking about essentially the same thing. Still, in terms of plot, Frequency works.
The acting is decent enough although the Queens accents get annoying at a time. The script does lend some scenes to where the actors can put on their sad faces ("I love you, dad." "I love you, son."). It is sort of corny to see these two grown men crying on different ends of a radio, but it is only a couple of minutes out of the movie.
Frequency is a great movie. Whether firefighting or taking on a serial killer, it manages to create a great deal of suspense. The ending is very entertaining. Furthermore, starting about halfway through the film, Frequency has already made a fan base that can laugh at the intentionally funny parts that might be deemed as just stupid in other, less well-done films. Tune in to Frequency and you won't be disappointed.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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