The Fugitive is one of my all time favorite films. Filled with action, suspense, mystery, story, good acting, and drama, it is one of the most well done movies of the decade.
Harrison Ford is the title character, Dr. Richard Kimble, a man accused of murdering his wife and sentenced to execution. He escapes before that, of course, and heads back to Chicago to discover the identity of the murderer. This movie is based very loosely on a real-life incident, but that guy died in jail twenty years before DNA tests showed that he was not the killer. There's also a television show, and actually there's a new television show premiering Fall 2000. Basically, it doesn't matter whether the movie's based on real life or not because it has such a good story and such great elements. Ford does the job perfectly, serving as both an ordinary guy trapped on the other side of the law and as an action hero at the same time.
Tommy Lee Jones takes up the role of the US Marshal determined to catch him, and if I remember right, he won or was nominated for an Oscar for this movie. There are many memorable quotes that come out of his mouth.
Another element that helps The Fugitive is the soundtrack. The music is powerful yet isn't commanding like in some of the more fast-paced action movies, and works well for the movie.
The whole movie is well done. The train crash in the beginning is amazing and the climax is great. I liked how a conspiracy was incorporated into the story without taking away the murder element, and is done much better than the quasi-sequel U.S. Marshals.
Reviews are much longer when there's something bad to say about them, but since there isn't anything bad to say about The Fugitive, I'll leave it at this. If you haven't seen this movie, see it. It is a film for all audiences.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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