Hidden gems

by Spencer Doar


“Freejack” is everything a person could want from a time-waster: fast-paced, random, and, above all, irrelevant.  Starring Emilio Estevez as a racecar driver who dies during a race, “Freejack” explores the possibility of a dying person being teleported to the future to be used solely as a body for a dying person. 

Fairly bland and predictable as a story idea, the 1992 box-office failure utilizes Alex Furlong’s (Emilio Estevez) love for his present/future lover, Julie Redlund (Rene Russo), as a catalyst for conflict between the past and the present.   Their acting is sufficient in the sense that it is enough to carry the movie's action packed plot to its conclusion. 

The true redemption for the film comes from Mick Jagger’s stellar performance as Vacendak, the bounty hunter charged with bringing Estevez to his current/future owner (Anthony Hopkins).  Watching Jagger’s stoic awesomeness as the predator in “Freejack” is a joy for anybody, regardless of their knowledge of his musical career.

A plethora of character actors fill out the cast, which merely adds to this “B” movie’s desire to be a full-fledged "B+" movie.  There is a valid case to be made.