Employing a nightmarish vision of the year 2009 solely as a backdrop for a banal action yarn [based on Robert Sheckley's novel Immortality Inc.], Freejack has a curious list of talent (Mick Jagger and Anthony Hopkins). The primary plot - about a racecar driver (Emilio Estevez) who's plucked from a fiery death in 1991 to become a host body for the consciousness of a dying rich man - feels as superfluous as it is strained next to the other depressing evils on display.

Employing a nightmarish vision of the year 2009 solely as a backdrop for a banal action yarn [based on Robert Sheckley's novel Immortality Inc.], Freejack has a curious list of talent (Mick Jagger and Anthony Hopkins). The primary plot – about a racecar driver (Emilio Estevez) who’s plucked from a fiery death in 1991 to become a host body for the consciousness of a dying rich man – feels as superfluous as it is strained next to the other depressing evils on display.

Director Geoff Murphy, seen as an up-and-coming talent after his US debut (Young Guns II) and two productions in his native New Zealand (Utu, The Quiet Earth), seems to have been either overwhelmed by the material or bored by it. Effect on the audience is a little of both.

The principal pursuers are equally one-dimensional, with Jagger as a body-snatching bounty hunter, and Jonathan Banks as the smarmy lieutenant of the business tycoon (Hopkins).

The most notable performance is that of Amanda Plummer as an abusive, gun-toting nun, providing a rare comic highlight.

Freejack

Production

Morgan Creek. Director Geoff Murphy; Producer Ronald Shusett, Stuart Oken; Screenplay Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett, Dan Gilroy; Camera Amir Mokri; Editor Dennis Virkler; Music Trevor Jones; Art Director Joe Alves

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Emilio Estevez Mick Jagger Rene Russo Anthony Hopkins Jonathan Banks Amanda Plummer
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