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Free Jack

Free Jack
Starring:
Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins


Rated: R For violence.
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: January 17, 1992 Released by: Warner Brothers

Race car driver Alex Furlong (Emilio Estevez) is killed in 1991 in a racing accident. His body is transformed to the future, to the year 2009, where he's brought back to life. But, just before he's given a lobotomy, he escapes, becoming a freejack.

The future of the U.S. is bleak. The ozone layer is destroyed and pollution, disease and violence in prevalent. The middle class has disappeared, leaving only rich and the very poor, and the poor and drug-ridden and sickly.

Mick Jagger plays a bounty hunter for a rich business tycoon who's died, but has 36 hours to have his mind transferred into a new body. The tycoon wants Furlong's healthy body and the $10 million bounty he puts on his head makes him an attractive catch.

Rene Russo playsAlex's onetime girlfriend, who works for one of the wealthiest men in New York, "Mac" McCandless (Anthony Hopkins, who's total screen time is about four minutes).

You know a movie's in trouble when the audience laughs at inappropriate times -- which happens a lot during this film -- the dialogue is ludicrous.

Obviously a lot of money was spent here. The cars alone, a cross between an armored tanks and sleek futuristic prototypes, which are wantonly smashed, puts a big bite into a budget. However, a lot of money and good-looking sets, without a decent script to go along with it, is a waste.

Jagger is the only actor who comes away unscathed. He seems to be having a good time running around shooting at people -- his rubbery face set in a permanent grimace.

Everything about this movie is confusing; Estevez's stiff acting, why an actor of Hopkins' statue would show up in this mess, and most confusing of all, is why I stayed and watched it to the bitter end.

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