Frequency ★★★★

Gregory Hoblit has been one of those directors that over the years has made some really enjoyable movies. Honing his craft on television shows that were a staple of my teenage years, Hill Street Blues especially, Hoblit then helped the likes of Edward Norton by giving him his first starring role in Primal Fear, a very underrated thriller that saw Norton handed an Oscar Nomination in his debut film. He makes intelligent films, and Frequency is one of those, a little bit different and with a touch of magic about it.
Dennis Quaid plays Frank Sullivan,a firefighter in late 1960's NYC with a wife and a young son. A hero in the department, he's fearless in his work and loves his family. In present day New York (1999), John's son is a NYPD Detective who's about to experience something unbelievable, by talking to his father on a ham radio set. Not so special? John's father has been dead for 10 years, and in the conversations between them it becomes apparent that Frank is talking to his son from 1969 during the World Series between The Mets and The Orioles. Over the space of several conversations, details are revealed which change the course of history for their family. It's a mystery that echoes events in the film The Butterfly Effect, with every little bit of detail changing the future, mostly for the worse. It's cleverly done, with more than a few surprises which put both of them in harms way. Both Quaid and Caviezel are well supported by the likes of Elizabeth Mitchell and Noah Emmerich, and as something just that little bit different, this is an accomplished piece of cinema.