Freejack ★★★½

Quickie Review 
In this science fiction action-thriller produced and co-written by Alien & Total Recall scribe Ronald Shusett, stock car racer Alex Furlong (Emilio Estevez) is seemingly killed in a major crash but just before the car crashes and explodes, he's flung into the future year of...2009. His healthy body has been chosen to be sold to Ian McCandless (Anthony Hopkins), the ailing head of a major corporation, but he escapes and chased around in a nightmarish dystopia where he has no rights and he's got a million dollar price on his head. Now, Alex must elude capture by determined headhunter Vasendak (Mick Jagger) and must convince his fiancé Jules (Rene Russo) that he's alive and in danger. This came out at a time when there was a lot of ideas for science fiction that worked and didn't work as films and TV. Did this idea work? Well, almost. The concept of Freejack actually starts out pretty solid (especially when you consider that it's based on the little-known short story "Immortality, Inc.") and it has good, fast-paced moments of action but then something happens. It starts to turn up to 9.5 on the what-the-fuck-a-meter with a few of its visuals and at the same time, suffers a identity crisis. Since this comes off the heels of Total Recall, the film tends to veer off into that territory and because of that, its originality comes into question. Does this make Freejack a bad movie? No. Does it make it an unnecessary copycat of a classic sci-fi movie? Of course it does. That doesn't necessarily make it less than enjoyable. Now that the rights to this and other Morgan Creek titles are now in the hands of Sony and makes availability a lot more easier, give it a watch and be just a little entertained.

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