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REVIEW SUMMARY: Very interesting time travel movie that moved in a direction I hadn’t expected.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: 30 years after his fathers death, a man discovers his fathers old HAM radio is allowing him to talk to his father in the past. When he warns his farther to avoid death it doesn’t go exactly as they had hoped.


PROS: Overall well executed time travel story, great twists and turns

CONS: Ending wasn’t totally satisfying

BOTTOM LINE: Worth spending a couple of hours with. Fans of time travel as a plot device should see it.

I stumbled on this movie somewhat by accident while looking through movies available on demand through Netflix. It was recommended to me by the software and so I gave it a try while sitting home ill.

October 1969: a rare solar flare creates a spectacular aurora over Quincy, NY where Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) and his family lives. Frank is a firefighter who is willing to take big risks to save the lives of others. But Frank’s risk-taking catches up with him and he’s killed trying to rescue a homeless woman from a burning warehouse leaving behind his wife and 6-year old son, John.

October 1999: another solar flare is once again lighting up the night skies of New York. John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) is a police detective investigating a 30-year old murder. After a neighbor kid finds it in the closet, he gets out his dad’s old HAM radio and finds himself talking to a man in his home town. After a little discussion, it turns out he’s talking to his father in the past! At first neither believe it, but eventually they come to realize it is true. John can’t help but tell his father about his death and as you might expect, Frank manages to avoid it. But that sets of a series of chain reactions, further cross-time warnings, and further complications – including a thriller-like element that involves that old murder case.

The acting in the film is solid with Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel doing a fine job, especially in the split-camera scenes speaking between the time barrier. The special effects are reasonable with changes in space-time being visibly represented in a reasonable way. There are some plot holes and the movie was a little sappy in places, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying it. Instead, I really enjoyed the movies exploration of the consequences of meddling with the past. It felt like a good short story in that way. I can honestly recommend it to sci-fi fans – I think you’ll find it worth watching.

5 Comments on MOVIE REVIEW: Frequency

  1. I loved this movie more than I would have had I not lived with a father who was a life-long Ham.  It was so close to my actual life, I over-looked any blemishes and just enjoyed it for what it was.  I reccommend it.

  2. I liked the movie and how it depicted all of the changes to the timeline…except at the end when the logic went completely out the window. I don’t want to be too specific for spoiling purposes, but the rules seem to have gone out the window in the final climatic battle.


    Otherwise, I found, for example, using Brian Greene (who helped with the science) as a cameo character in both time frames to be an interesting device.


    I also suspect that this movie’s interest might increase if a viewer has a memory or a fondness of the 69 Mets.

  3. Larry Kramer // January 27, 2009 at 11:02 pm //

    Frequency is one of my favorite movies for two reasons.

    First is that as a true SF movie the SF angle (time travel) is integral to the plot and pretty well done along with characters that make me care about them as people.

    Second on a more personal note is that the movie resonates for me as someone who has lost a father I was very close to, something I am sure is true of many others who like the movie.

  4. there was nothing about this movie I didn’t like……get very emotional everytime I see it.

  5. I too got very emotional watching this movie. Who wouldn’t want a chance to change things for the better in the past? I thought the movie was very well done. I had similar fellings watching Field of Dreams.

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