Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbé, Tom Wood
Directed By: Andrew Davis
Written By: Jeb Stuart, David Twohy
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 10 min
Dr Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and is sentenced to death. On his way to jail, a fortuitous accident allows him to escape from the police, and begin an investigation into his wife’s murder. While also trying to keep one step ahead of a committed team of US Marshals led by Samuel Gerard, played to Oscar-winning perfection by Tommy Lee Jones.
The Fugitive arrived in theaters as part of a new trend in Hollywood to create movies based on popular television shows. And why not? A great story premise no matter where it comes from, is probably going to work on the big screen if given to the right people.
Set during a brisk Chicago winter, the ‘Windy City’ makes for a great backdrop to this tightly written thriller. Each and every second of this production is either developing great characters, or moving the plot forward. Andrew Davis’s direction is unfussy and mostly, just the facts ma’am, but he also allows for the occasional theatrics which stops The Fugitive from ever feeling slow or boring. Making great use of James Newton Howard’s excellent score to build character, or to add an extra punch to the action.
The best thing about The Fugitive however, is Harrison Ford. Absolutely convincing as the intelligent and resourceful Dr. Kimble, yet also brings a great vulnerability to the part, as his character mourns the loss of his wife, and runs from the police. Dr Kimble is a man you want to root for. Ford’s earnest performance of a wrongly convicted man trying to clear his name, should have even the most cynical moviegoers sweating his troubles, and celebrating his victories!
There’s not much else I can add that would prepare you for this film. It’s a very solidly made well written thriller, and has two memorable performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford.
This is film looks great, and would be well serviced on a theater screen or large TV at home.
If you ever foolishly doubt the acting talents of Harrison Ford, and think he’s only good for bit of swashbuckling fun as Indiana Jones or Han Solo, then watch the scene in this movie where he’s being questioned by the police. Watch him slowly get more and more upset as their questions start to insinuate his guilt in the murder of his character’s wife, and then tell me he can’t act.