Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Fugitive

Movie Name: The Fugitive
Year of Release: 1993
Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pantoliano, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Jeroen Krabbe, Daniel Roebuck, Andreas Katsulas, L. Scott Caldwell, Tom Wood, Ron Dean, David Darlow, Nick Searcy
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Director Andrew Davis started his career as a cinematographer, transitioning in the 80s to the directorial chair. By the time he directed "The Fugitive" in 1993, he had already had some success with "The Package" and "Under Siege". "The Fugitive" is an adaptation of the successful TV show from the 60s, which follows the story of Dr. Richard Kimble (the show was created by Roy Huggins). Kimble is a successful and renowned surgeon, who gets framed for the death of his wife, though he battled the actual killer the night of that deadly and lethal attack. While on transit to go to prison, he's involved in a huge traffic accident, which allows him to escape and follow the lead of his wife's killer. Hot on his trail is U.S. Marshall Samuel Gerard and his team, who stop at nothing to get their prey.
When "The Fugitive" premiered in 1993 it was a huge success - the film featured perennial favorite Harrison Ford portraying yet another character suited for him, and had just the right amount of action set pieces and suspense to create an indelible experience. Andrew Davis working with a screenplay from Jeb Stuart and David Twohy (the latter one responsible for the screenplay of such films as Kevin Reynolds' "Waterworld", Ridley Scott's "GI Jane" and his own series "Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick"), created an eventful film which allows the suspense to slowly develop. It's a film that anchors it's thrilling component in the race to find the guilty party, since from the inception of the story, that is exposed clearly. It also allows the actors to play with their characters, while not deviating much from their established personas (the one who manages to create a character that is not uni-dimensional is Tommy Lee Jones). "The Fugitive" is an example of a well crafted and entertaining film.