Movie Review: Frequency

Released by New Line Cinemas

Starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel

John Sullivan is a thirty-something cop whose life is a wreck. His wife has just left him, and tomorrow is the thirtieth anniversary of his father’s untimely death in a warehouse fire. Firing up his dad’s old ham radio (which hasn’t been used since 1969) he makes the astonishing discovery that, due to unusual solar flare activity in both 1969 and 1999, he can actually communicate with his dad across time!

Should John give his father the information that will save him from the accident? And if John does prevent his dad from dying, will he inadvertently destroy everything else about his past? 

Frequency is a science fiction movie with real heart. Instead of the two-dimensional, macho buddy-adventure doled out by many sci-fi films, Frequency shows us characters with depth and sensitivity. And it has enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat at the same time your drying your eyes with a hanky. There’s a little something for everyone.

Frequency is high on concept and weak on science (solar flares cause radio waves to travel through time?), but it doesn’t really matter. It harkens back to the days of the “what if” shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. This movie is about two things: characters and plot, which is something many science fiction films lack these days.

Our Rating: A

[Originally posted in May 2000 at]

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