"Freejack" can be described as a "good bad movie". It's an interesting story with some decent effects(well, for a 1992 movie they're decent), but the screenplay is full of so many weak one-liners and the acting is so mediocre that the film gets dragged down with it. There's no doubt that this could have been a "good good movie", but oh well.
The story goes something like this: professional auto racer Alex Furlong(Emilo Estevez) is taken to the future a second before his vehicle suffers a horrible accident. A group of criminals, led by Victor Vacendak(a goofy Mick Jagger) are hired to grab his body to sell to a rich man who needs it for a mind transfer. He breaks free soon after arriving at the future, trying to locate his lost finance(Rene Russo) and at the same time trying to stay alive in a nightmare of a future.
The movie essentially has (or, well, had) the right idea, but quickly loses its way early on. Performances range from fair (Russo, Estevez) to goofy(Jagger), but no one really is that interesting, nor does anyone really make the material worthwhile.The film becomes one very long and at times very dull chase scene. Even Anthony Hopkins is wasted in a very minor role. The dialogue doesn't help things, and many scenes suffer from cliche, stereotypical action movie lines.
VIDEO: I was almost shocked by how good this looks. It's not quite perfect, but for the most part, Warner Brothers has done a pretty marvelous job on their transfer for "Freejack". The anamorphic transfer is letterboxed at 2.35:1, and is free of all but a couple of very minor problems. The transfer remains natural looking and extremely sharp throughout. Detail is very good, and even the night scenes(of which there are quite a few in this film) look very well-defined. There's not a whole lot of colors involved, but they do look fine when they appear. Kind of a busy-looking movie, even the scenes that are not only dark, but smoky/hazy look clean and clear.
There are a few minor marks on the print used, but that's really about it. Other than that, I didn't notice any flaws at all - no pixelation or shimmering, and the picture remains suprisingly smooth and clean. All in all, this is excellent work.
SOUND: The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio isn't quite as remarkable as the video quality, but it does have its moments. Surround use is fairly well-done, although not terribly frequent, use is effective when done. The agressive Trevor Jones score also sounds dynamic and clean. Some of the effects such as gunfire occasionally sounded a little harsh to me, but this wasn't something that I found problematic, and most of the presentation is easy to listen to, capturing the action well.
MENUS:: Some nicely animated menus with the music from the film in the background.
EXTRAS:: The trailer.
Final Thoughts: Audio/video quality for "Freejack" is quite good; although the movie really isn't. The movie has sort of become a "cult" film, and if you're part of that group who enjoys it, you'll be very pleased with Warner's effort.
The Film C-
Video 91/A = (360/400 possible points)
Audio: 85/B = (340/400 possible points)
Extras: 70/C- = (210/300 possible points)
Menus: 80/B- = (160/200 possible points)
Value: 80/B- = (240/300 possible points)
FILM GRADE: C-
DVD GRADE: B