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The Fugitive

Published March 18, 2020

The Fugitive

Film info

  • Title The Fugitive
  • Director Andrew Davis
  • Year 1993
  • Run time 2hrs 10m
  • Genres Adventure, Action, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
  • Tagline A murdered wife. A one-armed man. An obsessed detective. The chase begins

Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones race through the breathless manhunt movie based on the classic TV series. Ford is prison escapee Dr Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime. Jones is Sam Gerard, an unrelenting bloodhound of a US Marshal. They are hunted and hunter.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:15Dramatic opening credits.
3:29Harrison gone full beard.
5:51Turns out the Mischief TV show has ruined all echoed sentences for me.
13:31In an instant just to be on death row like that is terrifying.
17:21Heck of a bus crash, that one. And onto a train track!
20:52“My my my, what a mess.” Ha, understatement.
25:31Changed his clothes. Beard off next pls Harry.
28:56Much better.
34:06They’ve cornered him so quickly!!
40:06“Are you crazy, he’s dead.” “That’ll make him easy to catch.”
50:03He doesn’t bargain. That’ll be important later.
52:16Is that what the El Train means?? Elevated!
56:40That seems entirely ethical, a prize for who gets him first.
58:48He’s doing that thing where you can get away with being places you shouldn’t just by being confident about it.
1:04:53What are the chances of them coming to arrest someone in the same house you’re hiding in?
1:11:16Loving this bonus episode of ER in the middle of a film.
1:20:12Oof, the spiral staircase things… so dizzy.
1:30:59“I’m not trying to solve a puzzle here.” WE ARE.
1:40:07Bones!
1:49:58It really is just making me want to watch ER.
1:54:25He wanted a private chat but everyone’s still listening.
2:04:00He says he knows it but that doesn’t mean they can prove it.

Thoughts

This was so good! I’ve never heard of the TV show or the film but I obviously know Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones and they were both excellent. I loved that everyone in this was good at their jobs and doing some great work but still managing to just miss each other. There weren’t any rubbish cops or anything like that.

I do think the dive headfirst out of the drain was a bit weird and would have meant certain death. Feet first, surely? And the guy who turned out to be the bad guy in the end was acting a bit strangely throughout considering the twist at the end. But never mind, it was a great ride, kept me guessing and on tenter hooks, so no complaints.

Rating: 5 / 5

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