WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A New York cop (John Caviezel) tinkering with an old Ham radio realizes that he can speak to his deceased dad (Dennis Quaid), who’s living 30 years in the past. Thanks to the spatial wonders of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights), he can finally get to know his father. He only later realizes that everything they say to each other affects the future, with some potentially disastrous consequences.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Frequency gets my nod for most original film of the year. Granted, you’ll have to put your disbelief on the shelf for two hours but it still makes for a very solid flick. Despite it’s slow start, once the characters realize that they can alter the future, things really start to get interesting. I certainly hope this movie revives Dennis Quaid’s career (ignore his terrible New York accent), because the guy definitely can act, proving he’s still got plenty of gas in the tank. Newcomer John Caviezel impressed me with a strong, emotional showing as the alcoholic son haunted by memories of his late father. Heck, the touching radio reunion between father and son actually had me reach for my Kleenex box. The idea of inserting a serial killer who stalks the family in both the past and present made for some very cool possibilities which writer Toby Emmerich clearly took advantage of. Think BACK TO THE FUTURE and spice it up with elements of SE7EN. The movie’s last 20 minutes had me biting my nails, nervously wondering how things would turn out. With a fresh, inventive story, this one was a pleasant surprise.
New Line definitely subscribes to the "bang for the buck" theory of economics and I ain’t complaining! "The Science Behind Frequency" is a 37 minute documentary that covers astronomy, time travel, firefighting and ham radios. This is not your typical fluffy 10 minute featurette and I only wish every DVD could provide such great technical information. There are four deleted scenes which are brief and provide alternate or extended takes on pieces featured in the movie. I really liked the snippet where Caviezel informs his then younger friend to remember the word "Yahoo" (the stock) for the future. "Conceptual and Solar Galleries" offers 4 preliminary versions of the Northern Light shots and you can switch between them using the multiple angle feature on your player. It was cool to see how the shot slowly evolved, layer by layer. Perhaps the best feature on this disc is the Facts and Trivia subtitle feature which runs during the entire movie and provides cool information about everything happening on screen, kind of like VH1’s Pop Up Video. More DVDs need this cool extra! A trailer is included too. The menus feature pseudo circuit diagram animation and some sound.
I got to tip my hat to the folks over at New Line because they keep churning out great releases, one after another. They’re giving Criterion a serious run for their money. Whether it be the great commentary tracks, great "making of" documentaries or pristine video, this release manages to fulfill all the prerequisites. It gets my thumbs up and is highly recommended.