When it comes to entertainment, there are those that you can watch on the big screen (movies) and those that you can watch on the small screen (television). Every now and then, a title that is a standard on one format will make it’s way to the other. For instance, a movie will be successful enough or have a big enough following to warrant a TV show or cartoon series to be made. Or you will have some Hollywood producer think that a TV show would make great movie. Today’s movie happens to be the latter of those as I am watching the big screen version of The Fugitive.
The plot: Dr. Richard Kimble, a prominent vascular surgeon, comes home one night to find a one-armed intruder in his house and his wife murdered. Despite his claims that the one-armed man killed his wife, Dr. Kimble is found guilty of murder and sentenced to be executed. On the way to prison, an accident occurs and Dr. Kimble manages to get free but is pursued by U.S. Marshall Sam Gerard and his team. Now Dr. Kimble must try and find the one-armed man in order to clear his name while staying one step ahead of the authorities. But finding the man is only the tip of the iceberg, as Dr. Kimble finds out that there was a darker reason behind his wife’s murder.
The Fugitive was one of those movies to receive “universal acclaim” from the critics, receiving a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Almost all of them praised the performances of both Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. The audiences definitely wanted to see this movie as it wound up being the third highest grossing film of 1993 with over $368 million worldwide. It also was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, an almost unheard of feat for a film based on a TV show, and won the Best Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones’s performance.
I don’t always like movies based on TV shows but this is definitely an exception. This is one of my favorite Harrison Ford films that does not involve him wearing a fedora or flying the Millennium Falcon. Harrison Ford put in a solid performance as Richard Kimble, but to be honest, Tommy Lee Jones stole the show and totally deserved the Oscar he received. The dynamic between both characters matching wits in this movie was incredible. As to the movie itself, the action and pacing were both phenomenal. There was an equal mix of suspense and intrigue to go along with the action and close calls as Kimble manages to barely stay one step ahead of the authorities. I’m not going to try and make any comparisons to the original TV show because while I do remember seeing a few episodes, I was too young and it was too long ago for me to remember anything clearly enough where I can make any sort of comparison. But as far as the movie goes, this is simply a great film to watch.
So if you want a great movie to watch, then you should definitely watch this movie.
Rating: 5 out of 5