Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Overlooked Movies: Flashback (1990)

Livia's on a Netflix quest to find comedies we haven't seen, and this is one of 'em. I'm not sure how we missed it back in 1990, when we watched almost everything that came out, but it was new to us and fairly enjoyable.

Dennis Hopper plays a Sixties radical who's been on the run from the law for twenty years. When he's finally arrested, he's turned over to a young FBI agent (Kiefer Sutherland, looking like he's about fifteen years old and playing dress-up in his dad's suit) for transport from San Francisco to Spokane to stand trial. Complications and hijinks ensue, unlikely friendships are formed, secrets are revealed, and yes, everybody learns lessons. Along the way there are some decent action scenes, a good supporting cast including Carol Kane, Michael McKean, and Paul Dooley, and a good soundtrack of Sixties music. Oh, and the subtle and not-so-subtle EASY RIDER jokes, can't forget them. (I actually like EASY RIDER quite a bit, if only for the fact that it inspired those iconic issues of GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams.) Anyway, FLASHBACK is a decent action/buddy/road comedy and I had an okay time watching it.

1 comment:

Todd Mason said...

Well, in some ways, though not as blatantly as might be expected, the '90s did make the '60s look like the '50s...but the '50s didn't look like what we tend to think they did...