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Biggles: Adventures in Time

Biggles: Adventures in Time
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Some guy who is NOT named Biggle's has ONE adventure in just ONE time. So with an inaccurate title, we travel back and forth to 1917 to defeat the Nazi's secret sound weapon that makes things too hot. Don't ask too many questions.

Biggle's on paper sounds like a missed gem from our youth. The idea of a man named Biggle's traveling through time and having hijinx sounds like it would become your favorite movie when you're 12. Apparently the books are exactly that. But this movie is not. Biggle's is not the protagonist. It's a guy named Jim Ferguson who somehow gets transported back and forth from the present to 1917. So even he doesn't have "Adventures in Time" He just goes back to ONE time. So if you are looking for a sillier Bill and Ted's, you're not going to get it.

There is some good humor sporadically with most of the yucks coming from Ferguson and his awkwardness when he appears in 1917 without any warning of the time jump. There are also a couple incredible stunts especially with the helicopter but the quality of the stunts and jokes are mired by the directing/editing. The cuts make the stunts vague as to what took place and how the stuntmen put their lives on the line. The jokes are also poorly timed and most go unnoticed by far too much dialog immediately following the joke. Some might call them subtle but in a film where everything else is so overt and with such a crappy story you probably want to highlight the humor a little more.

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Freejack

Freejack
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We take a look into the future where Mick Jagger gets to be an action star, no one ages, and that fava-beans and chianti guy gets paid his day rate. Emilio Estevez stars as Alex Furlong, a race car driver that gets exploded into the future so that he can get "bone-jacked" for a rich man's immortality....we think. The future doesn't make a whole lot of sense to us humble 2014 people.

Emilio and Jagger are really quite bad actors in this film. They both are terrible but in completely opposite ways. Jagger is thoroughly wooden and puts little to no effort into his role. While Estevez does his best Jim Carrey and overacts each scene. He's like that desperate person at the end of the bar at midnight that tries way too hard to be your friend. This duo play enemies so the opposing acting makes up for some fun unintentional comedic chemistry.

There's some pretty weird things in the future as well. Everybody shoots at each other yet cities seem to be fairly pleasant aside from the flying bullets. Time and space do not have properties in people's dwellings as most apartments in the film have secret rooms and doors that can't physically exist in the building space, at least in the world that we understand. Toss in Alex and Julie Redlund's (played by Rene Russo) relationship with their literal on-screen butt kissing and quite unrealistic dialogue, you've got a story world that involves a lot of head scratching for the viewer.

All in all, Freejack is a movie that makes little sense, with the majority of the story being cut from the book as unimportant. Well for bad movie lovers this is a good thing because there's very little wasted time on things like plot or character development. Just action, crazy dialogue, vague villainy, a physically impossible world, and a cinematic sequence of events that all lead up to one heck of a good time.

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Prelude to Freejack

Prelude to Freejack

We get ready to travel to the future when Mick Jagger becomes a movie star in Freejack.  Plus more Netflix dos and don'ts as well as our riveting improv work.

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