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Flashback
Paramount // R // September 24, 2002
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Review by Todd Siechen | posted October 3, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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This film is a lot of fun. This film has character. I was thinking this might be another of the many dated films that loses its lustre after a few years, but I was surprisingly engaged in this story.

The infamous 60's radical Huey Walker (Dennis Hopper) was on the run for 20 years for illegedly attempting to kill the vice president. Now he's been caught and is heading for jail. FBI escort John Buckner (Kiefer Sutherland) is assigned to escort Huey to jail, but Huey manages to outsmart Walker and take over his identity as the FBI agent while Buchner ends up behind bars. These 2 characters have no idea how much they need each other. Buckner is extremely uptight and rigid in his ways as the eager, buttoned-up FBI agent who will not break a smile. Huey Walker is irresponsible, free-spirited, and full of life and energy. Their dissonant conversations here are really very entertaining and funny.

After spending a day in jail and convincing the cops he is really an FBI agent, Buchner begins to loosen up and goes back to the task of retrieving Huey Walker and bringing him to jail. Meanwhile Huey has been kidnapped by Hal and Barry (Michael McKean and Richard Masur) two guys having a hard time letting go of the 60's who think Huey is actually John Buchner. Once reunited, the two of them begin to warm up to each other and find they have more in common than first thought. Buchner leads them back to an old hippie commune where he grew up. They find Maggie, (Carol Kane) one of the original hippies from the commune. Maggie shows Buchner some old footage of him as a child with his parents and Buchner gets very emotional as most of his life he tried very hard to shake his parents ways of life. He re-connects with his childhood and despite his reluctance, he sees that his parents loved him very much and this brings him even closer to Huey. They eventually team up and bring the film to a great conclusion I won't give away here.

The chemistry between these 2 guys is great (see them together again in the TV series "24") With Dennis Hopper as Huey Walker you couldn't ask for a better match of actor and role. He helped usher in the Age of Aquarius in the legendary 1969 film "Easy Rider", which he starred, directed and co-wrote with Peter Fonda.

VIDEO: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The colors are good but a bit muted and the picture suffers a tad from edge enhancement.

AUDIO: The 5.1 Dolby Digital track quality is fairly dull and lacks any punch. The rears and sub channel are barely used at all. There is an English Dolby surround mix included as well as a French surround. English subtitles are included.

MENUS: The menu designs are static and look almost the same as the box cover.

BONUS MATERIALS: Sadly none.

Final Thought: Flashback is a timeless, fun, light-hearted film that will retain its appeal for years to come. I only wish there were at least a few extras to make the DVD more attractive.
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