January 30, 2013
Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid
Frequency is such a special little movie. In fact
one of the rare movies on my countdown that I'm not
is all that underloved at all. For all I know, it could
the most beloved movie of the 2000's. I don't -think- that it
I also didn't see it in the theater when it originally came out.
So I sort of missed if it was a really big deal or
In any case, I apologize if billions of people already love this
movie and if it is already considered one of the best movies of the
2000's. My first child was born in 2000 and my wife and I
really follow what was happening in movies for the next five years.
For me, Frequency fell right into the dead zone that first
parents like to call "Baby Boot Camp."
Here is what I can tell you about Frequency.
some point after it came out, I remember hearing people saying that it
was pretty good. Not great, of course. It was just
"Hey Mario, you should watch Frequency, it is a neat little
It wasn't really at the top of my priority list. It
was one of
those movies that I just sort of filed away in the back of my head.
I put it on the list of "some day when I am bored, maybe I
check this out at Blockbuster." I didn't really know what it
was. I didn't really know what it was about. All I
knew was that it
Dennis Quaid. And I thought that was amazing since
Quaid hadn't been relevant to anything in Hollywood since the late 80's.
If anything, when I thought of Frequency, I just thought "Hey, Dennis
Quaid is finally making a
Dennis Quaid is here!
Well let me tell you, when I saw Frequency for the first
time I was just blown away. This movie is AMAZING.
no idea it was that good. And it became one of those movies
I quickly bought after only seeing it once. Believe
me, I buy very few
after only one viewing. That is a very special
that is generally only reserved for movies like... well... I will
about some of the other ones later.
But yeah Frequency just blew me away.
It wasn't just good, it was Field of Dreams level good.
They even both have a fairly strong baseball subplot.
This is the type of movie that guys (in particular) need to
watch at least once. It is unreal how emotional it is.
If you are a guy, there is a 90% chance that you will watch
it and you will think about your childhood and cry.
Frequency is the story of a man named John Sullivan
(Jim Caviezel). He is a homicide detective in Brooklyn in
And he is not a particularly happy man. He isn't
married. He doesn't have any kids. He doesn't have
doesn't have any sort of a girlfriend. His life is just sort
All he really has in life is his work, and then
And a lot of that is probably because he grew up
John with his beloved father in 1969
You see, John's father died when John was a little
boy. His father, Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid), was a heroic
York City firefighter who died in a fire back in the summer of 1969.
And this is something that has haunted John for the past
years. All he has known for the past three decades has been
emptiness and loneliness because he spent his whole life without any
sort of a male role model.
Frank Sullivan in the last minutes of his life
one day in 1999, as John is digging around in his mother's closet, he
comes across something extraordinary. He finds his father's
ham radio. This is the radio that his father spent countless
hours fiddling around with and talking on back in the late 60's.
John finds the radio and he immediately remembers those days
like they were
yesterday. He remembers sitting at his dad's side as his
would engage in conversations with complete strangers all across
Brooklyn in 1968 and 1969. He remembers
the radio and he remembers how much fun those old days used to be.
So John brings the radio home, and in a bit of wistful nostalgia, he
plugs it in. And he
waits to see if anybody out there still uses these silly old things.
John on his father's ham radio
Well this is where the movie gets magical. Because pretty
John runs across a guy on the radio named Frank. And they
turns out that Frank is a firefighter in Brooklyn. It turns
has a son who sits by him that he calls "Little Chief." It
out that that little boy's name is John too. Oh, and it turns
out that Frank thinks
that the year is 1969.
John is amazed when he realizes that, through some quirk in the
space-time continuum, he is actually talking to his
Frank talking to his son 30 years in the future
Like I said before, Frequency is one of those movies that can make
break down and cry. Seriously, this is a Field of Dreams
tearjerker. If you are a male, and if you have ever had a
it is going to get you, I can guarantee. Because once John
realizes that he
warn his father about his upcoming death, and he can actually change
the course of history if he wants to, well then the movie just takes
That is when it goes down a fun little path with twists and
turns and emotion and surprises and ramifications all over the place.
of course I am not going to tell you what happens. What fun
that be? You will just have to watch Frequency for yourself.
See for yourself why I think it is so good.
By the way, that is a young George-Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) in the
background. No, not the singer-songwriter.
Even though this is technically a science fiction movie, it could
really also be considered a time travel movie. Or even a
movie. It sort of fits into all three categories.
the end, what it really is is an amazing movie about fathers and sons.
And it stars Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid. Or, as I like to
call him, Dennis "The
Comeback Kid" Quaid.
The chemistry between the two of them is absolutely amazing.
Oh and hey look, it's Juliet from Lost as John's mom
I don't really know what else I can say about this movie.
It is so good that I just wrote about it and now I want to go
watch it again. It is easily one of the most special and
movies I have ever seen in my life. I mean, good god, the
time that John gets to talk to an eight year old version of himself,
try keeping a dry eye during that one. And Dennis Quaid has
never been better in a movie, ever. It is ridiculous to think
that he completely disappeared from movies for about a decade.
I'll always be behind ya, Little Chief
Again, I apologize if everyone already knows that Frequency is amazing
and that everyone already loves it. I don't -think- that is
case, based on how many times the word "underrated" appears in the IMDB
user reviews. But if it is the case, then I apologize.
Although honestly, if just one person discovers Frequency
of my review and they immediately fall in love with it, well then I
will feel like this writeup was successful.
If ever there was a movie that needed to be loved by everyone, it is
this one. Frequency is really special.
favorite IMDB user reviews about Frequency:
This touching thriller
keeps you on the edge of your seat with a tissue in your hand. - 3
are not enough movies that you can leave feeling touched, refreshed,
and enlightened. So many films today don't bother to build strong
characters that have a lasting effect. Frequency is such a wonderful
movie because it incorporates a realistic father-son bond, and raw
emotion into an action thriller. I must admit that I am not
particularly drawn to action movies, but after seeing Frequency I have
tried to change my attitude.
Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid are
extremely believable as a son and his long-dead father. Caviezel's
character cried when he first talked to his father that had been dead
for thirty years. I cried, too, as he so believably yearned to be with
Another great thing about this movie is how intriguing
the action sequences are. Not only are the usual chase scenes exciting,
but the interesting psychological aspects of the movie also work
If you have not seen Frequency, please do so, it
is an excellent movie and I doubt you will regret seeing it. Although
seeing it in a theater is the ideal place, the DVD is almost the same.
You should enjoy this movie, it is a true classic, and I know I will
never tire of watching it.
Stand up and Cheer!!! -
18 April 2000
can't help it!! You have to cheer and applaud this movie. I can't
remember the last time the whole audience clapped at the end of a
movie. It has been such a long time since a movie was made that warmed
your heart, while keeping you at the edge of your seat. This movie will
make you laugh, get a little misty in the eyes, and you won't even
notice the time. You're almost sad to see it end. Dennis Quaid is
excellent, this is his best movie in years. This movie also has some
new faces you won't soon forget. Don't take my word on this, see it
yourself. You will be thinking about this movie for weeks.
Great, just great - 3
This has remained one of my favourite movies. Time and time again, I
have really enjoyed coming back to it.
a great story too; due to a freak of nature John (Jim Caviezel) is able
to talk to his dad Frank (Dennis Quaid) from almost thirty years in the
past, on an old short-wave radio. Unfortunately, this is back when his
dad was just about to have died, giving his life as a firefighter while
trying to save someone trapped in a warehouse fire. While they're able
to prevent this from happening, some unanticipated and undesirable
changes in the time line also occur as a result.
The focus of
the story is the relationship between father and son. While Dennis
Quaid played his part well, for me, Jim Caviezel really stole the show.
He plays the son, saddened by the loss of his father so many years ago,
to perfection. Once they've realised who it is they're actually both
speaking to, the look in his eyes during the more emotional scenes
really says it all. Brilliantly done!
A bit of magic. - 19
fell in love with "Frequency" by accident. The film's original promo
played up the 'change your destiny' aspect of the plot more than the
father-son bond, and I guess I thought there'd be some souped-up
DeLorean auto waiting in the wings to whisk people somewhere every 10
minutes. But this film is nothing like that. I lost my mother sixteen
years ago and have only bonded stronger with my dad since then, and as
such, relate to the film's subtler message of re-affirming ties with
those you love the most. It doesn't hit on this immediately. When
detective Caviezel first speaks to fireman Quaid, they are
understandably confused and pseudo-annoyed with one other. Later, of
course, the confusing 30-year paradox is revealed and a new
relationship emerges. The 'duo-logue' which follows between father and
son over the radio is a breathtaking scene, and when it comes to an end
("I'm almost afraid to turn this off- like we won't get this back"),
I'm in tears (of joy) every single time. It seems that many critics
were less than impressed with the story's sentiment (not surprising),
but it's a wonderful little story which celebrates the nobler side of
the human spirit. Buy. See.
exceptional reminder of
the power of love and of film - 11 July 2009
waited to add my two cents until I had seen this film several times to
see if the overwhelmingly positive effect would wear off. I am pleased
to report that it doesn't. Remarkably, the effect gets stronger with
each exposure. This is without a doubt my favorite recent film. The
performances are wonderful. This is Quaid's best after his early bloom
and nothing he's done since can compare with it. Jim C, well, he is
luminous. Indeed, every role is well and truly played. This one is
special because it does what the Fountain and a number of other, recent
"high concept" and "message" films try but usually fail to accomplish
in any meaningful fashion. Frequency moves the heart through the
experience of film. It teaches love and does so without relying on the
tension of plot because as I discovered, it still works after ten
viewings when the end is not in doubt and "what happens next" isn't why
your eyes are fixed on the screen. The reason you watch yet again,
still eager, is simple. It is because,well, because, there is never,
never enough love and this is a way to find a bit more, every time.
Time twist - 22 February
piece of writing, even if it requires the audience to suspend belief.
Time-twisting threads can either leave one in amazed wonder of the
possibilities or laughing on the floor at the ludicrousness of it.
Here, Toby Emmerich (it's his only screenwriting credit of his career;
he's a studio exec/producer predominantly) lays out a credible, well
thought out story that's as tight as any time-twist tale could be.
sweet but seemingly inconsequential line between the young parents of
Johnny, frustrated at his failures in learning to ride a bike, came
back to explain why the adult John may have been difficult to live with
as a husband. "He just needs to know that you're behind him,
(paraphrased)" says the mother to her husband. Well, the father wasn't
because he dies the next day, and the vacuum is felt by an adult John.
science of radio transmissions into the future/past can be suspended
because there is sufficient poignancy and pathos between father-son,
husband-wife, and between friends. It draws its strength from the
Dennis Quaid-Jim Caviezel exchange as father-son -- two sympathetic,
heroic characters attached at the heart.
Kudos to writer Emmerich and director Gregory Hoblit for pulling off
one of the most satisfying movies I have seen.
Well filmed - 15 March
reviewers said -- got heart & feeling in that everyday Joe,
Capra style. Maybe it's the post 9/11 thing but seeing the NYC fire
scenes, esp around the harbor downtown, certainly made me wish there
really was such a ham radio to use. I'd be somewhere else when I heard
that first jet bomber come in fast, loud. and low in midtown.
are a key to this film. Put the rational half on hold and just kick
back with some real people in a story. This is a definite one for the
Ages. Most likely candidate to be 21st Century's It's a wonderful Life.
* My favorite trivia
* In 1997 Renny Harlin was going to direct the film with Sylvester
Stallone playing the lead, but Stallone asked too big paycheck and
eventually neither Stallone or Harlin was involved in making the
All of the World Series facts were true in this film. The Mets Cleon
Jones really did get hit on the shoe with a pitched ball. At first the
umpire didn't award him first base but when Mets Manager Gil Hodges
showed him the shoe polish on the ball the umpire changed his call and
awarded him first base. It became known as the "Shoe Polish Incident".
favorite scene in Frequency:
Pick any scene where John and Frank are talking about their lives,
especially the first time they meet on the radio. That is
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