Frequency (2000)

There are some movies which never got the credit they deserved and I think Frequency is one of those movies. I would probably have never heard of it if I hadn’t watched on a plane to Miami in 2000. It was a movie I fondly remembered, but never got around to rewatching. Finally was able to get around to that and it’s as good as I remember.

What is unique about this movie is that it plays with time in a way you don’t see too often. John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) is a cop who has just broken up with his girlfriend. His mother is still around, but his father, who was a firefighter, died in a fire when he was very young. When a childhood friend comes over with his son, the little kid discovers an old ham radio. When John later manages to turn it on he comes into contact with a man. He starts talking to him and soon finds out that the man he is talking to is from another time, 30 years earlier in fact. The man is Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid), his father and when they both realise the strange radio link through time is real they catch up. Because of their conversation something changes in the past with big consequences for the present in which John is living. Together with his father they have to make sure they change the past again to make sure everything turn out alright.

What I really love about this film is the connection between the father and son. Just imagine if you would be able to speak to your parents now when they were 30 years younger…it would probably make for very interesting conversations. This movie also made me realise that we don’t see enough of Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, both excellent actors who give this movie heart. The only thing which dates this movie a bit are the references made to Yahoo, which annoyed me a bit. Other than that it’s a great story and crime thriller which more people should watch.

22 thoughts on “Frequency (2000)

  1. I really liked the film, both main actors created really good father-son relatinship in the film. It wasn’t anything grounbreaking but it was certainly an enjoyable movie.

  2. Great review Nostra, now you REALLY makes me want to see it pronto. I have the DVD on loan from a friend that’s been sitting on the shelf. I like Caviezel a lot and he’s even more underrated than this film I think.

  3. I guess I’ll be the dissenting opinion: I thought that the film had a really nice idea, but the execution was a bit disappointing. It was a bit too hokey, especially that fairy-tale-like ending where that cheesy song is playing and everything seems fine. It just felt perverted. It’s like everybody who was anybody in the movie (except the villain) had a happy ending with no care about the consequences of what happened as a result of messing with the flow of time.

    Also, I liked Dennis Quaid, but Jim Caviezel’s acting really brought the film down. So monotonous and boring.

  4. This is a great movie! It’s got a concept but doesn’t try to be too scifi (which would drive off the masses), and somehow Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid manage to make chatting on a radio look interesting. Nicely done crime mystery too.

    The Caller uses the same concept (phone calls from the past) but with a B-horror movie twist. You should check it out, it’s on Instant Watch!

    • No, it’s not sci fi at all, it’s a very small background bit to tell a great story. Haven’t heard of the Caller, but will add it to my to watch list.

  5. This was a pretty decent movie… I think I would come down more in the B range than the A range on it, but it was a solid B. The frequent “Yahoo” references got a little tiresome, though (though are funny in retrospect; I bet that Yahoo stock isn’t worth as much now…)

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