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Score: 78%
Rating: R
Publisher: Warner Brothers Home

Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 110 Mins.
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action/Thriller
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital,
           French 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish


  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cast - Explore the Characters and the Actors' Filmographies

Freejack is a 1992 sci-fi thriller set in the futuristic year of 2009 where the ultra wealthy are able to essentially live forever by paying exorbitant amounts of money to have the perfectly healthy bodies of people snatched from the present (1991) right before their deaths and have their consciousnesses transferred into their new bodies. The facilitators of this madness are called "bonejackers" and Vacendak (Mick Jagger) happens to be the best. He grabs the body of handsome young race car driver Alex Furlong (Emilio Estevez) right before his famous devastating crash during an intense race. However, things don't go as planned and before long, Alex is loose and on the run in New York 2009 as a "freejack."

He tries to blend in and goes to visit his old agent, Brad (David Johansen) to try and figure out why he was at the race yesterday, but suddenly people are talking about him dying 17 years ago and he recognizes nothing around him. As he tries to piece together what has happened, Vacendak relentlessly pursues him, because without this body for his employer, he's out millions.

It seems the only place Alex can turn is to his former lover, Julie (Rene Russo), who is now a successful businesswoman. At first, she thinks he is merely someone who has purchased Alex's body, since his physical remains were never retrieved from the fiery crash that took his life and she was always left wondering. Before long, she realizes that the real Alex has somehow found her and she has turned him away. The pair once again connect and Julie decides the only one she can turn to for help is her beloved mentor and boss, Mac (Anthony Hopkins), who agrees to help the struggling pair. Even if Mac is able to help them, can Alex survive in a world where he has missed the last 17 years of life?

I saw Freejack in theaters when it first released and even back then, the special effects were pretty atrocious. Seeing it again with eyes that have been jaded by today's sci-fi films certainly doesn't make it look any prettier, but looks aren't everything. The plot is interesting and although it's somewhat predictable, I enjoyed it, even considering how dated it is. Who knew the cars of 2009 would be so ridiculous and that we'd all be living in a Mad Max type situation? Oh wait…

The acting starts off a bit rough, but fairly soon the actors fall into their roles and are believable enough, at least as believable as the whole "freejacking" situation can be. I grew especially fond of Mick Jagger in his role as he was an interesting villain. Freejack is fun for nostalgia's sake, but it doesn't have any special features aside from a trailer and pages containing the actors and their filmographies. While Freejack may not be something you necessarily need to add to your collection, if you want to see it, you'll need to order it from Warner Archive, since these films are made on demand. Check out the link below.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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