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‘Freejack’ (R)

By Hal Hinson
Washington Post Staff Writer
January 18, 1992

You know you're in trouble when the cars in a science fiction movie look like those golf carts with football helmets on them. That's if the presence of Emilio Estevez wasn't already enough of a tip-off.

Everything in "Freejack," the paltry new futuristic body-snatching movie starring Estevez and Mick Jagger, has that same strictly-from-poverty quality. Directed by Geoff Murphy, the picture is a cheesy fantasy set in the year 2009 when, for a price, the rich can achieve immortality by stealing bodies from the past to replace their own defective carcasses. A race car driver with reckless daring, Alex (Estevez) becomes a victim of this futuristic bodynapping just as his speedster is about to go up in extravagant flames. His abductor is a menacing "bone-jacker" named Vencendak (Jagger) who loses his captive when his team is attacked by rebels.

The rest of the film is spent with Vencendak in hot pursuit of Alex, who, for assistance, goes to his old girlfriend, Julie (Rene Russo), who looks as if she hasn't aged a day since Alex's death and who, as it turns out, works for the powerful executive (Anthony Hopkins) whose disembodied soul is on hold at the Spiritual Switchboard awaiting Alex's young flesh.

That's it -- they chase him. Endlessly.

Though the action is nonstop, it's so unengaging that we might as well be watching a blank screen. The script, which Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett and Dan Gilroy have cribbed from Robert Sheckley's novel "Immortality, Inc.," is a collection of howlers. And the actors -- Estevez, in particular -- play around with their lines rather than play them. Only Jagger, whose flesh hangs as if it were stretched over a skeleton of coat hanger wire, strikes the proper note of ironic indifference. He's delicious. But as a whole, if this is the future, I'm not going.

"Freejack" is rated R for violence and language.

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