Flashback (1990) - Action, Adventure, Comedy

Hohum Score

16

Watchable

In 1989, clean-cut FBI man John Buckner is detailed to escort heavily-bearded Huey Walker back to jail for offenses dating back to his days as a celebrated hippie radical. After Walker ...

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Franco Amurri
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 2 out of 27 found boring (7.4%)

One-line Reviews (12)

This is a very funny movie, but at the same time keeps a solid plot, making this a very enjoyable movie.

I would have enjoyed it more without all the blasphemous exclamations out of Keifer Sutherland's mouth.

Maybe the writer &/or director couldn't think of a better way to keep the story moving (once it gets to its generic conclusions involving a chase and some minor violence on the train, it's only passable and at worst pretty trite), so they had to insert a fluffy commune/hippie piece with Hopper the only one making it only minutely worthwhile.

At that moment I was transformed back to the late 1960s, a recent college grad trying to find my way in a confusing and rapidly-changing culture.

Regardless of where one is politically, the film moves very fast, is very entertaining, and has almost no credibility.

It doesn't matter if the character Huey Walker was real or not or if the situation he was in actually happened, the story was entertaining and it had a great plot.

For the most part, this is an enjoyable "flashback" for most folks, a look back at the wild and crazy late 1960s.

this film had all the makings of a pretty boring film.

So, in short, all of this is actually pretty entertaining, with some funny bits scattered all around, and a great flow for dialog that goes around during the train ride between Buckner and Walker (I also enjoyed, even as slight amusing stuff, the scenes in the woods at night).

A really good early 90s film (set in the late 80s) with great performances and strong, nuanced writing and humor and a few intriguing plot twists and turns.

I think the story is more compelling for people who lived through the 60s as a hippie or at least indulged in the hippie lifestyle.

Greats like Dennis Hopper and Keifer Sutherland are at their best, it's a clever story, very entertaining, and thought provoking enough to make you wonder what the heck happened to a once bullish youth not afraid to get nose-to-nose with a Fascist-style government.