This week sees the release of the newest murder mystery, ‘Atomic Blonde (2017)’. This got me thinking about some of my favorite murder mysteries. Just look at movies like ‘Memento (2000)’, ‘Minority Report (2002)’, even ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)’. All of these films are masterful murder mysteries within their own different genres. And none, in my opinion anyways, uses the concept better than ‘The Fugitive (1993)’.
Harrison Ford is one of the classic leading men. From Han Solo to Indiana Jones to Rick Deckard to Jack Ryan, he is undeniably in the upper-echelon of actors you want to root for, along with Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, James Stewart, and Paul Newman. And he does not disappoint in this film as a brilliant surgeon desperate to clear his name. Along for the ride is Tommy Lee Jones himself. This is the perfect role for him, he’s sarcastic, slightly menacing, but all together a mighty presence. The film’s pace is thrilling; there is never a dull moment, and you are always wondering what will happen next to our protagonist as we learn more about this unraveling story.
James Newton Howard excels in his subtle but impactful score that helps build the suspense in every chase scene. And I would be remissed if I did not mention the great scene in the sewers; it is shot steadily but still builds tension as our two main characters interact for the first time and set the tone for the rest of the film. If I had any criticisms, the movie gets to be a bit drawn out in its predictability near the end as clues start to come together.
All in all, this is honestly one of my favorite 90’s films, it’s such a fun thrill ride, and I would highly recommend it. I am going to give the movie an ‘8 out of 10’. So what do you guys think? Have I convinced you to see the film? Let us know in the comments below!