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BLAST FROM THE PAST

SYNOPSIS:
In 1962 at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, hyper-vigilant scientist Calvin Webber (Christopher Walken) thinks a plane crashing into his yard is the start of a nuclear war. He ushers his pregnant wife Helen (Sissy Spacek) into their specially constructed bomb shelter, complete with time lock, to wait out the inevitable aftermath. In the bunker, their son Adam is born. For the next 35 years, Adam (Brendan Fraser) grows up completely isolated from the outside world. When the time lock eventually opens, Adam is sent out to find a nice girl to repopulate the planet. Instead, he finds a confusing environment thatís definitely not what he expected. He also finds a savvy young woman, Eve (Alicia Silverstone) who takes a shine to his bizarre manner. Can these two seemingly incompatible people find love in the 90ís?

"The new comedy from director Hugh Wilson (First Wives Club) might sound like Bad Boy Bubby goes to Pleasantville. But this very sweet film harks a lot further back - to the screwball comedies of the 40ís. In another time, you can just imagine Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn in the lead roles of a film very like this. While it sags a little towards the end, Blast From the Past is a clever mix of incisive social comment, romance and some hilariously funny moments. Brendan Fraser shows again why heís in heavy demand as the wide-eyed innocent, Adam. He brings the character to life with a wonderful performance, giving Adam just the right blend of knowledge and innocence - and he shows a flair for comic timing, even though he plays the straight man much of the time. Alicia Silverstone is possibly a little too coy as Eve. I suspect Eve was meant to be rather harder, but Silverstone gives her a believable vulnerability. While the love story is the core of the film, the supporting cast really makes it zing. Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek play an Ozzie-and-Harriet couple with a restrained - but nonetheless maniacal - edge. And Dave Foley has some great moments as Troy, Eveís gay roommate - although I am not entirely comfortable with the way Troy is portrayed. Special mention should be made of the production design. The contrast of the "perfect" 60ís home (even if it is in a fallout shelter) and the world of the 90ís is outstanding. Blast From the Past is a real and welcome surprise packet - an intelligent and lively romantic comedy with a subversive edge."
David Edwards

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

BLAST FROM THE PAST (M)
(US)

CAST: Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek, Dave Foley

DIRECTOR: Hugh Wilson

PRODUCER: Hugh Wilson, Renny Harlin

SCRIPT: Bill Kelly

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Josť Luis Alcaine

EDITOR: Don Brochu

MUSIC: Steve Dorff

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Bob Ziembicki

RUNNING TIME: 111 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 8, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: January 25, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment







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