|Michael A. Maynez|
“Blast From The Past”
Brendan Fraser’s expectations after his performance in “Gods and Monsters”, surely was not to be followed by such a lightweight comedy, as this. We are going to be flooded with movies after “The Truman Show”, that neither have the quality of a Jim Carrey or Peter Weir for that matter. Coming up with comparable premise is “Ed-TV”.
Of course in “Blast From The Past”, it is a bomb shelter that shelters a couple, Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek (What a waste of talent for both of them). They fear that nuclear war is imminent and the husband has provided a bomb shelter, California style, to end all bomb shelters, a very unrealistic home where they go to when the 1962 discussion sets off an explosion, even poor John Kennedy is not spared here in his newsreels clips.
Sissy is already pregnant when they started living there, their son is born and grows up completely protected from the outside world. They named him Adam, he turns out to be Brendan Fraser and after thirty-five years of this bomb-out shelter, he is not prepared to meet his reality check chick, named Eve, of course, in the embodiment of Alicia Silverstone, she's outgoing and he is shy and still marvels at the world, like the sky and the ocean. No one plays this wide-eyed better Fraser. He is so unprepared for the real world and some of his background of the only things that his parents taught him are way out in today’s society. So the comedy has to real emanate from with his girl Eve. It is just after a while it gets tiresome, hopefully, they give him a better script next time and maybe he should take more chances like he did with “Gods and Monsters”, for he certainly is a bright star in our horizon if they don’t throw more of this garbage at him.
Directed by --------------- Hugh Wilson
Produced by -------------- Renny Harlin, Hugh Wilson
Executive producers ----- Amanda Stern, Sunil Perkash, Claire Rudnick Polstein
Co-producer -------------- Mary Kane
Screenplay ---------------- Bill Kelly, Wilson, from a story by Kelly
Camera -------------------- Jose Luis Alcaine
Editor ---------------------- Don Brochu
Costume designer -------- Mark Bridges
MPAA Rated PG-13
Running time: 111 min