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   BLAST FROM THE PAST (1999) 

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CAST
Brendan Fraser
Alicia Silverstone
Christopher Walken
Sissy Spacek
Dave Foley
Joey Slotnick
Rex Linn
Deborah Kellner
Nathan Fillion

DIRECTED BY
Hugh Wilson

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 112 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy/Romance


SYNOPSIS: Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers in their bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam Weber must venture out into Los Angeles and obtain food and supplies for his family, and a non-mutant wife for himself.

BOTTOM LINE: As much as I like Brendan Fraser, I have to wonder about his acting choices. The idea behind BLAST is quite interesting and ripe with comic potential. Unfortunately, it just isn't mined properly. Fraser gives a winning turn as a 35-year-old man who's spent his whole life in a bomb shelter with only his parents for company. Technically, he's a child of the 50s, which causes some obvious problems when he's finally allowed to go out into the world at the end of the 20th Century. However, how the filmmakers portray the "modern world" isn't half as funny as Fraser's reactions to it.

Spacek and Walken are amazingly funny as his Communist-fearing, manners-obsessed parents. They are the perfect 50s couple and adorable together. They give the film class and intelligence, which it sorely needs. What brings the film down is Silverstone's performance as Fraser's "modern girl" love interest. She just seems immensely bored with all the goings on. She's so good at being annoyed with Fraser's character that her sudden realization that she loves him is completely ridiculous. Sort of problem for a romantic comedy.

Dave Foley brings some sorely needed amusement to their interactions as Silverstone's gay friend, who's trying to foster her romance with Fraser. It's too bad Adam wasn't gay. The film would have been a lot more interesting. Despite the lack of chemistry between the leads, the film's main problem is there are only so many fish out of water jokes to be told, so by the end of the film there's really nowhere for the story to go. The finale just fizzles out into this happy ending that's not remotely satisfying or believable. A cute idea that doesn't come together, but is amusing enough for mindless viewing, especially if you like Fraser.



"You have a wonderful sense of humor, son, I must say. The acorn does not fall far from the tree."

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