June 24, 2009

The Dead Zone (1983)

The Dead Zone was a great-if-slightly-understated feature length movie long before it became a TV series. The one distinguishing strength of this version is, of course, Christopher Walken in the process of becoming THE Christopher Walken. When he succeeds you succeed, when he hurts you hurt as well, what more needs to be said? Well, maybe that here he's in both physical and emotional pain pretty much throughout the whole film. That the script is based on a novel written by Stephen King when the guy was really on fire only adds points for coolness.

Now a thing or two about the story! The main dilemma of the main character, one poor fellow Johnny Smith (who wakes up from coma only to find out the world has gone on without him), is as old as time is - if one knows the future exactly as it is supposed to roll out, can he or she do something to change it? This is the flip coin of the whole issue about travelling back in time, which again goes to another even more basic question, the one about written destiny vs. free will. Well, that's about all I will say. If you haven't seen it, do so!

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