Starring: Dennis Quaid, James Caviezel

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit

Produced by: New Line Cinema

Distributed by: New Line Cinema

Genre: fantasy

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Review by Xibo Date seen: May 9, 2000
Viewing Location: AMC 25 on 42nd St, NYC Grade: A
Summary: A very touching father-son story.
To some extent this is science fiction-- a son uses his dead father's ham radio to bounce signals off of the largest aurora borealis in 30 years to communicate with his father, on the same ham radio, 30 years ago. It has to be magic, but it's not important. The story is more about the characters, and how the son (a cop) saves the life of his father (a fireman) and tries to solve a serial murder case from 30 years ago. So in some respects it's more of a crime drama. Dennis Quaid does an amazing performance as the father, and James Caviezel plays the son. Don't bother trying to make sense of the science-- it's all bogus and purely peripherial. It's the magic of a son talking to his long-dead father from 30 years ago, and using the medium to change the past to make a better present, that really makes this film a wonder. 

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