Blast from the Past

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * · · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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Ok, Blast From the Past is two hours of sky watching euphoria leading to a great dance sequence. We get Alicia Silverstone who proves that two hours of pouting wont give you too bad a face cramp, and Brendan Fraser who cant seem to get the perfect mix of George Baily and Forest Gump so he just yells a lot at black postal workers and bus patrons. The characters are quite shallow, even to the point of just telling you the background in a sentence or two "This is Troy, hes Gay". The only characters that really were fun to watch were the parents. Christopher Walken does a great job as the protective father who spends his 35 years fixing ceilings and reading gauges while his wife learns all the subtleties of alcohol and shuffle board. The movie also follows the life of a man who goes from a soda jockey at a malt shop to a born again bum who worships the elevator. Unfortunately the two main characters took down the rest of the film or it could have been a lot better. The DVD is a 2.35 to 1 16x9 enhanced transfer with a pretty good 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack. There are no real extras worth a damn, but it is still a pretty good disc if you can take the film. Overall it may be worth a rental if you really arent looking for much, but there are a lot more creative movies out there right now.