Film / Freejack

An 1992 sci-fi film directed by Geoff Murphy, starring Emilio Estevez as Alex, Mick Jagger as Vacendak, Anthony Hopkins as McCandless, and Rene Russo as The Chick. The film is a dystopic Cyber Punk film supposedly based on Immortality Inc. by Robert Sheckley.

The plot revolves around Alex Furlong, a race-car driver in 1991 who, seconds before a horrific car crash that would kill him instantly, is transported to the far-flung and horrifically Dystopian Cyber Punk Polluted Wasteland future of... umm, New York 2009, where he discovers his body is to be harvested to ensure the survival of dying billionaire Ian McCandless, and must evade McCandless' mercenaries led by Vacendak.

Provides examples of:

  • Acoustic License: Alex's drunken ranting is overheard by a news crew from across the floor of a nightclub with pounding music. They then interview him at the bar with no problem.
  • Artificial Afterlife: The "Spiritual Switchboard" is a computer system that allows the rich to maintain their minds alive after death. The catch is that the system can only support them for a few days at most, so these rich men are turning to pulling a Grand Theft Me and putting their minds into new bodies.
  • Chase Scene: A car chase is had with Vacendak trying to capture Alex.
  • Church Militant: The sweary, blasphemous nun nicknamed Sister Mary Shotgun. Played by Amanda Plummer.
  • Fanservice Extra: A girl walks by in a bar whose "shirt" consists of a few small tattoos.
  • Grand Theft Me: McCandless has Alex kidnapped for this purpose.
  • I Lied: Delivered with scene-chewing glee by Mick Jagger.
  • I Want My Jet Pack: The setting is the far-off time of 2009.
  • Inside a Computer System: Rich dead people's death is postponed for three days by planting their consciousness into "The Spiritual Switchboard".
  • Mercy Lead: Vacendak gives Alex a five minute start when he saves Vacendak's life.
  • Never Found the Body: Alex's status when he is taken from the past, much to his manager Carter's dismay as he couldn't collect the life insurance on him.
  • Noble Demon: Vacendak.
  • One Bullet Left: When Alex and Julie realize that Michelette's men are going to kill them when their elevator arrives at the lobby, Alex notes that he has only one bullet. He then jokes that their killers might get into a line.
  • Showing Off the New Body: When McCandless' mind is downloaded into Alex Furlong's body. Though Alex is just faking it.
  • Taking You with Me: Fatally wounded Boone blows himself up, taking several mercenaries with him.
  • Time Travel Escape: Alex is taken from the timestream moments before his historical death in a horrific car crash, so no one would miss him. Of course, Alex is hardly being "rescued" so much as "harvested", but the net result is the same.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: While the movie tries to keep McCandless's villainy as a surprise, the trailers reject that notion.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: "The Good Lord always says to turn the other cheek." *Groin Attack* "But he never had to deal with dickheads like you."
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Funnily enough, 2009 looks far more like The '80s than the turn of the millennium. Particularly when looking at the hairdos of the extras.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Inevitably, a gigantic electronic one on the side of a skyscraper.
  • We Will Have Euthanasia in the Future: An advertisement for Dial A Suicide can be seen at one stage.
  • Wisdom from the Gutter: Alex gets a pep talk from a homeless bum after his dive in the river.