Cinema: Frequency

Directed by Gregory Hoblit

In 1969 a New York City fireman (Dennis Quaid) dies in a warehouse blaze. Or maybe he doesn't. Maybe he enters a parallel universe. For in 1999 his son, a cop (Jim Caviezel), gets in touch with him, thanks to ham radio (and our suspended disbelief), and tells him how to avoid his fate. But rejigger a tiny piece of the past, and new problems arise. Suddenly, father and son are messily involved with a serial killer. Working-class Queens is a surprising, effective sci-fi setting, but the jumbled storyline is hard to track. Finally you give up on it--and, alas, on...

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