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Plot: A naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter. Runtime: 112 mins Release Date: 12 Feb 1999
The epitome of what Hollywood does better than anyone (by pachl)
Five and a half years ago I moved from Chicago to Europe. Europeans have a different taste in movies. To be blunt, they have a BS Meter that reads off the chart. When something doesn't ring true, when it's contrived and phony, they react harshly.Europeans also despise American "heart warming" anything... They simply aren't as optimistic as we are, and hence don't believe in so many happy endings.Now, despite all this, Blast From The Past, a movie that is immersed in charm, style and wit, without ever resorting to bathroom humor, passed with flying colors. This is a <more>
movie whose charm cannot be overstated. It is a triumph of film making.You probably know the general story: Brendan Fraser's parents hid in their backyard fallout shelter when they feared the Cuban missile crisis was about to explode bad pun . Thirty five years later, Brendan is sent out in the world to bring back supplies. He is told the world will be full of death, decay, misery, and probably mutants.Whoops. Guess not.Brendan starts out like a lost puppy dog, but thanks to a skillful screenplay, great acting and directing, he never becomes an object of ridicule. He is simply inexperienced and pure of heart. After all, he's been living apart from society his whole life. We have to give him a break.What sets this movie apart is how it doesn't run scared from "what if" scenarios. For example, in lesser hands this might have degenerated into some sappy, forgettable comedy. But everyone involved seems to have been on the top of their game. It's like a jigsaw puzzle and all the pieces fit together flawlessly. This movie doesn't coldly and calculatingly create warmth and charm; it simply possesses it...in abundance, like a priceless work of art that seems more discovered than created.I have never met anyone who didn't like this movie. I am really surprised the overall rating isn't higher. Under no circumstances could I imagine giving this movie less than an 8.My rating is a 10, because 11 is off the scale.I wish more Hollywood movies were like this.P.S. If you read this review, let me know with Helpful or Not Helpful vote. Thanks. I am interested in how many people really read these reviews.
The premise is absurd but the picture is played with such charming whimsy that it pulls you right along. Brendan Fraser uses his size and somewhat goofy personality to make Adam believable as a big overgrown child in a man's body. He and Alicia Silverstone have a nice vibe with her worldliness playing well off his innocence. As his parents who spend the majority of the movie in a bomb shelter Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek are simply swell, an utterly adorable couple who react very differently to their confinement but are a joy whenever they are on screen. A sweet, breezy film with <more>
the underlying message to respect each other and enjoy the world around you.
Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone make a great couple in this hilarious romance. Brendan Fraser does good as playing a guy who never seen the light of day for 35 years. Alicia Silverstone is good as Fraser's love interest and she was very cool. Sissy Spasek and Christopher Walken are good as Fraser's parents and I enjoyed their presence. dave Foley is good for when he's there.Overall the movie is a fun comedy/romance and I enjoyed it a lot. Rating 9 out of 10.
I love this sweet, romantic movie! (by GraceFromSoCal)
"Blast from the Past" does what it set out to do and it does it beautifully. The whole premise i.e., a man who was born and raised underground with no contact other than his parents for 30+ years, only to go "above" and find himself in today's world is brilliant.Brendan Fraser is perfect as Adam--sweet, naive, and trusting--and reinforces my feelings that he is a very underrated actor. I love Adam's reactions to modernisms that he encounters for the first time, such as the "other man's underwear" scene, the idea that Troy could have a, gasp, <more>
COMPUTER! right there in his house, or the "Well good for you!" about Troy being gay.Alicia Silverstone is wonderful as Eve, as are Sissy Spacek and Christopher Walken as Adam's parents, and the rest of the cast.It's hard for me to grasp why some folks don't like this movie! In my opinion, it's truly refreshing to see a movie where its main character has manners and class, and does not have to rely on today's standards such as swearing to carry the movie.If you're in the mood to see a cute romantic comedy, do yourself a favor and watch this movie!
The name of this film is rubbish, the synopsis makes it sound like a really tired idea, and I'm not really a huge fan of Brendan Fraser.But, you know what, this was great fun in an eek, dare I say it, wholesome family sort of way, and the way films used to be made - something for everyone, lots of very original funny bits, some little digs at the American psyche.So, overall it's a happy, fun and thoughtful little film that deserves much better than the 6.5ish average it gets here. Fraser is superb, Spacek is hilarious, and Christopher Walken is, well, Christopher Walken, but I <more>
can't help but love his stuff...Put your cynicism to one side and just enjoy a sweet, very classy little movie that has great heart and doesn't over-Hollywood itself.
Blast From the Past: A Funny Comedy With a Sweet Soul (by scr555)
Blast From the Past is one of those films that succeeds on every level. The script and direction work in concert with a superb cast to tell a touching and original story about a man raised in a fallout shelter who has to cope with life in America in the 1990s. Heading the cast is Brendan Fraser, who's pitch-perfect as naif Adam Webber, who's spent 35 years growing up in a fallout shelter after his father mistakenly assumes nuclear war broke out back in 1962. Fraser is wonderful, but so is everyone else in the cast. Alicia Silverstone has one of her best-ever roles as the cynical Eve, <more>
who reluctantly befriends Adam. Dave Foley is a delight as Eve's gay best friend, Troy. Equally impressive are Christopher Walken as Adam's brilliant but daffy father, and Sissy Spacek as Adam's sweet, long suffering mom. Even the smallest roles are well-acted, with special kudos to Joey Slotnik, Nathan Fillion, the two beautiful blondes Adam dances with in the nightclub scene, the deadpan grocery clerk at the meat counter, and the nutty guy Adam sits next to on his first bus ride. It's also got an unbeatable soundtrack, and a story that never loses steam until its sweetly ironic ending. It's also one of those rare comedies that doesn't have a mean moment in it. It's refreshingly sweet and achingly funny; a real winner that deserved the good reviews it got when it came out. It's one of those films whose reputation will only grow with time. Don't miss it.
What a wonderful film! "Blast from the Past" is charming, sweet, and hilarious. Very funny. The premise is original and interesting, and I thought the film was engrossing and thoroughly entertaining -- I laughed out loud several times. Brendan Fraser is perfectly cast as the goofy, innocent Adam. Alicia Silverstone is better than she's ever been, I'm certainly no fan of her, but she did a more than okay job in this film. But the really ingenious casting decision was to give the roles of Adam's parents to Sissy Spacek and the always brilliant Christopher Walken -- I dare <more>
say that the casting of Spacek and Walken in this film is the _opposite_ of type casting, :- .I really, really liked this film because it is genuinely entertaining, and it is never boring. Brilliant comedy in other words. 8/10
If there was an Oscar for "best little comedy"... (by G )
..."Blast" would have likely won. It boasts excellence in all aspects of the film from story to casting to acting to sets to costumes, music, etc. This tight, creative, unpretentious, and lightly romantic comedy romp between a hip "new millennium" chick and an old fashioned stuck-in-a-fallout-shelter-for-35-years guy is a breath of fresh Hollywood air deserving of it's critical acclaim.
Terrific fun time-hopping fish out of water tale. (by Ben_Cheshire)
See the movie to find out why, but Brendan Fraser's crazy dad has had him underground for thirty years in an elaborate bomb shelter, so that when Brendan finally goes upstairs in the 90's to get more supplies for his parents, he's in for a bit of a shock.Christopher Walken is wonderful as the crazy, atomic-age inventor. Alicia Silverstone deserves to be on screen more - she's cute and sassy as the love interest, but still pulls funny faces with her mouth. Brendan Fraser was a perfect choice for the biggest fish out of water ever. His fresh-faced naivety is so convincing. <more>
He's larger than life, and sometimes so naive its corny, but he's consistent, so it works. Depending on what mood you're in, Sissy Spacek's part adds psychological depth to the movie or detracts a tad from the fun.This movie is not at all implausible. There were many people as scared as Christpher Walken during the 60's. In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy and Khruschev were one button press away from blowing us all to smithereens see Thirteen Days for a historically accurate portrayal of this . And Walken's character is set up as crazy enough to build and stock his shelter with 30 years worth of supplies.8/10. Terrific fun time-skipping romantic comedy buoyed by the personality of Fraser - perfect to watch with a sweetheart, or with family on a warm weekend in.