After a doctor is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, a crash while he is being transported to a different prison allows him to escape. A relentless U.S. marshal is given the task of hunting him down, but the doctor successfully eludes the police and settles into his new life on the run. As government agents circle ever closer, the doctor begins trying to unravel the mystery of who really killed his wife, desperate to stay free long enough to bring the real killer to justice.
The Fugitive is an exceptional thriller--one of the best ever made. All of the main characters feel fully developed, most notably Tommy Lee Jones as the no nonsense U.S. marshal hunting the fugitive down. The train wreck and the dam jumping scenes are both classics of their kind, and stand out even in a movie with many suspenseful action scenes. The story is brilliantly constructed and chillingly believable.
The only problem with the film is a handful of blasphemies and the high number of mild swear words. The rest of the content is not enough to be problematic for appropriate viewers: The violence is intense but not excessive. The suspense in this film is relentless and might get to some people. A vivid flashback shows the doctor kissing his wife in bed. If it weren't for the language issues, I would recommend this film for those who like thrillers.
(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner