I love stories about time travel. There is something about going back in time and changing history or someone’s life that just appeals to me. I love watching the set up events unfold and then watch for the changes after they have been altered. I can certainly think of a few decisions I would go back and change if I could – if I knew I would still meet the man who became my husband and that nothing bad would happen to my loved ones! Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I knew about my attention deficit disorder sooner or if I had taken library sciences classes in college. Would I have been able to improve the things in my life that went bad, or would I get to the same point eventually? There are a lot of books, movies, and TV shows about time travel and about changing life events (Stephen King has one out called 11/22/63 that I haven’t read yet but will soon), like The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Sliding Doors and Groundhog Day, and it is hard for me to pick a favorite. The one I picked to write about today is from 2000 and is called Frequency.
Frequency is about a family torn apart by tragedy and the lengths a father and son will take to make things right. It stars Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel as the Sullivan father and son. Dennis Quaid’s character is a fire fighter who dies in a warehouse fire when his son was a young boy. Jim Caviezel plays the son who grew up to be a police officer. One magical night they are both on the ham radio 30 years apart when a strange electrical storm in the sky links their signal and they talk to each other. The information the son gives the father changes their lives when he does not die in that fire, but something else happened that changed history, and the boy’s mother, played by Elizabeth Mitchell, is killed a few days later by a serial killer. The rest of the film goes from the father’s time to the son’s time as they both try to figure out what they did, save lives, and stop the murderer. It is both a thriller and an emotionally moving film. The tone was consistent the whole way through and events seemed to flow naturally out of what had already happened. I was very pleased with the ending.
Given my love for stories like this, it is no wonder that I enjoy and love this movie. I recommend it to anyone who is also drawn to the idea of fixing a mistake or communicating with someone who is gone. There are a lot of these stories out there, once you start looking.