Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbe, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore
Director: Andrew Davis
Summary: A man is forced to go on the run after being falsely accused of killing his wife
Other Nominations: Supporting Actor (Jones)*, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound, Cinematography, Film Editing
The Fugitive is an entertaining thriller that’s always driving forward with two outstanding lead performances who play really well off each other. Ford is his reliable intelligent every-man action hero self here, which is always great to see but the real standout is Jones who plays his character with all the determination and competency of Inspector Javert except that he has a soul. While it can certainly get implausible at times, it moves along quickly enough and with such energy and a great character dynamic that it doesn’t end up ever bothering you.
If I had a complaint, it would be that at 130 minutes, it feel a little too long; that, and there are one too many “you think the police are going to find Kimble but they’re actually going after another criminal” fake-outs. It’s consistently enjoyable and the lead performances and characters elevate what would have probably been just an average thriller.