Dear The Fugitive,
While it has been more than 10 years since you were released in theaters, the magic that you created on screen never grows old. In fact, there are movies like U.S. Marshalls that have been made as sequels to your success, but they have fallen short of such recognition. That is what distinguishes you from so many films of the same genre; you are a cult-classic film that everyone remembers because you produced a story that is both tragic, yet touching. There are few films that can craft that artistry into impeccable splendor; but you are one of them.
One of the things that you did so well was cultivating a human element. There is nothing magical or fictitious about your story. Instead you present a story that takes place anywhere across this country. There is nothing more compelling than to see a murder executed to perfection. That is how you begin to unravel this incredible story of determination, greed, and character. How can you not love and feel for a film’s protagonist that has lost everything dear to him, yet still fights with everything that he has? It is quite natural to want to inflict pain after suffering the loss of a loved one through murder, and your best friend has set you up as the murderer. This is where you surprised me most, though; because you did not present Dr. Kimble as a man hungry for revenge.
Instead, you develop an intellectual game of cat and mouse. This is a story line that can be found in so many films, but few films do it well. More impressively, you create a game of cat and mouse within the game itself. This was even more impressive to watch because you have a fugitive who is wanted, but also wants to be pursued because only he can bring the lawmen closer to who they really need to hunt down. This was a screenplay that was executed to perfection because with each new piece of evidence that was found, you just continued to raise my curiosity of what would happen next.
In many ways, great films are like great books. If you are intrigued by the story lines that develop in the beginning, you will be interested in continuing to watch until the end. What’s great about your story is that you share everything you have to tell. From Dr. Kimble’s tragic loss, to his triumph of defending his innocence, you have a screenplay and cinematography that work so effortlessly together. Films like U.S. Marshalls were made to add to the cinematic excellence that you have achieved. However, when you have a film that produced an incredible screenplay, and instantly made itself a cult classic in American film, it’s very difficult for a sequel-intended film to achieve the same success. The timeliness of your compelling story is what makes you a must-see film no matter where you are, or what year it is. If you have a film with that element to it, it is a clear entry into the pantheon of great films.
With much love,