The Fugitive Review: A hasty remake that no one asked for.
Sajid Ali -
When a bomb rips through the Los Angeles subway train he’s riding on, blue-collar Mike Ferro just wants to make sure his wife, Allison, and 10-year-old daughter, Pearl, are safe. But the faulty evidence on the ground and “tweet-now, confirm-later” journalism paint a nightmarish picture: it looks to all the world that Mike was responsible for the heinous act. Wrongfully—and very publicly—accused, Mike must prove his innocence by uncovering the real perpetrator, before the legendary cop heading the investigation can apprehend him.
CLICK TO STREAM Format: Originals Platform: Quibi Movie Rated: 18+ Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery Language: English Digital Premiere Date: 3 August 2020
What is the story about?
An innocent man is on the run, desperate to clear his name. An LAPD cop is determined to track him down. The chase to survival and to uncover the real perpetrator forms the crux of the story directed by Stephen Hopkins and developed by Nick Santora for Quibi.
We see Keifer Sutherland playing the hard cop Clay Bryce and he did what he’s good at. Yelling orders and drive around the city chasing terrorists. It looked like I was watching a quick run of “24” all over again. Whereas, Boyd Holbrook, on the other hand, did a pretty decent job as Mike Ferro the man on the run. Not that he was bad; it’s just that there was hardly any time for character building. Such was the case with Natalie Martinez and the rest of the supporting cast which includes, Genesis Rodriguez and Tiya Sircar. All the characters were splurged in a rapid action that you don’t get time to gauge the acting chops. The makers hardly put in effort in character building.
The most unique part of the series is its runtime. Seven minutes per episode on an average. There are a couple of episodes which runs for a short 5 minutes. If you put together all the episodes it sums up to an average runtime of an English film which is 104 minutes.
If you may ask, why the rush? It’s what Quibi stands for, “Quick Bites. Big Stories.” Before you could comprehend with an incident the episode ends. But that didn’t bother me much, as it keeps you going if you decide to wait for all the episodes to come through and then binge it.
The Fugitive series is just a new development based on the 1963 television series and the 1993 film of the same name. If there’s a race this show sprints like a bolt of lightning. A racy screenplay that keeps you hooked for the entire time. But it fails to establish a connection with its characters. It rushes through all the corners just to keep the story on its toes. If this was presented as a film would’ve been even better but with the platform's requirement the 14 episodes surely do the job. It’s better to wait and catch them all than watch them one by one each day. You click, play and in no time the episode ends. And most of the episodes take huge leaps of logic. Cinematic liberty was at large. But, it manages to sail through due to its racy bites of episodes, thanks to Quibi.
Music and other Departments
Nothing, in particular, the music was generic so was the VFX. But I liked the cinematography and the colour tone they chose for the show. Editing was definitely cutthroat, I’m sure the editors must’ve had a good time cutting these tiny bites.
Obviously, the short and crisp episodes which manage to cover up the flawed ad illogical screenplay.
Logic takes a big hit. No one but Quibi is to blame for its format that pushed the makers split this film format into tiny streams of episodes.
Did I enjoy it?
I won’t lie, I did enjoy it. Still, trying to make sense of it. Quibi is exclusively available only on mobile devices and their interface is neat and adaptive.
Do I recommend it and why?
I recommend it, a quick fix of entertainment during the metro ride home.