The Fugitive is in my personal opinion one of the most fun action packed thrillers that have ever been made. This film has almost everything that a thriller should have. There are the tense action sequences with extremely tense music. But there isnt just tense music in the action scenes but through every scene in the film really. Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones race through this breathless manhunt movie inspired by one classic TV series and which in turn inspired yet another. Ford is prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who committed the crime. Jones (the 1993 Academy Award, Golden Globe and Los Angeles Film Critics Award winner as Best Supporting Actor) is Sam Gerard, an unrelented bloodhound of a U.S. marshal. They are hunted and hunter. And as directed by Andrew Davis, their nonstop chase has one exhilarating speed: all-out.
Harrison Ford was good as Richard Kimble but I personally believe that he could have been a bit better but he was still good though. If Harrison nor Tommy was in this film, this film wouldnt have turned out half as good as it really is. Tommy Lee Jones was absolutely outstanding in his Oscar nominated performance as Marshal Sam Gerard because Sam is like a stubborn and obsessive character who just wants to get what he wants and even will get what he needs like he needs to get Richard to get better at his job. As good as Tommy was in this film, I think that Leonardo DiCaprio should have won for Whats Eating Gilbert Grape?. I am not saying that because DiCaprio is my third favourite actor but because I thought he was better and stronger with his performance. This film shows about the difference between villains and heroes because everyone thinks Richard is a villain but he really isnt. He is innocent but Sam just does his job but acts a bit of a criminal because he states that he doesnt care about what happens to people in this world which is quite bad for a US Marshal. I could easily feel the chemistry between Richard and Sam because they are both completely different personalities and that they both try to achieve two different goals. Richard tries to mystify his wifes murder while he is fugitive and Sam just tries to find him and catch him. Also, I dont know why but I could feel that they somehow knew each other in the past, like in their childhood or something. When we first see Richard and Sam in a scene together when Richard says "I didnt kill my wife." and Sam said "I dont care". That quote shows that Sam only wants to get what he wants by getting him not by seeing Richard's guilt or innocence of the crime he committed.
Harrison and Tommys on screen partnership is one of my favourites because it is a total clash of characters. I simply love cat-and-mouse, fugitive and chasing films an awful lot because they are obviously tense but are a load of fun aswell. No Country For Old Men is similar because of the cat-and-mouse game that Anton plays against Llewelyn. This film has achieved a lot for me like one of my favourite thrillers, one of my favourite on-screen partnership, one of my favourite cat-and-mouse films, made Tommy Lee Jones one of my favourite actors (Harrison Ford already is) but mostly it has become one of my favourite films of all time.