Forever Young

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"Time waits for no man, but true love waits forever."
  • PG
  • 1992
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 6.3  (49,818)

In the 1992 movie Forever Young, Mel Gibson plays a test pilot named Captain Daniel McCormick, who goes into a cryogenic sleep in 1939, just before the start of World War II, after the love of his life dies. His intent is to awaken in a future where he can find a cure for the illness that killed his girlfriend, so that he can finally live out his life with her. However, he gets awoken in the present day by two young boys, Nat and Felix, who seek refuge in his secluded laboratory, initially mistaking it for a haunted house. He quickly adapts to the modern world, yet struggles with the realization that his entire world is now different and everyone he once knew and loved, including his girlfriend, is now gone.

As he learns to live in the present day, Captain McCormick befriends a single mother and a recovering WWII veteran named Helen (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) and her son Nat (played by a young Elijah Wood). The trio experience several adventures as they learn to navigate the changes that the world has undergone in the past 50 years.

Captain McCormick ultimately decides to reenlist in the military as test pilot, using his experience and knowledge gained during his cryogenic sleep to help benefit the military. Through his service in the Air Force, he ultimately discovers a way to reverse the cryogenic process, and make it possible for people cryogenically frozen in the past to be brought back to the present day.

Forever Young is a heartfelt tale of love, loss, and the desire to persevere in a world that is often daunting and unknown. The film's exploration of the themes of love and loss is particularly poignant, as Captain McCormick struggles with his place in the world after 50 years of being frozen in time. Gibson's portrayal of McCormick perfectly captures the sense of dislocation that comes from being thrust into a time and place that is so different from what he knew.

Jamie Lee Curtis delivers a standout performance as Helen, the mother of Nat, and her chemistry with Gibson helps to elevate the film. Her portrayal of a woman trying to make ends meet while raising her son provides the movie with a lighthearted and optimistic edge.

Finally, Elijah Wood's performance as Nat is both endearing and heartfelt, as he plays a boy who is wise beyond his years, yet still succumbs to childlike wonder when experiencing new things with McCormick. He is a young actor at the time and his natural talent was already apparent.

Forever Young takes viewers on an emotional journey, exploring the bonds of love and the indomitable human spirit. This is a movie that has a positive message for audiences of all ages and can be enjoyed by families as well. Forever Young is a classic movie that is sure to leave a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of viewers for generations to come.

Forever Young is a 1992 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    1 hr 42 min
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    6.3  (49,818)