Though it features good aerial photography and dynamic stunt work, FREEFALL makes international intrigue and Interpol manhunts seem about as exciting as bumping into someone else's cart at the grocery store.
Wildlife photographer Katy Mazur (Pamela Gidley) gets a plum assignment from her magazine publisher-fiance Dex (Jeff Fahey), who sends her to Africa to photograph a rare and endangered species of bird. There she meets rugged Grant Orion (Eric Roberts), who gives her a crash course in both bird
watching and love-making. What Katy doesn't realize is that Dex has really sent her to Africa to retrieve a secret list of multinational assassins, and that Grant's name might be on it.
Drugged by Grant's associates--he later claims they were treating her for fever--Katy wakes up to find herself the subject of an international police investigation. Katy finds Grant skulking around her hotel, and they're attacked by unseen assailants. Although her bags and film are confiscated,
the list of hit men is nowhere to be found. Katy joins Dex in England and, at a cricket match at Wembley, Katy is once again rescued by Grant from phony guards, who mow down Dex and most of Katy's protectors. Grant hides her in his fortified loft, where they're attacked again, and Grant has to
blow up his own place so they can escape.
Intercepted and taken into protective custody, Grant and Katy are flown to the Pyrenees. Grant escapes yet again, and Katy is surprised to find Dex alive; he claims to work for Interpol and injects Katy with truth serum. Dex extracts the list of hit men from her memory (she was fed the names
while drugged in Africa) and Grant returns to prevent Dex from giving Katy a second fatal injection. The chase is on. Katy whacks Dex with a stick; Dex and Grant end up on a steep cliff, and Dex plunges to his death. Grant survives to live happily ever after with Katy.
Despite its action/adventure plot, FREEFALL is an unusually dull movie. All three stars deliver wooden performances at odds with the terrifying experiences their characters are meant to be undergoing; these pretty people sleepwalk through a superficial, attractively photographed, escapist spy
story that lacks any real punch and is never remotely believable. The director only seems interested in the film's action sequences, which are strung together so carelessly that FREEFALL never garners any momentum. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity, extensive nudity, sexual situations.)
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