Race Against Time

Network Premier: July 23, 2000
Race Against Time
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Synopsis

TNT premieres the futuristic action thriller “Race Against Time,” Sunday, 7/23/00 at 8:00PM ET/PT. In an attempt to save his dying son, Jim Gabriel (Eric Roberts) makes a deadly pact with the powerful organ-harvesting organization Lifecorps: They provide him with the money to pay his son’s skyrocketing medical bills, and at the end of one year they come and collect Gabriel’s body. Tragically, before the ink is even dry on the contract, Gabriel discovers Lifecorps has deceived him by concealing news of his son’s death. Unable to break his contract, our hero is on the run from Lifecorps, its merciless leader Dr. Anton Stofeles (Chris Sarandon) and his henchman Burke (Cary Elwes), a vicious tracker. Gabriel’s luck changes when he saves the life of a beautiful but tough bounty hunter named Alex (Sarah Wynter). He then finds another ally in Helen Steele (Diane Venora), a rising star in the corporation who doesn’t agree with the doctor’s win-at-any-cost philosophy.

Dove Review

Several credibility gaps diminish what could have been an intriguing action thriller. For example: The good guys crash a barricaded building by smashing an SUV through a window. After the guards blast it with machine gun fire, they open the doors, only to discover that the vehicle is empty. The screenplay never explains how they got out. And there is no way they could have jumped out without being noticed. I guess the producers figure we are just too stupid to question it. And that’s just one example. Another problem is the overwhelming amount of violence this film contains. With elements of “Logan’s Run” and “The Running Man,” plus an engaging performance by Mr. Roberts, this was on its way to being an entertaining film. Alas, it becomes little more than a violent, implausible depiction of a bleak future, where lawbreakers save the world.

Content Description

Language: SOB 3, pissed off 1, expletives 2 – Sex: a kissing scene while in bed, but he stops it before it goes further - Violence: the lead’s son dies off camera; several killings by corporate guards; a man is killed at close range; another is shot with a stun gun; the villain hits a subordinate; a man falls off a high-rise to his death; the lead punches his jerk boss; the guards kill an innocent man, thinking he is the one they are hunting; car chases, machine gun fire, explosions, sword play and martial arts battles.

Info

Company: Turner Network Television
Director: Geoff Murphy
Producer: David Rosemont
Genre: Action
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: TV-14
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright