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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling & Funny & a 'net' relationship before its time!, 5 Aug 2006
This review is from: Jumpin' Jack Flash [DVD][1987] (DVD)
As other reviews has mentioned this is a thrilling and hilariously funny film. There's plenty of danger and mystery, but with great humour along the way. A perfect combination. A film that is serious but knows how to balance the fun, making the whole film an entertaining and enjoyable experience to watch. It's unforgetable really and a real classic. I highly reccomend it!

Please note the following observation contains HEAVY SPOILERS.

Forget You've Got Mail, Sliding Doors and all those other supposed internet relationship films. Here is a film that really hits the nail on the head as to the real progression of a relationhip that starts on a computer, before the internet was even really in use! (if it was, she would of used a search engine to find the lyrics to that song in 5 seconds. It's good thing she couldn't do that). Of course it's more of a 'network' relationship than an internet relationship but the basis is exactly the same. Films like You've Got Mail etc. rely on the two people involved living on each others doorsteps or having met before in some form etc. The reality is since computers can reach far across the world, it's now possible to talk to someone who isn't conveniently living next door, but clear across the country or even the other side of the world.

With the main protagonist working in a bank in the US and Jack, a British Intelligence agent stranded in Eastern Europe, these two certainly aren't going to be casually bumping into each other while buying a morning newspaper! They're total strangers only communicating through words, yet they'll both find words can be pretty powerful.

Their communication starts off as text and despite this limitation they get a feeling for each others personality, to the point where they can guess each others responces (example: Terri turning away from the screen and still responding to his messages by guessing his reaction to her silence).

Text then progresses to voice (in a way) as she hears him on his answering machine and from then on has a voice to go with the personality.

After this of course she'll want to meet him. People who are extremely far apart can have alot of difficulties to overcome before they can be together, such as financial issues and so on. But Terri has to defeat the KGB! But of course she's become so attached to him through his words, that she'll do anything for him.

And so her next big challenge is the first meeting (more scary and dangerous than the KGB? Perhaps. Those breadsticks certainly suffered). After this fails she says a line that most would probably say about a relationship that starts on a computer "hey its just text on a computer, why should it mean anything?". But she can't forget how it made her feel. And although it begins as love at first type, it ends as love at first sight.

A film before its time I'd say.
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