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logical_JJ
time_NN
travel_NN
movies_NNS
are_BER
a_DT
near-impossibility_NN
._.
considering_VBG
that_DT
the_DT
skeptic_JJ
's_POS
best_JJS
argument_NN
against_IN
the_DT
possibility_NN
of_IN
time_NN
travel_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
idea_NN
of_IN
altered_JJ
realities_NNS
,_,
writing_VBG
a_DT
script_NN
that_CS
deals_NNS
with_IN
this_DT
problem_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
imposing_JJ
task_NN
._.
occasionally_RB
,_,
we_PP
get_VB
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
does_DOZ
manage_VB
it_PP
._.
terry_NP
gilliam_NP
's_POS
"_"
12_CD
monkeys_NNS
"_"
was_BEDZ
one_CD
such_DT
film_NN
._.
but_CC
more_DT
frequently_RB
,_,
we_PP
get_VB
films_NNS
that_CS
don't_DO
much_DT
deal_NN
with_IN
it_PP
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
one_CD
question_NN
to_IN
ask_VB
in_IN
this_DT
case_NN
:_:
does_DOZ
the_DT
film_NN
have_HV
other_JJ
virtues_NNS
that_CS
override_VB
the_DT
existing_JJ
logical_JJ
inconsistencies_NNS
?_?
the_DT
"_"
terminator_NN
"_"
films_NNS
made_VBN
up_RP
for_IN
them_PP
with_IN
exciting_JJ
action_NN
,_,
"_"
back_NN
to_IN
the_DT
future_NN
"_"
did_DOD
it_PP
with_IN
an_DT
entertaining_JJ
story_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
new_JJ
film_NN
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
pulls_VBZ
off_IN
the_DT
trick_NN
with_IN
a_DT
strong_JJ
package_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
._.
is_BEZ
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
filled_VBN
with_IN
plot_NN
holes_NNS
?_?
yes_UH
._.
does_DOZ
it_PP
matter_VB
?_?
not_XNOT
really_RB
._.
the_DT
film_NN
opens_VBZ
in_IN
october_NP
of_IN
1969_CD
._.
firefighter_NN
frank_NP
sullivan_NP
(_(
dennis_NP
quaid_JJ
)_)
puts_VBZ
his_PP$
life_NN
on_IN
the_DT
line_NN
every_DT
time_NN
he_PP
suits_VBZ
up_RP
for_IN
his_PP$
job_NN
,_,
then_RB
goes_VBZ
home_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
loving_JJ
wife_NN
julia_NP
(_(
elizabeth_NP
mitchell_NP
)_)
and_CC
son_NN
johnny_NP
(_(
daniel_NP
henson_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
double-pronged_JJ
story_NN
flashes_NNS
forward_RB
to_IN
1999_CD
,_,
where_CS
johnny_NP
(_(
now_RB
jim_NP
caviezel_???
)_(
is_BEZ
all_PDT
grown_VBN
up_RP
and_CC
working_VBG
as_IN
a_DT
police_NNS
detective_NN
._.
a_DT
strange_JJ
occurrence_NN
--_???
the_DT
appearance_NN
of_IN
aurora_NP
borealis_NP
over_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
city_NN
--_???
allows_VBZ
father_NN
and_CC
son_NN
to_IN
communicate_VB
through_IN
the_DT
same_DT
ham_NN
radio_NN
frank_NP
used_VBD
in_IN
'69_???
and_CC
that_DT
john_NP
has_HVZ
found_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
present_JJ
day_NN
._.
though_CS
both_RB
are_BER
initially_RB
skeptical_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
idea_NN
,_,
john_NP
eventually_RB
takes_VBZ
this_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
warn_VB
his_PP$
father_NN
against_IN
his_PP$
impending_JJ
death_NN
in_IN
a_DT
warehouse_NN
fire_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
succeeds_VBZ
in_IN
saving_NN
frank_NP
from_IN
certain_JJ
doom_NN
._.
now_RB
flooded_VBN
with_IN
memories_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
full_JJ
life_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
alive_JJ
,_,
john_NP
is_BEZ
initially_RB
overjoyed_JJ
,_,
until_CS
he_PP
discovers_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
changes_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
timeline_JJ
have_HV
been_BEN
disastrous_JJ
:_:
a_DT
serial_NN
killer_NN
that_CS
would_MD
have_HV
died_VBN
has_HVZ
instead_RB
lived_VBN
to_IN
kill_NN
seven_CD
more_DT
women_NNS
._.
frank_NP
and_CC
john_NP
now_RB
must_MD
work_VB
together_RB
to_IN
set_NN
things_NNS
right_JJ
,_,
with_IN
john_NP
using_VBG
the_DT
information_NN
he_PP
has_HVZ
gathered_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
future_NN
to_IN
instruct_VB
frank_NP
on_IN
what_WDT
to_TO
do_DO
in_IN
the_DT
past_NN
._.
the_DT
premise_NN
of_IN
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
unusual_JJ
,_,
and_CC
requires_VBZ
getting_VBG
over_IN
one_CD
very_RB
important_JJ
mental_JJ
hurdle_NN
to_IN
fully_RB
accept_VB
:_:
john_NP
and_CC
frank_NP
are_BER
the_DT
only_RB
ones_NNS
conscious_JJ
of_IN
how_WRB
the_DT
timeline_JJ
has_HVZ
been_BEN
changed_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
result_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
actions_NNS
._.
this_DT
isn't_BEZ
explained_VBN
;_;
you_PP
just_RB
have_HV
to_TO
go_VB
with_IN
it_PP
._.
when_CS
frank_NP
doesn't_DOZ
die_VB
in_IN
a_DT
fire_NN
,_,
john_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
only_RB
one_CD
who_WP
remembers_VBZ
it_PP
differently_RB
,_,
while_CS
everyone_PN
else_RB
remembers_VBZ
it_PP
the_DT
new_JJ
way_NN
._.
the_DT
concept_NN
also_RB
runs_VBZ
into_IN
problems_NNS
concerning_IN
just_RB
how_WRB
synchronous_JJ
the_DT
two_CD
realities_NNS
--_???
1999_CD
and_CC
1999_CD
--_???
are_BER
to_TO
each_DT
other_JJ
._.
sometimes_RB
frank_NP
's_POS
changing_JJ
the_DT
past_NN
results_NNS
in_IN
something_PN
happening_VBG
right_NN
away_RB
in_IN
john_NP
's_POS
world_NN
,_,
and_CC
sometimes_RB
john_NP
gets_VBZ
the_DT
changes_NNS
ahead_RB
of_IN
time_NN
._.
now_RB
,_,
the_DT
filmmakers_NNS
might_MD
have_HV
perfectly_RB
good_JJ
explanations_NNS
for_IN
this_DT
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
could_MD
probably_RB
come_VB
up_RP
with_IN
something_PN
fairly_RB
convoluted_VBN
(_(
but_CC
nevertheless_RB
logical_JJ
)_)
if_CS
i_PP
thought_VBD
about_IN
it_PP
hard_RB
enough_RB
(_(
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
the_DT
reason_NN
john_NP
gets_VBZ
advance_NN
information_NN
of_IN
the_DT
serial_NN
killer_NN
's_POS
murders_NNS
was_BEDZ
because_CS
the_DT
change_NN
had_HVD
already_RB
happened_VBN
in_IN
frank_NP
's_POS
world_NN
,_,
and_CC
john_NP
is_BEZ
only_RB
witnessing_VBG
the_DT
*_???
projection_NN
*_???
of_IN
that_CS
change_NN
)_)
,_,
but_CC
explanations_NNS
aren't_BER
really_RB
the_DT
point_NN
._.
when_CS
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
gets_VBZ
cooking_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
riveting_JJ
little_JJ
thriller_NN
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
confusing_JJ
._.
what_WDT
matters_NNS
to_IN
a_DT
film_NN
like_IN
this_DT
is_BEZ
if_CS
the_DT
plot_NN
makes_VBZ
sense_NN
in_IN
the_DT
moment_NN
,_,
and_CC
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
works_NN
as_IN
long_JJ
as_CS
it_PP
keeps_VBZ
moving_VBG
._.
the_DT
film_NN
manages_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
engaging_JJ
despite_IN
the_DT
logical_JJ
confusion_NN
._.
director_NN
gregory_NP
hoblit_JJ
and_CC
screenwriter_NN
toby_NP
emmerich_NP
structure_NN
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
as_IN
good_JJ
hollywood_NP
entertainment_NN
,_,
establishing_VBG
decent_JJ
,_,
likable_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
making_VBG
us_PP
care_NN
for_IN
them_PP
,_,
and_CC
setting_VBG
up_RP
a_DT
goal_NN
to_IN
be_BE
reached_VBD
and_CC
a_DT
conflict_NN
to_IN
be_BE
resolved_VBD
._.
i_PP
liked_VBD
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
creative_JJ
touches_NNS
:_:
the_DT
split_NN
screens_NNS
,_,
allowing_VBG
us_PP
to_IN
see_NN
how_WRB
the_DT
universe_NN
is_BEZ
being_BEG
affected_VBN
in_IN
both_PDT
realities_NNS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
greater_JJR
framework_NN
of_IN
baseball_NN
to_IN
drive_NN
the_DT
action_NN
forward_RB
._.
it_PP
actually_RB
uses_VBZ
the_DT
1969_CD
mets-orioles_NNS
world_NN
series_NN
(_(
the_DT
one_CD
that_CS
featured_VBN
the_DT
amazin_NP
'_"
mets_???
)_(
to_TO
great_JJ
effect_NN
--_???
frank_NP
uses_NNS
john_NP
's_POS
advance_NN
knowledge_NN
of_IN
the_DT
series_NN
outcome_NN
to_IN
convince_VB
his_PP$
friends_NNS
to_IN
believe_VB
him_PP
._.
(_(
admittedly_RB
,_,
this_DT
device_NN
may_MD
only_RB
be_BE
of_IN
interest_NN
to_IN
a_DT
baseball_NN
fan_NN
like_IN
myself_PPX
._.
)_)
i_PP
even_RB
liked_VBD
the_DT
final_JJ
scene_NN
,_,
which_WDT
features_VBZ
frank_NP
and_CC
john_NP
both_RB
fighting_VBG
the_DT
same_DT
man_NN
simultaneously_RB
in_IN
different_JJ
time_NN
periods_NNS
._.
some_DT
may_MD
find_VB
this_DT
scene_NN
blindingly_RB
confusing_JJ
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
reality_NN
shifts_NNS
start_VB
coming_VBG
fast_RB
and_CC
furious_JJ
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
does_DOZ
make_VB
sense_NN
if_CS
you_PP
think_VB
about_IN
it_PP
(_(
and_CC
give_VB
the_DT
script_NN
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
leeway_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
let_VB
's_NNS
face_NN
it_PP
:_:
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
darn_???
cool_JJ
way_NN
to_IN
end_NN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
enough_RB
surprises_NNS
and_CC
plot_NN
twists_NNS
in_IN
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
to_IN
keep_NN
you_PP
on_IN
your_PP$
toes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
the_DT
movie_NN
avoids_VBZ
growing_JJ
stagnant_JJ
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
major_JJ
thing_NN
to_IN
appreciate_VB
about_IN
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
handling_NN
of_IN
the_DT
father-son_NN
relationship_NN
._.
quaid_JJ
and_CC
caviezel_???
carry_VB
off_IN
their_PP$
parts_NNS
easily_RB
;_;
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
rock-solid_JJ
job_NN
from_IN
both_PDT
actors_NNS
._.
the_DT
relationship_NN
is_BEZ
instantly_RB
credible_JJ
because_CS
they_PP
find_VB
the_DT
human_JJ
truth_NN
behind_IN
the_DT
high_JJ
concept_NN
:_:
how_WRB
would_MD
one_CD
react_VB
to_IN
being_BEG
able_JJ
to_IN
communicate_VB
with_IN
a_DT
dead_JJ
relative_JJ
,_,
or_CC
with_IN
a_DT
future_NN
descendant_NN
?_?
watching_VBG
the_DT
exchanges_NNS
between_IN
frank_NP
and_CC
john_NP
will_MD
give_VB
you_PP
a_DT
pretty_JJ
good_JJ
idea_NN
of_IN
how_WRB
to_TO
answer_VB
that_DT
question_NN
._.
the_DT
credibility_NN
of_IN
the_DT
human_JJ
relationship_NN
is_BEZ
absolutely_RB
crucial_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
;_;
if_CS
we_PP
don't_DO
believe_VB
in_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
we_PP
don't_DO
care_VB
about_IN
the_DT
outcome_NN
of_IN
the_DT
thriller_NN
plot_NN
._.
here_RB
,_,
we_PP
do_DO
care_VB
,_,
because_CS
we_PP
like_VB
the_DT
lead_NN
actors_NNS
._.
i_PP
also_RB
liked_VBD
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
supporting_JJ
cast_NN
members_NNS
._.
elizabeth_NP
mitchell_NP
gets_VBZ
stuck_JJ
with_IN
two_CD
thankless_NN
roles_NNS
,_,
playing_VBG
julia_NP
the_DT
doting_JJ
wife_NN
*_???
and_CC
*_???
mother_NN
,_,
but_CC
still_RB
performs_VBZ
admirably_RB
._.
andre_NP
braugher_NN
,_,
late_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
television_NN
show_VB
"_"
homicide_IN
:_:
life_NN
on_IN
the_DT
street_NN
,_,
"_"
gives_VBZ
a_DT
nice_JJ
supporting_JJ
turn_NN
as_IN
frank_NP
's_POS
best_JJS
friend_NN
and_CC
future_NN
colleague_NN
of_IN
john_NP
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
lovely_JJ
scene_NN
in_IN
a_DT
diner_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
he_PP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
explain_VB
the_DT
situation_NN
to_IN
julia_NP
while_CS
frank_NP
's_POS
world_NN
series_NN
predictions_NNS
come_VB
true_JJ
before_IN
his_PP$
very_RB
eyes_NNS
._.
braugher_NN
strikes_NNS
the_DT
perfect_JJ
facial_JJ
expression_NN
here_RB
,_,
simultaneously_RB
dismayed_JJ
and_CC
amused_JJ
._.
perhaps_RB
the_DT
only_RB
thing_NN
i_CD
didn't_DOD
like_CS
about_IN
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
overly_RB
sentimental_JJ
coda_NN
,_,
during_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
camera_NN
's_POS
focus_NN
goes_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
too_RB
soft_JJ
and_CC
the_DT
baseball_NN
theme_NN
gets_VBZ
carried_VBN
overboard_RB
._.
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
only_RB
because_CS
the_DT
film_NN
had_HVD
already_RB
earned_VBN
a_DT
poignancy_NN
without_IN
resorting_VBG
to_IN
cheap_JJ
tactics_NNS
._.
i_PP
freely_RB
acknowledge_VB
that_CS
"_"
frequency_NN
"_"
may_MD
best_JJS
work_NN
as_IN
a_DT
"_"
guy_NN
"_"
movie_NN
,_,
since_CS
it_PP
focuses_VBZ
on_IN
the_DT
very_RB
male-oriented_VBN
idea_NN
of_IN
father-son_NN
relationships_NNS
(_(
echoes_NNS
of_IN
"_"
field_NN
of_IN
dreams_NNS
"_"
can_MD
be_BE
easily_RB
heard_VBN
)_)
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
underlying_JJ
concept_NN
is_BEZ
universally_RB
applicable_JJ
._.
who_WP
wouldn't_MD
want_VB
to_IN
speak_VB
with_IN
a_DT
long-dead_NN
parent_NN
?_?
or_CC
see_VB
how_WRB
their_PP$
children_NNS
turn_VB
out_RP
?_?
"_"
tell_VB
me_PP
about_IN
your_PP$
life_NN
,_,
son_NN
"_"
--_???
excuse_NN
me_PP
while_CS
i_PP
mist_NN
up_RP
._.
and_CC
don't_DO
call_VB
me_PP
a_DT
sissy_NN
._.
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