"Low-Budget Suspense Thriller"
What You Need To Know:
FINAL FREQUENCY has some good jeopardy and good acting. However, some lackluster production values, including distracting melodramatic music, reduce the movie’s effectiveness. FINAL FREQUENCY has a strong moral, patriotic worldview with some redemptive elements. The heroine not only tries to rescue a kidnap victim. She also protects other people from harm. In addition, she works to defeat the humanist villain’s efforts to play God and carry out his Darwinist plot to ensure that the strongest people on Earth will rule. Finally, the movie promotes repentance, love and equality. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children because of some violence and intense suspense in FINAL FREQUENCY.
Set in Los Angeles, FINAL FREQUENCY follows a science professor who gets kidnapped by nefarious people who want to use his research on Nikola Tesla to harm people and push a humanist agenda, but one of the professor’s grad students tries to rescue him and warn people about the threat from the bad guys. FINAL FREQUENCY has some good jeopardy and good acting, with a strong moral, patriotic worldview containing redemptive elements, but the production values and melodramatic music are weak, and there’s some strong violence requiring caution for older children.
The movie begins by setting the stage with a text explaining what kind of scientist Nikola Tesla was. Tesla was the man who virtually invented the alternating current in the late 1800s, which is the alternating current in your electrical socket . Cut to modern day. A man gets blasted with some type of sound wave gun that convinces him he must jump off a rooftop. Regrettably, he does, and then the main title flashes.
A voiceover explains that an economic summit, the G-20 international summit of 20 major countries, will take place in the heart of Los Angeles in just a few days. Cut to a female a graduate student named Esther. Esther goes to visit her ex-military brother who’s in a veteran’s home struggling with PTSD. It’s clear she’s trying to make an effort to connect.
At a local university, Stuart Conrad, Esther’s college professor, lectures on Nikola Tesla’s scientific advancements as students test his knowledge with probing questions. In the next scene, viewers learn that Esther works with Professor Conrad on various projects. However, Esther has noticed a particular rise in seismic activity that’s very suspicious.
When Professor Conrad is kidnapped, Esther does some digging on her own and uncovers a message from Conrad via QR code that reveals his research is under attack. Esther continues to bump into Cyrus Slanton, a man who claims he’s looking out for her best interest when it comes to Conrad and Conrad’s research. However, at the university, Esther relies on her loyal troop of nerds and security men to help her undercover the truth about Professor Conrad, which may also help her understand why there’s a spike in local seismic activity.
There’s only one problem. It’s clear Esther isn’t safe. Cars chase her, she’s being followed and can only trust a handful of people. Then, a lightbulb goes off in Esther’s mind. What if whoever took Professor Conrad is planning a seismic event at the same time as the G-20 summit?
Can Esther rescue Professor Conrad and defeat the kidnappers’ plan?
FINAL FREQUENCY is like a marriage between a Hallmark movie and THE PELICAN BRIEF, the 1993 legal thriller starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts, with a science fiction twist. The jeopardy is constant throughout the movie’s runtime, but it has some lackluster production values that make the movie sometimes feel a bit weak, including melodramatic music that may distract some viewers. Also, in a few scenes the dialogue just sounds too distant.
On a positive note, however, the writers explain scientific jargon with ease so that even unscientific viewers can understand it. Also, Charles Shaughnessy of TV’s THE NANNY and Richard Burgi of TV’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES are perfectly cast and definitely add some seasoned experience to the acting. Although a bit predictable, FINAL FREQUENCY is reasonably entertaining, but it awkwardly tries to merge too many genres.
FINAL FREQUENCY has a strong moral worldview. For example, the heroine tries to protect citizens of Los Angeles from harm while she rescues her kidnapped college professor. Also, the movie’s humanist villain stresses scientific advancement with a nod to evolution. Essentially, he wants to play God and make sure that only the strongest people on Earth survive by taking matters into his own hands. He also claims that the Nikola Tesla believed in birth control as a “benign evolution.” Thus, the movie’s moral worldview refutes all of these false, immoral ideas coming from the villain. It also affirms the idea in the American Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal. This, of course, also refutes the villain’s Darwinist belief in the survival of the fittest and natural selection. In addition, there’s a positive comment that love can save people from themselves. Finally, one character repents of his arrogance and promises to treat other people with more respect. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children because of some violence and intense suspense in FINAL FREQUENCY.