Release Date: October 31, 1997
Run Time: 1 hour & 58 minutes
Reviewed By: Scott
“After his son is kidnapped by a notorious serial killer, FBI agent Frank LaCrosse (Dennis Quaid) travels to Amarillo, Texas, where he believes the murderer is in hiding. Although officially taken off the case because of its personal significance to him, Frank continues to pursue the killer, causing concern for local sheriff Buck Olmstead (R. Lee Ermey). When another victim pops up at a nearby car garage, Frank knows that he is as close as he’ll ever be to tracking down the elusive kidnapper.”
Directed by Jeb Stuart
As I was perusing around [Amazon] Prime for something intriguing to watch, in the very depths of the thriller section, I came across Switchback, which I had never heard of. I am highly disappointed that I’ve never heard of this one, because it deserves better than to be covered in dust and left on the shelf. It delivers an all-star cast with great acting from the likes of Dennis Quade, a young Jared Leto, the late R. Lee Ermey, and Danny Glover (who is freaking outstanding in this portrayal).
The plot is sophisticated, but kept simple as it pertains to a murder mystery and a kidnapping where an FBI agent (Dennis Quade) is breaking orders and looking for his sons kidnapper. Bob Goodall (Danny Glover) befriends a hitchhiking medical student, Lane Dixon (Jared Leto), and they discover secrets about each other while Sheriff Buck Olmstead (R. Lee Ermey) and Deputy Nate Booker (Ted Levine) try to figure out who is committing the murders in their town. There are three story lines that tie together brilliantly.
I don’t do many reviews, but Switchback deserves more recognition. Danny Glover puts on the performance of a life time and it’s the best performance I’ve ever seen him give. The story lines are pure excitement, with a crazy ride to the end, keeping you right on the edge of your seat. I also don’t give easy grades, but this one gets a solid eight (8) from me. I’m so happy to stumble upon Switchback. If you’re looking for a hidden gem that will keep your attention, this murder mystery is it!
Reel ROB Rating: 8 out of 10 stars
Post Credits Scene: No