Director: Thomas Michael Donnelly
Writer: Thomas Michael Donnelly
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, and more.
Requested Review from Jon Delval!
My buddy Jon launched a barrage of requests at me ages ago and in fairness to my other requestors, I spread them out and now I have finally approached his second request, “Quicksilver”. As I always enjoy, I had never heard of this title before and once I saw it was dated for 1986, I got a bit more excited too. I love watching old flicks. It keeps me honest as I try to dial my mind back into thinking of how a film would be received in that year. The trailer was retro in all the coolest of ways so I was hoping to find some fun within “Quicksilver”.
“Jack Casey used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disatrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid traffic jams of San Francisco, is attracted to a fellow bicycler, Terri, and befriends Hector, a budding entrepreneur. Can Jack regain his nerve and his self-respect, and rebuild his life on a more sound basis?”
Sorry, that IMDB summary sucked. But, if anything, that sporadic summary kind of reflects the film itself. While I did find a good bit to enjoy out of “Quicksilver”, it was all over the place in regards to its storytelling. You get a bit of Jack Casey’s stock market life but blink and you will miss it. You get a bit of his love life, including this bit with his supposed girlfriend that you know nothing about and she barely is in the film. This love life also includes a bit of sexual tension between Terri and Jack but it never unfolds into very much. You also get a bit of bike riding and delivering action, but considering the premise of this story is that Jack joins this bicycle delivery company, you do not see much of him delivering. There is a cool bit with Jack racing a young Lawrence Fishburne who plays Voodoo but the excitement of the ride really ends there, in my opinion. Lastly, you get this random bit of the villain who seemingly is inserted into the story. He becomes a thorn in the company’s side, despite really getting a good grip on why he is the villain in the first place, aside from his brief encounter with Voodoo. So again, “Quicksilver” honestly suffers most when it comes to a solid story line being told.
However, despite my critical eye twitching in regards to how the story is told, I found a lot of enjoyment in watching these personality rich characters. Kevin Bacon as Jack Casey was always a delight to watch on screen. It is easy to see why Kevin was such a prominent name in his younger years and also why a lot of people swoon at the mention of his name.
The character of Terri, played by Jami Gertz, was also enjoyable to watch. The shy innocence and her hopeful eyes were always delightful to see on screen.
Hector Rodriguez played by Paul Rodriguez was the comic relief for me throughout the film. Hector is the budding entrepreneur, as said in the summary. He brings light to just about all of his scenes.
Lastly, I have to bring up the young Lawrence Fishburne within this film. Lawrence plays Voodoo, a tough and slick rider who bleeds confidence. Even though his time in the film was brief, he may very well be the most memorable character for me.
“Quicksilver” was a film filled with personality-rich characters but erratic plot. When it failed to do one thing, another element seemed to balance the scale. I find myself landing dead even with “Quicksilver”. If you are a fan of Kevin Bacon and have a bit of time to kill, sure, give the film a watch, but there are plenty of classic films to view before you should watch this if you are ever contemplating between films.