Love, especially romantic love, often pushes us into decisions we might not have otherwise made.
In the 1992 movie Forever Young, Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson) is a test pilot in pre World War II America. His sweetheart, Helen (Isabel Glasser) is injured and comatose due to an accident. The doctors are not confident that she will wake up from the coma. Not wanting to watch Helen die, Daniel agrees to be the guinea pig in a newly built cryogenic freezing chamber. The plan is that Daniel is to be woken up in a year, after Helen has passed away. Instead of waking up a year later, Daniel wakes up 53 years later, in 1992.
He is woken up by Nat Cooper (Elijah Wood), a young boy living with his single mother, Claire Cooper (Jamie Lee Curtis). While Daniel is trying to adjust to the fact that he woke up in 1992, his body is also aging rapidly. Can he find Helen in this new era or will he die, not knowing her fate?
Written by J.J. Abrams, this film is the perfect blend of science fiction and romance. Neither genre overtakes the other, allowing the best elements of both romance and science fiction to come together and gel into the best of both worlds.
I recommend it.
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