Brendan Fraser’s Most Underrated Movie Is A Streaming Hit
Brendan Fraser's Blast from the Past is climbing the streaming charts on HBO Max.
Brendan Fraser has seen a refreshing career rejuvenation over the past year with his critically heralded performance in The Whale. And, of course, with a rise in popularity comes a rejuvenation of some of his older projects that are taking over streaming. According to Flix Patrol, the actor’s underrated hit from the ’90s, Blast from the Past, is making a comeback on HBO Max.
According to the website compiling streaming data, the ’90s comedy has spent the last week in the top 10 of the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned streaming service. It has spent time as the highest point at the number seven spot, and at the moment, sits at the number nine spot of most-watched movies. While Brendan Fraser may have enough pull right now to keep it in the top 10, he is up against some stiff competition on HBO Max.
Denzel Washington has two films in the top 10: the Remi Malek and Jared Leto thriller, The Little Things, and the historical biopic Malcolm X. His son, John David Washington, has a film at the number three spot with his breakout role in Judas and the Black Messiah. The rest of the top 10 list is filled out with big hits like the George Clooney and Sandra Bullock science fiction survival flick, Gravity, the debut of Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale, and the classic love story from Nicolas Sparks with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook.
If you are noticing a trend in the top 10 of all dark movies, it could make sense as to why the dark comedy by Brendan Fraser makes it into the top 10. The film follows the story of Adam Webber (Fraser), who spent 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter after his father believed the united states had suffered a nuclear attack by the Russians. When the doors to the shelter open, his decades-old viewpoints on the world put him at odds with virtually every other character.
The film also stars the ’90s it girl Alicia Silverstone, who is best known for her role as Cher in the high school comedy Clueless and her smattering of other lukewarm performances in films like Batman and Robin and Excess Baggage. Playing Brendan Fraser’s eccentric parents is the always delightful Christopher Walken, who made a career of playing deeply thought-out characters in films like Deer Hunter, King of New York, and Suicide Kings. Next to him is Sissy Spacek, who has scored so many accolades they become tedious to mention, including Academy Awards, Emmys, and Grammys.
Brendan Fraser is enjoying a career resurgence that could go higher than it ever was (could it go higher than his prime Mummy days?), thanks largely in part to his appearance in The Whale. We can only imagine what the resurgence would have looked like if we actually got to see him portray Firefly in the ill-fated Batgirl movie on HBO Max. One thing is for certain, no one deserves this resurgence more than him.