Advantages Been done more brilliantly than this before- No hard work involved.
Disadvantages See review.
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The Synopsis:Enter, Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson (Nicholas Cage)has a secret -which is both a gift and a curse which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future.
MR CAGE's "REACTION" TO "NEXT"
Alongside Cage, both tough and uncompromising, an FBI agent works to deter a forthcomming top secret terroist plot to bomb into kingdom come. This agent is played by the usually astute Julianne Moore. She certainly doesn't put up with any nonsense here, and Moore does her best to be a gritty determinedly believable FBI cop.
Nicolas Pajon is also averagely good in her role, playing his "destined to be" girlfriend but it was all held together it seemed, in flimsy cellotape.
Started good...but by the middle and the end The whole thing felt a lie.
I couldn't put my finger on it really. Nothing shone and it seemed as tired as the magic tricks Cage performed. Unusual for the normally integrity filled brilliant Cage could ever be, and all the showcasing became terribly anti-climatic.
So- What´s the plot?
After Nicolas Cage's excellent performances in many a beloved box office treat Cage always manages to supply raw emotion action drama compelling compassion drive modesty zany cool drama or romance..tinged red along with the obligatory violence and comedy themes that spark through much of his past works in many of his finest roles.
COMPARISON WITH OTHER FILMS CAGE HAS PLAYED:
This film had me fidgeting ever so slightly on my seat , glancing at the time on my watch, holding no real lasting passion or entrancement I just wasn't transported Nothing to be fair and with the critique's eye in comparison, to the afore mentioned , so a very disappointed "boring" I'm afraid.The plot has been done before... this didn't feel right.
The man in real life in this film is a tired and lonesome chap and a sleeze ball stage magician.. In sleezy tired surroundings.He detests having to put on the public face. He resents and detests the gift he so wanted to keep secret ..he resents the fact he has had to live with this all his life- and be a hunted man. He harbors this life long power with the expected aplomb of boredom and dread.. the ability to be, but just a half of a genius:
"Oh I can predict the future! "There's the catches...
Two: Only the last 2 minutes of it! Whaaa?So, straightaway you know most of the action is going to rest on the play of graphic endless "2 minute slots" while in his mind he ploys and plays in pscychedelic abandoment how each possible twist and turn could or would be , with clever takes on what the eternally possible outcome/s could be ...everything hinges on how quickly he can react - the man is a genuis in this .....so there could be many ,many possible endings.
Confused? You betcha!THE PLOT THICKENED
Enter FBI ...(J. Moore) who are attracted to his potent powers to lend a helping hand with the thuggish evil only terroists have to use him to destroy the terroist baddies....a team of flogged to death espionage and chase story line...an unthrilling "Cat & Mouse, and by the way- Boy meets girl.. girl meets boy.." cliqued lines of a tired romance-less script scenario,- where Cage feels "it was meant to be. "
A big 'destiny to meet ' you and all that jazz and ultimately becomes Surprise Surprise!
A race against time ..the powers to be to save her from death...by the terroists with their strapped up bombs upon her femine shoulders.. you get the picture which, meandering on for an hour and a half with an 'average show' for everything else in between.
Corny lines,... a rambling incoherent at times half asleep slow cowpoke looking more and more decidedly uncomfortable with the narrative....the obligatory guns blazing bombs and helicopter heroes trying to kill this magician who can 'see things' before they happen from the future,sort of resembled a shambolic B rated James Bond without the charm.
The film borders on the ridiculous that no matter how hard he tried to dress it up and make a silk purse out of a pig's ear ...nothing could be done.
Oh great!" Well, so what! " I hear you bleat...aren't many american action movies like that anyway?
That's the whole point of going- though, isn't it?To get away from the reality!
But ...................Not next. Not for me.Sadly, I expected more- much much more from the highly respected actor in his trade for more than 2 decades.
Predictably it will prove to be a £4 DVD ...a mistake shoved to the back of the most mediocre. If I'm wrong jolly good. But if I'm right I shan't need to eat my hat.WAS THERE ANYTHING REMOTELY GOOD? INTERESTING??
The shots of the Grand Canyon and the long car ride to get there...bretahtakingly fine..made me wish to be there to see one the USA's Living world splendid wonders.
Look out for it in the film as it sneaks up on you.
Cage's best slump of recent years... maybe I'm wrong , but I do feel that so many of his films were epic journeys of their own right so perhaps there is nothing more powerful left for him to do anymore. Which is a great shame.CONCLUSION & SUMMING UP
There is something missing I believe it has got something to do with loosing the hunger and thirst for the best.
He's made his fortune and now as he approaches middle age there are many other pursuits out there for him just waitin gand probably itching to be explored and experienced.
Go. if you must. But do be prepared for a right old marlarky.
Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Nicolas Pajon
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Thanks for reading. Yawn..the only other reasonably interesting things to look at are the picture shots below, taken of the film itself........
Enjoy. Probably be the only things you will. Ta for reading.
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