Film, Science fiction
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Vaguely derived from a Philip K Dick short story, 'The Golden Man', this daft thriller casts Cage as a Las Vegas magician turned New Age Action Hero with 'Minority Report'-style pre-cognitive powers. Unfortunately, he can only see two minutes into the future, which is a neat party trick when chatting up the girl of your premonitory dreams, impossibly beautiful teacher Jessica Biel, but not much use when a tough FBI counter-terror agent (Moore) is coercing you into predicting when and where a stolen nuclear device will destroy California. The bomb stuff is more McGuffin than apocalyptic threat, Cage's flaky screen persona spirals further into self-parody, Jessica Biel is as confused and out of her depth as her perplexed character, and Moore just barks orders and kicks ass. None of which prevents 'Die Another Day' director Tamahori from throwing everything he's got at a random string of stunts, car chases, fight scenes and shoot-outs. File with 'Paycheck' and 'Impostor', as yet another failed attempt to bring Dick's deliriously paranoid mind-set to the screen. 

By: Nigel Floyd


Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday April 27 2007
Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Lee Tamahori
Screenwriter: Gary Goldman, Jonathan Hensleigh, Paul Bernbaum
Cast: Nicolas Cage
Julianne Moore
Jessica Biel
Thomas Kretschmann
Tory Kittles
Peter Falk
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This is a piece of crap. Nic Cage - what has happened to you? Not only are you agreeing to be in crappy movies, your hair looks really bad! And Julianne Moore, why are you here? At least your hair's alright I suppose. And Peter Falk? At least he had the brains to only stick around for one scene. This is an all round poor production, even the special effects are not very special at all. The plot is poorly formed, the characterizations and motivations are all underdone. Avoid this one.