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Two minutes before watching this movie..

  • Nov 16, 2008
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... remember that I warned you not to.

You don't need to be clairvoyant to predict that this movie isn't going to win any Academy Awards. Nicolas Cage continues his string of sub-par performances; Julianne Moore doesn't have enough plot to wrap her acting chops around, and Jessica Biel is still waiting for the spark to ignite the non-existent chemistry between her character and the leading man.

If she'd had sense she'd run away
From Cage's really bad toupee
That sat astride his balding head
Like road kill, matted, flat and dead

Why would a girl who looks like that
Go off with HIM in no time flat?
I think I'd really be quite scared
To trust a guy that acts so weird

Cage's character, Cris Johnson, has a small Vegas magic act, a part-time occupation hustling the casinos, and the ability to see two minutes into the future, except when he's around a certain young woman when the time window inexplicably stretches its prescribed limits. You might be thinking this is a love story, but then in comes FBI Agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) looking for some timely tips on a terrorist group that may be operating in the area.

The movie then evolves into an action movie, with Johnson somehow morphing into a hero, saving others with his superpowers, and taking command of an FBI task force. The ending is unbelievable, and I don't mean that in a good way.

Even if you discount the clairvoyant bits, the plot is simply not well devised or plausible, although I must say that some of the action sequences are pretty darned good. The two stars are for those sequences, and as for the rest of the movie - you'll forget it two minutes after the credits start rolling.

Amanda Richards

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review by . December 19, 2008
Kris Johnson (Nicholas Cage) is a magician in a two-bit act in a Las Vegas Casino, who has the ability to see two minutes into the future. He uses his 'skill' to be a magician and to beat casinos at blackjack. He is pursued by the FBI, who wants his help in tracking a group that is trying to smuggle a nuclear weapon into the USA. The group that is trying to smuggle it in is also after him, to silence him and whatever he might know. Along the way he meets Liz (Jessica Biel) who befriends him and …
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I write reviews for a hobby. Most of my reviews are short and to the point, on account of my short attention span. I try to make my reviews both informative and entertaining, and sometimes I succeed. … more
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