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Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret: he can see two minutes into the future. Sick of the government and scientific interest in his gift he lies low in Vegas performing cheap tricks and living off small-time gambling winnings. But when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles government agent Callie Ferris must use all her wiles to capture Cris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm.System Requirements:Running Time: 96 minutesFormat: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY Rating: PG-13 UPC: 097361312545 Manufacturer No: 131254
The weirdness of actor Nicolas Cage and the weirdness of science-fiction author Philip K. Dick seem like a natural fit. The premise, taken from a short story by Dick, is a good one: A mediocre Las Vegas magician named Chris Johnson (Cage) can see into the future--but only about two minutes at the most. Just enough to pull off his act and to make some money at the gambling tables, so long as he's discreet. Unfortunately, he hasn't been discreet enough; a government agent (Julianne Moore) has sussed out his precognitive talent and wants to use him to track down terrorists. But all Johnson cares about is a beautiful young woman (Jessica Biel, The Illusionist) that he can see in his future--much further in his future than he's ever seen before. Next has flashes that point to a much, much better movie than it turned out to be. A sequence in which Johnson, clairvoyantly explores all the different permutations of how he might approach his mystery woman is both funny and thought-provoking, and when Johnson avoids pursuers by knowing just the right moment to turn a corner or duck his head, it's smart and suspenseful. Unfortunately, the terrorist part of the plot is utterly perfunctory and precognition is reduced to an action movie gimmick. Somewhere in there is the kernel of a romantic comedy about precognition that's just waiting to be made. Cage gives a solid if unsurprising performance, Moore is basically earning a paycheck, but Biel is unexpectedly good (and her part is considerably better-written than your usual romantic interest); her performance suggests a better future than anyone might have predicted. --Bret Fetzer
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Meanwhile, terrorists have smuggled an ex-Soviet nuclear weapon to Los Angeles with the intent to destroy that major US city. FBI agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) believes Johnson has true psychic ability that can lead her to the terrorists and save L.A.
That sets the stage for a cat-and-mouse chase wherein Cage is always a step ahead of everyone, using his secret abilities to search for and meet the young woman in his vision and avoid the FBI's reach who he believes wish to use his abilities for wrongful purposes.
This is enough for you to go on. There's plenty of very intense chases, shootouts and desperate action on the part of Cage to save the woman he's fallen in love with and foil the baddies. This film is well made and Cage does a very good job in his role. Julianne Moore gives a fine performance as a suitably tough and intense FBI agent on a mission. Jessica Biel, I thought, gave a solid performance as the woman in the vision.
While not a great film, it's very entertaining and, unless you just don't like Nicolas Cage, very much worth the asking price. Four Stars.
I don't like a movie that seems unfinished. The story was great. There were so many ways it could have ended. The author chose to give it no ending. You may really like this movie while you're watching it, as I did. Just be prepared for disappointment at the end.
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