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September 27, 2007

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Hollywood has a fetish for turning Phillip K. Dick stories into films. Sometimes with great results- Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, and Minority Report. Sometimes with decent results- Total Recall and Paycheck. But this is just bad. Chris (Nicolas Cage) can see a few minutes into the future. So the government wants to exploit this to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack. For some unknown reason the terrorists also know about Chris and are trying to kill him. And when Chris is around Liz (Jessica Biel) he can see further into the future. The trick of the film is that the viewer is never sure if what they are seeing is every real-time or what Chris can see ahead of time. This is used to stupidly manipulate the audience. The action sequences of destruction are amazing, but the plot barely makes sense. And Cage, Biel and Julianne Moore "phoned in" their performances. At one point I think Cage looked more bored than I was.

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