With Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, D.G. Maloney, Lara Robinson, Nadia Townsend, Alan Hopgood, Adrienne Pickering, Joshua Long

Written by Ryne Douglas Pearson, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White & Ryne Douglas Pearson
Directed by Alex Proyas

Many directors that reach big budget status don’t really stick to one single genre. Alex Proyas is one of those whose affinity for dark fantasy and sci-fi genres still flows strongly, having made his mark with The Crow and Dark City, and moving on to bigger scale spectacles like I, Robot, and now this doomsday fuelled movie.
John Koestler (an astronomy lecturer who recently lost his wife and is raising his hearing impaired son Caleb alone), becomes the focal point of this intriguing premise. His son’s school unearths a 50 year old time capsule buried by its students, containing their idea of what the future holds. Where all the kids are handed pictures from the capsule, Caleb gets a page scribbled with numbers. John accidentally discovers that these numbers spell out dates of disasters across recent history and the exact death toll attached to it. There are still a few that need to happen and they’re creeping closer. When he finds himself in the middle of one of these, he realizes it cannot be coincidence. Caleb also hears voices and has disturbing visions. While trying to figure out how and why these predictions happened, and why they are connected to it, strange men are lurking in the shadows watching the Koestlers, an even bigger disaster looming…
This film has a very M. Night Shyamalan feel to it, and had Bruce Willis portrayed the lead role, you might mistake it as that. In fact, had Bruce been cast I think this may have been a far better movie - while Cage is not terrible, again one cannot help but feel he’s trying too hard to “deliver a performance”, reducing a lot of the credibility and preventing the audience from being sucked into the movie’s fantasy as being reality.

3 / B
- Paul Blom

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