I haven\’t been too keen on Nicholas Cage for a while. The reviews on this one had me less than enthused to see his latest release.
Maybe the fact that after finally caving and watching the National Treasure films and LOVING them is what had me actually liking this film.
Don\’t get me wrong, it has its faults. The brooding Nicholas Cage is back and not nearly as engaging as his Ben Gates character. He pretty much spends the entire film in the dark emptying alcohol bottles as he tries to find meaning in a page full of numbers. Fair enough though. That\’s what the movie is about anyway!
The disasters portrayed are skin crawlingly realistic. If you are afraid of flying or subways, you may want to skip this one. I glanced at my teen in teeth clenching horror as she took in the dead, dying and injured of the disasters. Of course, almost all disaster movies will do that to you, so it did its job in that regard.
The mystery solving and realization of what the numbers mean and who supplied the numbers is a little tough to take, but I didn\’t dislike the film for it.
I know a lot of more seasoned reviewers despised this film, but I couldn\’t sweep it under the rug. It engaged me for two hours, biding my time before heading to the mall at midnight with the teen for the Twilight DVD release. That was the deal and considering the alternative was trying to stay awake at home before heading out, I think I got the better end of the deal.