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The Independent Culture

Get this: Nicolas Cage plays a Las Vegas lounge magician whose secret gift is to be able to see two minutes into the future. Unsmiling FBI agent Julianne Moore has twigged his paranormal clairvoyance and wants to use it because - deep breath, now - a terrorist group is plotting to unleash a rogue nuclear device on Los Angeles. And to think this idea earned someone a pay cheque! Cage, whose increasing resemblance to Gene Wilder is a cause of unintentional hilarity, takes a side order of romance with Jessica Biel, while he jumps through the plot hoops lazily arranged before him. It is so preposterous it could almost be the spoof "bad action movie" they'd keep flashing to in a Hollywood satire. But who'd have guessed they would go ahead and make the whole thing?

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