Directed by: Alex Proyas
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne
Prophecy, quasi-numerology, AND Nicolas Cage all in the same movie?! It’s like one of my prayers was completely and totally misheard and then answered!
Nic Cage’s son gets a letter out of a time capsule at school which is nothing but a page of numbers. Of course Cage is a professor at MIT and decodes the numbers to be a list of dates, times, and death counts at certain lat/long coordinates. After failing to prevent a couple accidents, he realizes that the last one on the list means that everyone in the world is going to die! Oh no! That’s bad! To make things worse, there are some weird “whisper people” following his son around and being spooky.
I guess they decided they didn’t want just a normal disaster movie, so they added in some more traditional horror elements to even the thing out? Unfortunately, the end result is that they never really explore the scary elements as much as they really should to make the audience remember about them or care, and the much lamer disaster/numerology plot drowns it out. Not to say that the spooky horror stuff isn’t lame as well. In the end [SPOILER ALERT] the whisper people turn out to be aliens there to take two kids to a new planet so they can start the human race over again, and it’s just a mind-bogglingly awful way to end ANY movie.