If you’re a fan of Nicolas Cage AND horror movies then this is the film for you. The combination of these two things couldn’t be any more perfect.
First off, I would like to reiterate the Cageyness of this movie. I know it isn’t a word but also I know you know what I mean. It’s likely this article will turn into equal parts Mom and Dad Review and idolising the crazy mad man that is Nicolas Cage (as you can probably tell since I haven’t even mentioned what happens in the movie yet. I will do that now.)
This horror comedy starring Nic Rage- *cough* I mean Cage and Selma Blaire follows the story of a quiet suburban town turning on its head when an electrical signal created by terrorists targets the parents instinct to protect their kids and reverses it, turning them into savage serial killers, seeking death and destruction upon their helpless children.
Sounds ridiculous … and it is. But it’s amazing. It’s so stupid, but so entertaining. The parents turn into mindless killing machines, wreaking havoc upon the entire town, so the kids need to band together and stop their parents before they end up dead.
Social commentary on the negative effects of social media and technology? I’d say so, but even more than that it’s entertaining enough to watch Nicolas Cage be the most Nic Cagey Nic Cage you’ve ever experienced.
Any kind of connotation the film has or social commentaries it portrays doesn’t matter when you witness the genius of a mad man perform his best. The film also proves a person’s name can be used as an adjective, and the fact that a person can be even more like what society thinks they’re like.
It seems as though the direction our main star got given was, ‘Just be you, be who your fans think you are.” It’s not really what an actor wants to hear but if this was the case then it worked out perfectly.
Concept: terrible or genius? That is always the question when you see a Nicolas Cage film. It is a question no one can ever answer. A mystery never to be solved.
The most important question you should ask: ‘Is this film worth watching?’
And the answer is: ‘Very much yes.’
If this doesn’t deserve to be one of the most popular movies of 2017 then I don’t know what does.