Las Vegas magician Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) can see a few minutes into the future, a talent he uses to enhance his shows — and to win at blackjack. But when an FBI agent (Julianne Moore) wants his help thwarting a nuclear attack, Cris finds his psychic skills put to the test. Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Golden Man.”

Netflix, IMDB

Director: Lee Tamahori
STC Genre: Superhero (Fantasy)

  • “Special Power” – Cris’s ability to seeĀ  a couple of minutes into his future
  • “Nemesis” – the nuclear terrorists
  • “Curse” – in part, the ability itself. I guess, it’s like knowing the ending of every movie before you watch it… However, on a deeper level, it is also the girl he meets who (unwillingly) meddles with his gift.

A very well done movie, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is not too packed with action, but the pace feels good. Despite a few obvious shortcomings (what did he do with the stolen cars? who were the terrorists? – and a few other open loops like that), overall the movie actually feels quite well-balanced and satisfying. The model of the world (or the gift, rather) is well-defined and crisp. The fun and games is also quite impressive. And of course, the surprise ending is a total killer – those pieces are probably what really makes this movie work.