four movies in four minutes

Over the last few weeks I’ve been catching up with some movies that looked interesting back when they came out in theaters but that I didn’t have time to go see at that point.

Here’s the one-minute summary of each. There isn’t much to spoil, but if you’re sensitive to knowing, er, “plot” details, well, stop reading.

Next: Nick Cage plays a man who can see up to two minutes into his future (except when he can see much further ahead). The FBI wants him to figure out where a bomb is. They run around (or not) and figure it out (or not). It ends with a whimper, less an open ending than a writer going “I don’t know” and shrugging. Potentially half the movie is left in the can, given what’s out there on the screen. We’ll never know. Maybe Cage can tell us.

Ghost Rider: Nick Cage is a dude that trades his soul so his father will live. Only he (the father) doesn’t (live). Bad stuff happens. Like in Constantine, but with crappy effects, bad acting (yeah, Keanu was better), and bad writing. I bailed at minute 52. I just could not go on. But let me guess. Good guy wins, gets the girl. Close?

Deja Vu: Denzel Washington travels through time to prevent a bomb from going off (what is it now with time travel and bombs going off?). A bunch of nerds have opened up a wormhole (somehow) and can now see through time, but no one can travel back, except when Denzel tries and it works. Denzel succeeds where hamsters failed. Go Denzel!

Shooter: Mark Whalberg is hired by a bunch of suspicious looking dudes to “plan” an assassination. He’s one of the best snipers in the world, see. However (gasp!) they double-cross him and set him up for the fall. He’s a shut-in, so that at least explains why he hasn’t seen any of the five trillion movies where this happens. Then he’s pissed. He takes all the bad guys down. Also keeps the girl. One good point: some pretty wicked action sequences. Antoine Fuqua, who dazzled us with Training Day clearly knows that stuff. Other things, such as having an actual script, he seems to have forgotten about.

Conclusion: At $10 a ticket, I’m definitely glad I saved some money.