Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Predictable Cage sci-fi tale may entertain teens.
  • PG-13
  • 2007
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The superhero's creed "with great power comes great responsibility" is in effect. All of the terrorists speak in French or with foreign accents.


A woman is kidnapped and publicly blown up; two people's throats are slit (not gory). All the terrorists and FBI agents shoot guns, and several are killed. The unarmed hero fights off his enemies.


Cris and Liz kiss and in the next scene are bare shouldered in bed together (no nudity is visible, but they've obviously just had sex). One scene features a post-shower Liz wrapped in a short towel.


The usual suspects: "bulls--t," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and the like.


Minor: FBI-issued Suburbans and other SUVs, Geneva watches.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Various characters smoke cigarettes. Terrorists take pills to prevent radiation poisoning.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like most action thrillers, this movie has several violent scenes: An international terror syndicate is responsible for blowing up a victim, launching a nuclear missile, and slitting the throat of anyone in their way. Nicolas Cage's character gets involved in several fights, and the FBI and the terrorists display enough ammo to fill the national armory. While there's no real gore (or blood, for that matter), the images are still disturbing. There's only one love scene, but there's a lengthy scene preceding it with Jessica Biel wrapped in a towel. Thanks to Biel's popularity and Cage's action cred, expect teens to want to see it, even though it's not being marketed as a teen film.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEscapeartist July 7, 2019

Great storyline

If you like action, suspense and a little element of sci-if or supernatural without the heave darkness they seem to put in movies today, you’ll like this movie...
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written byKakarot December 3, 2009


Teen, 14 years old Written byJovers12 January 6, 2021

Not 17+

The commonsense rating was a typo, as you can see in the video that they rate it 14+. I would probably say the same to be safe.
Kid, 10 years old April 22, 2021

well, Not TERRIBLE.

Great movie but the ending is very lame. 2.5 stars. also parents should be aware that the do makeout but not really bad. the thing is they were not dating

What's the story?

Nicolas Cage plays Cris Johnson, aka "Frank Cadillac," a small-time Vegas magician who can see exactly two minutes into the future. Cris uses his unusual skill to wow his fans and win big at Black Jack, and piques the interest of ambitious FBI agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore), who needs immediate help stopping a group of foreign "bad guys" from detonating a nuclear device on American soil. When the French-accented terrorists kidnap his new girl (Jessica Biel), he has no choice but to help.

Is it any good?

Even with a twist ending, this adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story "The Golden Man" is just another predictable sci-fi thriller headlined by marquee actors. Some of the movie's fast-forward sequences are funny and impressive, but a few are plain ridiculous. (At a public screening, the occasional applause and cheers were tempered by loud cries of "Whaaat?" toward the end.) And while the "big twist" finale is entertaining, it's not all that shocking -- nor particularly satisfying, which pretty much sums up NEXT.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about other time-bending movies and TV shows. Are movies that play with time cool or frustrating? If you could look into the future, would you use the information to make money or stop crime? Families can also discuss why so many thrillers feature nuclear terrorist threats. Is that the ultimate danger to today's society? What other hazards can you think of? And why are terrorists almost always portrayed as foreign agents?

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