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Excellent 4 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Nicolas Cage
Nicole Kidman
Ben Mendelsohn
Cam Gigandet.
Directors
Joel Schumacher.
Screenwriters
Karl Gajdusek.
Running Time
91 minutes

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Plot
Slick business Kyle Miller (Cage) lives with his wife (Kidman) and teenage daughter in a mansion. All’s not well in the family, though, and the sudden arrival of a gang of housebreakers led by Elias (Mendelsohn) challenges them to work together to survive.


Review
Moaning about convoluted plot lines in a Joel Schumacher film is a bit like going to see a Michael Bay movie and being dismayed the moment he blows up a building. Still, it’s hard to stomach this tepid drama about a diamond dealer (Nicolas Cage) and his family undergoing a home invasion by crooks who think they have the inside track on his safe full of riches. As Cage’s wife, Nicole Kidman stays moist-eyed throughout, while Cage earns credit for delivering lines like, “Your filthy lust invited them in!” while keeping a straight face. Needless to say, no-one is who they seem, and the dénouement is quite improbable. In fact, you’ll struggle hard not to cheer as the Miller home goes up in flames.


Verdict
Cloth-eared dialogue saps the tension, while the plot twists with the likelihood of a Brett Ratner rehearsal session. Leave your disbelief at the door.


Reviewed by Philip Wilding

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