Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 2011. Millennium Films, Winkler Films, Saturn Films, Joel Schumacher Productions. Screenplay by Karl Gajdusek. Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak. Produced by Rene Besson, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler. Music by David Buckley. Production Design by Nathan Amondson. Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky. Film Editing by Bill Pankow. Toronto International Film Festival 2011.
A film so ludicrous it must be seen to be believed. Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman live a gorgeous existence in their isolated manor, comfortable in their one-percentage and keeping a close eye on their rebellious teenage daughter. When masked men break in and hold them hostage in the hopes of getting some treasure out of their house, this family finds itself not only in danger for their lives but also having to face the nasty underbelly of their perfect lives: the marriage isn’t so perfect, and their financial success is not all that it seems. Strange tales emanating from the set, including the fact that Cage spent a week deciding to switch roles with the lead villain (played with his usual hell-bent insanity by Ben Mendelsohn) only contribute to the pleasure of watching something so viciously inept. It’s a film that even other classics by director Joel Schumacher would look down on; at least Batman and Robin had some cool ice skating.