Saturday, February 21, 2009

10 Best and Worst Nicolas Cage Movies

After watching every single one of Nick Cage's movies, I felt it best to share what I thought were the best and worst of them.

Worst
10. Peggy Sue Got Married
Plot: Peggy Sue faints at a High school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Review: Not funny. Peggy Sue is annoying as she gets another chance at life, but relishes the past. Nick is obnoxious here. The story doesn't go anywhere.
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9. Kiss of Death
Plot: A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

Review: Has the most uncharismatic, uninteresting, unlikeable, untalented lead ever. (Not Cage) Cheesy and ridiculous.
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8. Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Plot: When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander.

Review: Lame. Cage's fake Italian accent and mannerisms are very unintentionally laughable; the pace was just so slow. Love story between two people with nothing in common.
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7. Amos & Andrew
Plot: When Andrew Sterling, a successful black urbanite writer buys a vacation home on a resort in New England the police mistake him for a burglar.

Review: A movie which revolves around racism as it's plot. Bad chemistry between the actors and the conclusion was silly.
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6. Sonny
Plot: New Orleans, 1981. Sonny Phillips, just discharged from the Army, returns home. The only life he's known is as a gigolo.

Review: No direction to this movie. Lots of overacting which doesn't fit the story. Shallow and superficial characters.
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5. The Boy in Blue
Plot: Based on the life of Ned Hanlan, the late-19th century Canadian sculler and world champion.

Review: Tries to be a typical drama/action movie, but is actually very boring. Only watchable if you like rowing and are very bored.
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4. Fire Birds
Plot: The U.S. Government is willing to help any country that requires help in ridding themselves of drugs with support from the Army.

Review: Top Gun rip off with helicopters. One dimensional characters. You have to suspend reality and common sense to watch this.
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3. Vampire's Kiss
Plot: After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire.

Review: Vampire movie that doesn't go anywhere. Horrible story, horrible acting. Cage's kooky performance is the only thing which makes it merely a bad movie.
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2. Deadfall
Plot: After he accidentally kills his father, Mike, during a sting, Joe tries to carry out Mike's dying wish.

Review: Pretty torturous to watch this movie. And I actually like Michael Biehn. One of those bad B-movies. Dialogue was atrocious.
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1. The Wicker Man
Plot: Sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.

Review: Maybe the worst movie ever. Worst plot in the history of cinema. A terrible *remake* of the worst "horror" movie in history. Poor Nick bent over for this one.
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Best
10. The Weather Man
Plot: Dave Spritz has a decent career as a weatherman in Chicago. His personal life is a mess, his father is dying, his ex-kids are not the brightest kids in the world, and his wife isn't fond of him. Dave attempts to cope with all his problems.

Review: Pretty underrated. People thought this was a comedy because of the trailer. Michael Caine does a good job. Just a movie about the ups and downs of life.
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9. Snake Eyes
Plot: After the assassination of a prominent political official at a major boxing match, a corrupt cop must solve the crime to protect his friend, who was overseeing protection of the fallen. But what the cop uncovers is a conspiracy connected to everyone that was at the boxing match that night.

Review: Visually stunning. A good, complex story even if it isn't original. Well made with great directing. Gripping and involving all the way through.
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8. 8MM
Plot: A plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. His work turns into obsession.

Review: Surprisingly good. Shows a lot of smut for a mainstream movie. Acting is good even by crazy Joaquin Phoenix. Both interesting and shocking.
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7. Next
Plot: Chris Johnson can see a few minutes into the future. When a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris must use all her wiles to capture Cris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm.

Review: Great cast. Deeply absorbing movie. You get to see many different consequences to an action. Twist ending which was just okay. Doesn't focus much on the bad guys at all.
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6. Con Air
Plot: Cameron Poe is a highly decorated military officer who is sent to prison because of killing a man while defending his wife. Seven years later, he is granted a parole. He is put on a plane with many other convicts. Everything looks smooth until one of the convicts, breaks out of his restraints and takes control of the plane.

Review: Entertaining action movie. Good story, good humor. Plot moves quickly. Keeps trying to out due itself in action. Has several A-Team like moments.
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5. Gone in 60 Seconds
Plot: Raines must return to the world of auto theft after his brother breaches a contract with a Russian crime lord to deliver high end cars. Raines must get a gang together for a one night 'boost' to grab all the cars while avoiding apprehension.

Review: I like the soundtrack and the quit editing. I'm not a big car person, but even they were interesting. Great performances and the beginning sets up the rest of the movie wonderfully.
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4. The Family Man
Plot: On Christmas Eve, two days before he pulls off a multi-billion-dollar merger, Wall Street hot-shot Jack Campbell gets a phone message from a woman he almost married 13 years before. Christmas morning, Jack wakes up next to his old girlfriend, in some sort of parallel universe, in a 12-year marriage.

Review: Very cute story about a man who gets a second chance at a different life. Brilliantly cast. Cage gets to show off his duel personality.
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3. National Treasure 1/2
Plot: Gates has known that he is descended from a long line of people whose job is to guard a treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers, who hid clues to its whereabouts in the country's currency and on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Now, he has learned of a plot to steal the Declaration, and has only one option: steal it himself.

Review: Fun family movie. Easy to follow. Cross between an Oceans 11 and an typical action movie. May teach you some history in the process.
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2. Face/Off
Plot: Sean Archer is a government agent whose son was killed in a terrorist act by Castor Troy. Sean takes on the face of Castor in a plot to bring down a terrorist group. However, Castor, who was believed dead but merely in a coma, wakes up and does the same. Soon, they are pitted against one another.

Review: Cool action movie. Plot and directing both superb. Interesting movie with a fast pace. Great acting. You do need to suspend reality for a bit.
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1. The Rock
Plot: A group of U.S. marines, under command of a renegade general, take over Alcatraz and threat San Francisco Bay with biological weapons. A chemical weapons specialist and the only man to have ever escaped from the Rock are the only ones who can prevent chaos.

Review: Awesome action, adventure movie which keeps you entertained until the end. Both Connery and Cage are amazing. Good special effects, intrigue and character development.
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1 comment:

  1. Wow two years later, half the list of bad movies might be replaced by newer ones.

    Next and Face Off probably too high...
    Amos & Andrew and Firebirds possibly too low.

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