It’s impossible to view this through the same lens someone would have when it came out in 1995. Not only have I seen too many episodes of Intervention, I’ve also seen Nic Cage doing all his Nic Cage things for nearly three additional decades, and he’s lost some of his potency and danger. Being able to see past him really let me appreciate the quieter performance Elisabeth Shue is turning in, though. The fact that this movie ultimately demeans her character so much more than his is really what ended up souring me on it.
Totally fine, I guess, but pretty lifeless. You don’t really want movies like this to be smart, but I promise they don’t need to be this dumb. The dialogue is flat gibberish for the most part, and the conception of AI in this movie makes less sense than the one in Space Jam: A New Legacy.
The story isn’t the only problem here. The crew, Ethan in particular, are looking old and tired. And only a true craftsman like Christopher…
“Why is it up to anyone?”
This is going to become better and smarter and more prophetic and more iconic and more influential and more important as time passes.
I really like the structure of this movie. Caleb’s sessions with Ava intercut with his increasingly unsettling discussions with Nathan. The tension always ratcheting up, up, up. And the whole thing is sealed in a pleasingly Kubrickian airlessness. I should probably watch Devs.
AND THAT DANCE SCENE!