Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on July 2009
I haven’t seen a movie this grimly self-serious since M. Night Shyamalan’s last turkey. An astrophysicist (a one-and-a-half-expression Nicolas Cage) retrieves from a time capsule a random list of numbers that he decodes into the dates, locations and body counts of every disaster in the past 50 years—with three to go, including an apocalypse of biblical proportions. This dour and pointless flick from Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City and I, Robot) will disappoint sci-fi and disaster movie fans alike, though rabid numerologists may be mildly diverted. Everyone else: not knowing is probably better.