Looking Glass

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In an episode of Dan Harmon’s Community, the characters discuss Nicolas Cage – is he actually a really good actor but unable to turn down any script that’s handed to him, no matter how terrible? Or, is he a terrible performer who has hit lucky with a couple of excellent, standout roles? It’s a conundrum that rears its head with every movie he makes. Recently Cage has starred in Mom and Dad (brilliantly bonkers), Southern Fury (bang average, but with a stunning hairpiece and moustache from Cage) and Inconceivable (mind-numbingly by-the-numbers). This odd horror flick looks to fall somewhere between all three.

We follow a couple who buy an old motel, looking for a new beginning. What seems at first like an escape becomes a terrifying ride when Ray (Cage) witnesses a horrifying murder through a two-way mirror. Ray must save his wife and himself from a gruesome secret connected to the motel and those who visit.

What could be a thrill-a-minute, edge-of-the-seat movie seems to get mired in odd stylistic choices, hammy performances and lacklustre dialogue.

As for Cage? Well, it’s not the remake of The Wicker Man, but it’s no Adaptation, either.

The bottom line
Even Nic Cage can’t save this one.

By Darragh Murphy
Time Out Doha,

Looking Glass

  • Duration: 103
  • Released: Wed, 25 Apr
  • Language: English
  • Director: Tim Hunter
  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Robin Tunney, Marc Blucas

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