Review: Arcadian

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Title: Arcadian
MPA Rating: R
Director: Benjamin Brewer
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jaeden Martell, Maxwell Jenkins
Runtime: 1 hr 32 mins

What It Is: It’s the end of the world as we know it. And at this end a father, Paul (Cage) and his twin sons Joseph (Martell) and Thomas (Jenkins). They live in a farmhouse and their nightly routine is one that can save their life. You see the end of the world has come in the form of creatures that hunt by night. They feed and kill whatever it is they can find. That includes any and every human being around.

What We Think: This is not a tale that reinvents the wheel. Not by any means. There’s a similar vibe to A Quiet Place. You can make whatever connections to Jon Krasinski’s film you’d like. The similarities aren’t exclusive to the plot. But that’s fine that’s a better movie. This is a simple film that has some very okay effects. The creatures themselves didn’t work for me visually. Nicholas Cage is sort of…reserved here. That’s a change of pace that didn’t really work for me. Gimme unhinged Cage. UnCaged if you will. For putting a leash on the beast this movies grade will certainly suffer.

Our Grade: C, It’s okay. It’ll do the job if you want a forgettable horror adjacent film to keep your attention for a bit. Otherwise this film, isn’t one you’ll recall even an hour after viewing. I had high hopes because this film had a HELL of a trailer. Sadly, as sometimes happens in this genre, the trailer didn’t meet up to the expectations. Anyway I really don’t think you need to go out of your way to check this out. Gimme more crazy Cage please. This is what the world needs in the year of our lord 2024.

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