Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Inconceivable (2017)

Number Rolled: 49
Movie Name/Year: Inconceivable (2017)
Tagline: Deception hits home.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Length: 106 minutes
Rating: R
Production Companies: Baker Entertainment Group, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFO Films), Ingenious Media
Producer: Jonathan Baker, Ryan S. Black, Barry Brooker, Mike Burns, Tim Chonacas, Alexander Eckert, Babak Eftekhari, Randall Emmett, Ted Fox, George Furla, Jon Galanis, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Daniel Herther, Robert Jones, Arnaud Lannic, Corey Large, Ron Lynch, Vance Owen, Scott Putman, Steven Saxton, Hilary Shor, Mark Stewart, Timothy C. Sullivan, Stan Wertlieb
Director: Jonathan Baker
Writer: Chloe King
Actors: Gina Gershon, Nicky Whelan, Nicolas Cage, Sienna Soho Baker, Harlow Bottarini, Natalie Eva Marie, Faye Dunaway, Jonathan Baker, James Van Patten, Ele Bardha, Hunter Bodine, Leah Huebner, Corrie Danieley, Burgess Byrd, Tess Talbot, Tyler Jon Olson, Pernille Trojgaard, Nicholas Lynch
Stunt Doubles: Janelle Beaudry

Blurb from Netflix: A couple trying to conceive invite a woman with a mysterious past to move in with them, but it’s an invitation they might come to regret.

Selina’s Point of View:
I pretty much got exactly what I expected with this film. The only exception being that there wasn’t all that much Nicolas Cage (Army of One, Snowden, Pay the Ghost) over-acting.

I know it’s silly, but I tend to look forward to Cage’s brand of over-acting. It’s always entertaining – even if it doesn’t quite fit the film he’s in. It’s a trademark. This movie, however, really focused on the story surrounding Gina Gershon (9/11, Red Oaks, Shotgun) and Nicky Whelan’s (Dog Eat Dog, Left Behind, Scrubs) characters. Cage was important, but not nearly as much as the women.

That fact, alone, does give Inconceivable a unique edge, even though the film is kind of basic in general.

As for the actual plot itself? I wasn’t really all that impressed.

It was fine. I called the big twists within five minutes, but the majority of the film was still watchable. Some of the script felt a little wrong, but it was mos
tly alright. The ending wasn’t the worst I’d seen, though it didn’t elevate the film either.

That’s what it really comes down to. The entire thing was… fine. Not spectacular to either extreme.

It really works for background noise, if not anything else.

Cat’s Point of View:
The prospect of watching a Nicholas Cage (G-Force, Left Behind, Arsenal) movie is generally rather exciting. You never know what you’re going to get out of his performance, and it’s fairly certain to be entertaining, regardless of which persona is inhabiting the screen.

When I saw the trailer for this one, I had a feeling that the movie was going to be some sort of recycled version of The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992). While that guess wasn’t exactly on the money, it was pretty darn close. I would say that the film tries to give an updated spin on a similar story. Sadly, it still felt like it was something I’d seen before.

I will definitely give the movie credit for taking a slight turn I wasn’t quite expecting.

Cage filled the shoes of a generally down-to-earth family man. There wasn’t much call for his usual quirky flair, but his role didn’t seem lacking for it. I’ve got to say, though, that it was Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass, CH:OS:EN, Night of Cups) that stoked my building sense of dread throughout the film. I had a babysitter try to pass my child off as hers once – that’s the stuff of my worst nightmares right there.

While not the most original, this movie found ways to push my buttons left and right all the same.

Speech Available: English
Subtitles Available: English

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 30%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 70%
Metascore - 20/100
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 5.3/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating2.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating3/5

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