Sunday 5 May 2024

REVIEW: Arcadian (2024 Film) - Starring Nicolas Cage


Review by Jon Donnis
"Arcadian," directed by Ben Brewer and starring Nicolas Cage, offers a gripping blend of action and horror set in a post-apocalyptic world. The film centers on Paul (Cage) and his twin sons, Thomas and Joseph, navigating a dangerous landscape where terrifying creatures emerge at night to prey on the living.

One of the film's strongest aspects is its emotional authenticity, presenting a family dynamic that feels genuine amidst the chaos. Cage delivers a subdued yet compelling performance as a father determined to protect his sons at all costs. Jaeden Martell and Maxwell Jenkins also shine as the teenage twins, each bringing depth to their respective characters.

The creature design in "Arcadian" is truly exceptional, offering audiences a fresh and terrifying take on the post-apocalyptic monster genre. These creatures, coupled with beautiful imagery, create an atmosphere of intense fear and suspense throughout the film.

While "Arcadian" excels in its character-driven approach and unique creature design, it does stumble at times with its pacing and reliance on familiar tropes. Some viewers may find the plot to be somewhat predictable, with the film settling into a standard chase-and-fight formula in its later acts.

Additionally, the film's heavy use of nighttime scenes may prove challenging for some viewers, with moments of confusion detracting from the overall experience.

Overall, "Arcadian" is a solid entry in the action horror genre, offering enough thrills and scares to satisfy audiences. Despite its flaws, the film's strong performances and imaginative creature design make it a worthwhile watch for fans of post-apocalyptic cinema. With its emotional depth and intense scares, "Arcadian" earns a solid 7.5 out of 10.

Out now in cinemas and on digital