THE FAM­ILY MAN (2000) GO!, 7.30PM, M, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Ni­co­las Cage makes a good fist of this light-hearted, feel-good ef­fort. In his orig­i­nal life, Jack Camp­bell (Cage) is a su­per-suc­cess­ful bach­e­lor busi­ness­man who puts work be­fore ev­ery­thing, but af­ter he tells a street an­gel (Don Chea­dle) he has ev­ery­thing he wants, he wakes up the next morn­ing with a new life. It is the life he would have had if he had not split up with his col­lege sweet­heart (Téa Leoni) 13 years pre­vi­ously, com­plete with two kids, a dog and a job at a tyre com­pany. The screen­play raises a few philo­soph­i­cal is­sues and di­rec­tor Brett Rat­ner ( Rush Hour) In 2047, as­tro­nauts leave Earth to sal­vage an AWOL ves­sel that has floated in the cos­mos with­out con­tact for sev­eral years. Upon ar­rival, the mis­sion’s par­tic­i­pants (led by Lau­rence Fish­burne, above) en­counter un­ex­plained de­vel­op­ments. Start­ing with grip­ping im­pact via some truly star­tling scares (not since Aliens did space look so ter­ri­fy­ing) and a score that the devil might con­sider for el­e­va­tor mu­sic, Even­tHori­zon pro­ceeds to plumb the dark re­cesses of script­ing no-nos, re­sult­ing in sci-fi codswal­lop. Ul­ti­mately, Sam Neill is painful as the vil­lain and a botched res­o­lu­tion ren­ders Paul An­der­son’s hor­ror-inthe-stars scare-fest only half in­ter­est­ing. ★★★

Un­der­dogs: Kevin Smith and Ja­son Mewes in JayAndSi­lent BobStrikeBack.

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