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