Nic Cage is back! That is a declaration I’d love to see come to fruition. But at this point, that moment seems Inconceivable. Yeah, I went there.
So, Inconceivable reunites Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon. You might remember the two of them working together in a little film called Face/Off. Unfortunately, this is nothing like Face/Off. This flick isn’t good or fun. It isn’t worth your time. Nor is it worth their time.
Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon are a successful and loving professional couple. They would like to have children, but have so far been unsuccessful in conceiving. This is a sad issue that causes many couples pain and anguish. Previously, they have conceived their first child via egg donors. A few years go by and they would like to have a second child. They are fortunate enough to conceive, but then suffer a devastating miscarriage. To answer their yearning for a second child, they turn to using the same egg donor for a second child, as they used for their first daughter.
Everything sounds like a pretty standard TV movie drama up to this point. What we soon learn though is that the nanny that they have hired has some nefarious reasons for taking the job as their nanny. She has hidden ulterior motives for wanting to be close to the family. The couple does not see these motives and selects her to also be their surrogate for their second child. As the movie progresses, friction between Angela and Katie grow. Katie effectively launches a gaslighting campaign against Angela. Brian becomes more concerned about his wife’s behavior and sanity. Meanwhile Brian’s behavior has Angela suspicious of the relationship between Katie and Brian. As their trust and happiness begins to erode, Katie gets closer to accomplishing her goal.
Boy, Inconceivable. That was a rough one. While reasonably acted, the movie can’t be saved from aimless and endlessly bad made-for-TV directing as well as a plodding, unfocused script. The dialog works occasionally. And I mean on a rare occasions. The scenarios and disagreements are overdone. Reactions and score trump up moments to ridiculous heights. The lighting and photography are fine if uninspired, though. I feel bad for Cage and Gershon.
Technical Aspects: 3.5/5
The upside to modern movies of modest budget is that they still typically look and sound good. The audio track is always clear even if the score is sometimes overdone in the moment. You can always hear the dialog which is what is intended to drive this film. The picture looks rather clean most of the time. The primary issue with the picture is the color timing feels a bit weird and the picture feels too glossy and shiny, likely from the lighting and angles. This was all probably the director’s choice, but it winds up revealing some artifacts and imperfections in the picture. It is still pretty pleasant to look at and far more than this movie deserves.
Supplemental Features and Packaging: 2/5
Commentary: (Director Jonathan Baker) I love commentaries. But this was really just 90 minutes of listening to the director prattle on about how highly he thinks of his own work. The man has a serious hero worship issue in this documentary and he is his own greatest hero! This was just boring and painful to listen to. He is certainly no Joe Dante in the commentary world.
Cast and Crew Interviews: (Director, Director of Photography, pretty much the entire small cast) The opinions of what they are making are quite interesting considering the end result. Gershon apparently loved the concept when she first read it. Cage describes this as a documentary thriller in the interview. I can see what he means even if the movie misses the mark by a wide mile. Everyone else seems similarly excited about this piece of work. Director is especially delusional. Apparently, in vitro fertilization will become front and center thanks to this movie. All because that guy Jonathan Baker made this film. Or so he thinks. A little odd that this movie will bring the conversation front and center considering nobody will see this one.
Behind the Scenes of Inconceivable: Pretty typical. Nothing bad, nothing impressive. At least its better than the movie. Also, its a lot shorter.
Inconceivable trailer: It’s a trailer. For a bad movie.
Honestly, these supplements aren’t particularly bad, save for the commentary. The problem is I can’t conceive of a reason why someone would want to watch anything more from this movie.
Lionsgate has presented Inconceivable in a standard and uninspired presentation of mediocre artwork that is still far better than the product held within deserves.
Inconceivable Overall: 1.5/5
Inconceivable was a terrible watch. It was fun watching the interviews, though. Everyone seems to either be in denial or genuinely think that they have really made something good that will positively impact the industry and society. Between the interviews and commentary, it is clear the director is completely convinced that what he has done is a great work that will change the conversation. He seems to think that in vitro fertilization will become a common piece of conversation simply because of his movie. He also repeatedly states that he created a great piece of work. I find it very off putting that he brags on his own movie here. The man has clearly never met reality. On the upside, the movie looks pretty decent and sounds fine. Huzzah! Okay, I’m really out of things to say about this one. Okay, there is just one more thing: Pass!
If for some reason you are compelled to buy this you can probably find it on Amazon through the end of time, since they should never sell out of their copies.
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