One thing is for certain when it comes to Nic Cage and the last decade of his movie career. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, Cage delivers another performance to prove you wrong. Netflix is on board to help Cage, as it just added another one of his wild spectacles, Between Worlds.
In this one, crazy Nic Cage plays crazy Joe, a down-on-his-luck truck driver. Joe is haunted by the memory of his dead wife and young daughter, who both died in a fire. As he tries to cope, he meets a young mother Julie (German actress Franka Potente) who is spiritually gifted, but her ability is only present when she is suffocating.
Julie asks Joe to help her. Julie’s young daughter is in a coma and Julie is desperate to find the lost soul of her daughter, Billie. But as Julie attempts to find her soul with Joe’s help, another soul works its way to the forefront. That being the soul of Joe’s deceased wife, Mary.
Mary is back and she wants to use Billie’s body to take care of some unfinished business she has with the living. It works because Mary’s soul is a strong one and she is thoroughly pissed. Mary then possesses Billie’s body, looking to settle scores and Joe looks to be one box Mary needs to check off.
To call this a horror movie may be doing horror movies a disservice. Nic Cage needs a whole new genre name when it comes to his recent slate of movies. The term “Cage Rage” has been bandied about, but we aren’t even sure that fits. Check out the trailer below and see where it fits into the Nic Cage lexicon.
Between Worlds was written and directed by the Spain-based filmmaker Maria Pulera. When she first wrote the script, it was intended to be a standard thriller. Then she began to collaborate with Nic Cage on the script and suddenly it became “a much more surreal drama in the vein of David Lynch,” Pulera noted via First Showing.
As with most of the movies Nic Cage has released over the past decade or so, critics hated it. Also, as with most of his movies of the last decade, fans loved it. FilmWeek critic Lael Loewenstein lamented, “I’m sorry — who does Nicolas Cage owe money to that he had to take this movie?” while Noel Murry of the LA Times notes, “Writer-director Maria Pulera aims for something with the comic grotesquerie of David Lynch – full of eccentric lowlifes and identity swapping – but a more straightforward plot. What she ends up with is ultimately too tame and under-thought.”
Leigh Monson of Birth.Movies.Death said that “Between Worlds is a weird-ass movie” then describing Nic Cage’s role as “a fascinating character to watch so that by the time the real insane shenanigans start up, they feel right in line with the foundation that Cage laid without losing their shock value”
Between Worlds is just one movie in a long line of strange, at times hard to watch, at times can’t stop watching, Nic Cage movies. It seems like the actor is looking for the weirdest piece of material to put his name to.
Over the past decade, the once highly regarded Nic Cage has been seen in strange and grotesque movies such as Rage, Outcast, Pay the Ghost, Dog Eat Dog, Vengeance: A Love Story, Mom and Dad, Mandy, 211, Running with the Devil, Primal, Jiu Jitsu, and his latest, Willy’s Wonderland. These titles represent just a few of his wild and wooly features covering his last decade. Not one of the above-mentioned movies even made it to the big screen, all having been released straight-to-video.
While fans have flocked to the “Cage Rage” movies, the movies are a far cry from Nic Cage’s earlier career, which saw the one-time A-lister win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas. Cage also nailed a second Academy Award nomination for his roles as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in the 2002 feature Adaptation.
Nic Cage’s career took off after his Oscar win as he then stared in The Rock, Face/Off (with a possible sequel on the way), Con Air, the National Treasure movies as well as the Ghost Rider films.
If you’re looking for strange, you can easily pick any one of Nic Cage’s movies from the last decade. Right now, though, Between Worlds can be found on Netflix.