Nicolas Cage’s ‘Arcadian’ Called Must-See Sci-Fi Horror

By Jeffrey Rapaport | Published

Nicolas Cage may not be the actor we need, but—hey—he’s the actor we deserve. In all seriousness, his latest film, the sci-fi horror flick Arcadian, is not to be missed. At least, according to the folks over at Collider, who assigned it a rave review. In their eyes, the latest addition to Cage’s eclectic and storied career amounts to a thrilling blend of science fiction and horror.

Another Hit For Nic Cage

Benjamin Brewer, known for his incredible visual effect work in Everything Everywhere All at Once, directed the film, while Michael Nilon penned it. Reportedly, the movie is a bold testament to Cage’s undeniable knack for delivering multifaceted performances. Sure, Cage gifts us Adaptation as readily as he curses us with The Wicker Man, but the new sci-fi horror title would seem to feature his degree of talent from the former, thankfully. The film also functions compellingly as a singular narrative in its own right. 

Arcadian Is A Post-Apocalyptic Monster Movie

Nicolas Cage plays Paul, father to twin sons, in Arcadian. Together, the family navigates a shattered, post-apocalyptic world, seeking safety in a remote farmhouse along the frontier. The setting ably functions as a battleground, pitting the three against both the natural elements and horrifying creatures, apparently a high point of the horror film. 

Thus, marinating in some stellar post-apocalyptic desolation, Arcadian delivers an engaging new addition to the horror sci-fi drama, where monsters lurk in the darkness, imperiling three vulnerable humans held together by the unbreakable bonds of family.

Children Of Men Meets The Shining

Benefiting from a unique narrative approach and visual style—reminding audiences of the unbroken, handheld shots employed by Alfonso Cuarón in Children of Men—Nicolas Cage’s Arcadian distinguishes itself from less cinematic horror sci-fi through realism. In the vein of iconic horror staples like The Shining, the film blends genuine cinema with genre frights to significant effect. 

Nevertheless, via effective storytelling and character development, the film delves deeply into the psyches of its characters as much as it treats external threats; exploring the former, the movie treats profound themes of fear, hope, and resilience. 

The film’s narrative prowess and engaging character arcs make sense when you consider Brewer, its director, wrote Netflix’s recent smash hit (starring Justin Timberlake, of all people), Reptile. 

One Of Cage’s Best Performances Yet

Critics have particularly enjoyed Nicolas Cage’s grounded, nuanced portrayal of Paul in Arcadian. This performance offers a durable foundation on which the story and character relationships build before everything escalates into high-octane chaos. Cage’s performance alternates between understated and powerful, demonstrating his real-deal acting chops yet again. 

Heartfelt moments and horror coexist in a winsome balancing act in the movie, particularly regarding the relationship between Paul and his sons. The investment in character relationships extends to other survivors, too, all of which injects a layer of emotional depth to the project so often missing in traditional horror films. 

Arcadian’s Release Date

However, Brewer does not skimp on the all-important facet of any good horror movie—the monsters. Apparently, they are sufficiently well-crafted, scary, and intriguing, enriching the film’s overall allure.

 Ultimately, given Collider’s stellar review and its upcoming April 12 debut, we can’t wait for Nicolas Cage’s new sci-fi horror film, Arcadian. 

Source: Collider