Who's in It:
Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer, James Caviezel, Adam Goldberg, Elle Fanning
The Basics: I like ridiculous "ride" movies as much as the next person, so I'm happy to say that this ride movie is totally ridiculous. It is, after all, a little hard to get too wound up about reality being punctured when characters are saying, "We can bend the very fabric of space." And someone does say that here. And then they go ahead and actually bend the fabric of space.
What's the Deal? Denzel has to go back in time via super-accidentally advanced technology to save a woman from being murdered and, more importantly, to save a terrorist bomb from exploding in post-Katrina New Orleans.
What It's Really About: Even movies that are designed to be purely entertaining, popcorn thrillers have meaning. And I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that this film's entire reason for existence is to act as a sort of wish-fulfillment fantasy about righting the real-life horrible wrong that obliterated so much of New Orleans.
Glower Factor: Denzel's favorite move lately is to be the grump who gets things done impatient and superior to everyone around him. That is, when he's not winning an Oscar for playing an unhinged cop in Training Day. But here, he seems kind of relaxed, like he might not bite your head off for looking at him wrong.
My Favorite Part: When Denzel is driving around with the Future-Vision helmet and goggles on, seeing and driving in the past even though he's on a busy, traffic-clogged bridge of the present. Yeah, it makes no sense. But the helmet is hilarious.