“Dakota Fanning is a good actress” is what I kept telling myself as I watched this long movie, which was actually just under two hours in length but felt longer. Indeed, Fanning is an incredible child actor and she is in many scenes in the film. She says all of her lines convincingly, but unfortunately her character Cassie Holmes uses foul language in a few scenes and gets drunk in another scene. It’s not a very good example for teens who may possibly catch this film.
The movie is about a “watcher” (clairvoyant), which is Cassie, and she and Nick Gant (Chris Evans) join forces to end the corrupt Division’s evil. As a child Nick’s father told him that one day he would meet a young lady who would give him a flower and to trust her. Shortly after meeting Cassie, she indeed presents him with a flower. Then she solicits his help to squash the evil power of the Division. Along the way they deal with the Division’s Agent Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou) who is able to place lies into people’s minds and make them believe it is the truth. In one case he convinces a man who had no brother that he did indeed have a brother, and that another man killed his brother. The man finds the alleged murderer and kills him.
The film has a lot of plot and it drags from time to time but at any rate the movie contains strong language and violence and cannot be awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal as a family-friendly film.