Nicolas Cage plays science teacher John Koestler in this action-thriller which is just as much a mystery tale. A certain young girl at William Dawes Elementary named Lucinda Embry had written down several codes on a piece of paper which was included with other students’ drawings in a time capsule in 1959. Now it is fifty years later and the surviving teacher of this particular class and school, Miss Taylor, is present as the capsule is opened. Koestler’s son Caleb (Chandler Canterbury) receives Lucinda’s paper and sometime later Koestler detects a code. It is a deadly code which has predicted catastrophes for the last fifty years which have all come true. When Koestler sees that a few remain, he decides to do what he can to prevent them from happening. When the first couple of predictions occur, he becomes greatly worried because the last prophecy deals with the end of the world. And Lucinda Embry has passed on and cannot help them although her daughter survives. Some mysterious strangers lurk nearby and in the woods. Do they hold the solution?
This film kept my attention the entire time and it was nice to see a film which was not peppered throughout with language or sex. I was disappointed with the ending because it can be interpreted a few different ways and was a bit of a downer. Without giving the ending away, one question is whether extraterrestrials were involved or angels. Regarding positive themes, the film includes a reconciliation between a father and son, another father’s tender love toward his son, and the theme of going on after a loved one has died.