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Numerous plot holes and poorly motivated characters prevent Next from being the thought-provoking sci-fi flick it could've been.



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A man with the ability to see the future and change the outcome of events before they occur is forced to choose between saving himself and saving the world in this supernatural thriller starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day, The Edge). Cris Johnson (Cage) is a Las Vegas magician who possesses the unique ability to witness the events of the immediate future moments before they happen. As a child Cris was subjected to a series of cruel experiments by government scientists and doctors, but a change of name and a new identity allowed the tortured psychic to elude detection and start a new life away from the prying eyes of his former captors. Though his clairvoyant vision only extends a few minutes into the future, it has still allowed Cris to eke out a living as a low-rent Las Vegas magician while earning a little extra cash at the blackjack tables. Up to this point in his life Cris has never used his power for anything substantial, but when he experiences a vision of Los Angeles being incinerated in a nuclear holocaust, the small-time magician realizes that he could hold the key to saving millions of lives. But as low as he has tried to lie in recent years, Cris has never completely escaped detection by the government. Now, as terrorists prepare to unleash the ultimate horror on an unsuspecting city, FBI counter terror agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) sets out to capture Cris and convince him to use his exceptional gift to prevent the nuclear nightmare from becoming a terrifying reality. Jessica Biel, Peter Falk, and Thomas Kretschmann co-star in the film, which is based on a short story by acclaimed sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Nicolas Cage
as Cris Johnson
Julianne Moore
as Callie Ferris
Jessica Biel
as Liz Cooper
Tory Kittles
as Cavanaugh
Enzo Cilenti
as Mr. Jones
José Zúñiga
as Security Chief Roybal
Nicolas Pajon
as Mr. Green
Max Lee
as Shadow Tech
Sam Kim
as Shadow Tech
Kaynece Watahomigie
as Havasupai Child
Dimitri Watahomigie
as Havasupai Child
Dean Chudworth
as JTTF Sniper Agent
Chris Palermo
as SWAT Commander
John Scanlon
as Helicopter Pilot
Jim Beaver
as Wisdom
Jack Ong
as Korean Man
Alice Kim Cage
as Girl With Necklace
Jessica Barth
as Pretty Blonde
Edith Fields
as Old Lady In Casino
Richard Kay
as Drunk Man
Bonita Friedericy
as Chashier Girl
Mike Runyard
as Security Gard
Nuce Ty-Teray Marshall
as Havasupai Child
Mavis Jones
as Havasupai Child
Paul Rae
as Road Crew Foreman
as Dead Girl
Jeff Michael
as Himself
Lisa Joyner
as Herself
Nuce Ty-Teray
as Havasupai Child
Nuce Marshall
as Havasupai Child
Lorilynn Failor
as Blackjack Dealer
Miranda Frigon
as Diner Waitress
Christopher Logan
as Blonde's Boyfriend
Adam Lieberman
as Diner Manager
Dean Cudworth
as JTTF Sniper Agent
John Thomas Scanlon
as Helicopter Pilot
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  • May 01, 2019
    Cage is quite good in the lead and is well supported by talented actors, but the filmmaking struggles with the overall concept and story. The incorrect director was chosen for this film and this can be said for the various other films he has attempted in the genre, Die another day and Along came a spider come instantly to mind. The special effects and the action scenes are poorly developed. This not a bad film and the first half is very interesting, the breakout from the Casino is fun. The issues are the forced love interest, conspiracy and odd action scenes. The short story was more interesting, why didn't they use that as the basis instead? 23/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2017
    Nick Cage helms this thriller with a supernatural twist in that he plays a dude (Californian accent and all) able to see into the future for 2, count 'em, 2 minutes. Everything happens at once: some international bad guys get a atomic bomb into the U.S., the FBI decide this dude can help 'em find it, just as he runs into "the girl of his dreams". Cue the car chase, the helicopter chase, the explosions, random numbers of people dying in shootouts, etc., etc., etc., = typical Hollywood thriller. It doesn't make sense cause it doesn't have to. Who are you to question, lowly ticket holder?! Eat your popcorn and behold Nicky's black dyed Californian surfer locks! Peter Falk wanders through the middle of the film simply happy to be on the set. Kind of a guilty pleasure. Julianne Moore has a coupla scenes running ... worth the price of admission alone.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2015
    Nicolas Cage is a genius. I think I bring this up in almost every review of his films that I do, but I used to hate this guy as an actor. But the more I saw of him, the more I realized that this guy simply did not give a fuck anymore and his Cage-isms, dating back all the way to the 80s, were simply a way to entertain himself. Never has an actor gained such a cult following by being so purposely bad. And that's why, for a period of about 6 years now, I've loved to watch every Nicolas Cage movie, especially if they're in the low-budget, direct-to-video realm I can find. Granted, this is more of a high-budget affair than I'm used to when it comes to Cage, but I still definitely wanted to see it. But, sadly, in a way, this is a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting the film itself to be any good, and it wasn't, particularly with the ending feeling like an incredibly cheap way out. What I am talking about is the fact that Nicolas Cage is more boring than he is batshit crazy in this film. There are still certain Cage-isms, but if you're looking for something to remind you of why you first fell in love with him in The Vampire's Kiss then you would be barking up the wrong tree. I mean, honestly, the movie does provide some B-movie entertainment. It's goofy, it doesn't make any sense when scrutinized, all its villains are foreign (USA! USA! USA!) and all that good stuff. This movie can definitely be enjoyed, but you need to turn your brain off and realize that you're in for something that's just there to, theoretically, entertain you and I can't even say they did that right. Here's the thing, the film is aware that it doesn't make any sense and it doesn't really make any sort of an effort to try and make any of this fit within its own context. But, honestly, outside of a few B-movie thrills here and there, I don't think this film is even that entertaining in its badness. The exposition itself is just way too damn long, the film is almost an hour gone by the time that the FBI catches up to Cris. The first hour of the film sees Cris falling in love with this woman who lets him see farther into the future than he is able to regularly, he's only able to see 2 minutes into the future, and it is just not very good. The chemistry between Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel just isn't there. I just didn't buy that they were in love, particularly after such a ridiculously short period of time together. Remember how I said that Biel's character let's Cage's character see into the future farther than he normally could. Well, that plays into how the film ends in the worst fucking way possible. I guess it works, partly, within the context of Cris' powers, but it also completely negates about, say, 65% of the film. And, if you hadn't noticed or aren't able to do math properly, 65% is more than half of the film. It's like why in the fuck did I waste my time watching the film if that's how it was gonna end. I'm pretty sure you can see how this is gonna end, it's not like I'm explicitly spoiling it, but you can tell. It's actually an awful ending really. Like I said, it partly works within the context of the narrative, but that doesn't make it any less awful. It's just a cheap way out of giving you an actual ending, that's just how I see it. It's not like the film was good and this ending brought it down several notches, but it's still pretty terrible. While there are some fun moments to be had with this film, they're simply not sustained through its, relatively, brief running time. Not a terrible movie by any means, but it's not one that I would recommend. Cage has both done better and worse. And I mean worse in the most complimentary way possible.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2015
    A film where someone can see 2 minutes into the future was always going to be difficult to understand and in a way it was but it was different, Nothing like we thought it would be it had some good action scenes, As much as the ending annoyed me it fit into the film nicely, Nic Cage was good but I think someone like Tom Cruise would of played it better (No offence Nic) It does leave you trying to work things out in your head and they used his future gift to put in some shock tactics and it all worked, It's by no means a classic but it's as good as it was ever going to be, Even with some cheap effects in places.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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