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Next (2007)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

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

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violent action, and some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Philip K. Dick, Gary Goldman, Paul Bernbaum, Jonathan Hensleigh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2007
Box Office: $18.0M
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Nicolas Cage
as Cris Johnson
Julianne Moore
as Callie Ferris
Jessica Biel
as Liz Cooper
Tory Kittles
as Cavanaugh
Enzo Cilenti
as Mr. Jones
Jose Zuniga
as Security Chief Royba...
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 Marsha...
as Havasupai Child
Mavis Jones
as Havasupai Child
Paul Rae
as Road Crew Foreman
Hinetoa
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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Critic Reviews for Next

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (25)

This busy sci-fi thriller often seems like a page full of equations rendered meaningless by an early misplaced decimal point.

Full Review… | December 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Another failed attempt to bring Dick's deliriously paranoid mind-set to the screen.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Tamahori and the phalanx of writers implode Dick's intriguing premise into a pedantic thriller.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Nobody said this had to be great art, but why couldn't it be a satisfying thrill machine?

Full Review… | July 7, 2008
ESplatter

It's debatable whether Cage's supernatural ability is any more interesting than his strange coiffure.

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
Lessons of Darkness

Predictable Cage sci-fi tale may entertain teens.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Next

½

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Super Reviewer

Chris Johnson was born with the ability to see two minutes into his own future but chose to hide it in an attempt to lead a "normal" life, until FBI agent Julianne Moore decides that he is her best chance of foiling a terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear weapon in California. Next is a fairly generic sci-fi actioner based on an interesting premise taken from yet another Philip K. Dick story, but the upshot is that it's 24 with Hiro from Heroes standing in for Jack Bauer. There are a couple of flaws in the logic of the plot; the reason why Jessica Biel's pretty and pretty irrelevant character alters his ability and who the terrorists are and what it was they hoped to achieve are both completely ignored. What is left though is an entertaining action flick that ticks all the no-brainer boxes. Essentially it's just a superhero film without the tights but thanks to some well executed set pieces and direction with a modicum of flair it's a fun way to spend an hour and a half if you're not in the mood for anything too taxing.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Bad acting + bad plot = bad sci-fi(-ish) movie.

Raajay
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Next Quotes

Cris Johnson: Did you hear the one about the Zen master who ordered a hot dog.
Liz Cooper: No.
Cris Johnson: He said he'd have one with everything.
– Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
Callie Ferris: You have CTV camera here inside?
Diner Manager: Here? um. No.
Callie Ferris: So, inside?
Liz Cooper: Uh. No.
– Submitted by Facebook U (4 years ago)

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