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Next (DVD)

Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret: he can see two mi nutes into the future. Sick of the government and scientific interest i n his gift, he lies low in Vegas, performing cheap tricks and living off small-time gambling "winnings." But when a terro rist group threatens t o detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, government agent Callie Ferr is must use all her wiles to capture C ris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AEFYPQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While I've never read the Philip Dick story this movie is based on, I'll have to say this story has some strong points on its own. Nicolas Cage is great as "Frank Cadillac" or Chris, as he prefers to be called. He can see two minutes into his own future, and this opens some interesting possibilities. It's funny to see him run through several different pick up scenarios before finally finding one that will work with Jessica Biel. This ability also saves his life several times.

The storyline moves along at a good pace. While there are some boring scenes, there are enough "Wow!" moments to keep you hooked until the end.

Ah, the end...there's our problem. In an attempt to pull out a great plot twist, we end up with a very cheated feeling. It's almost as if we don't get to see how it all ultimately works out. This could have been fixed with about 5 minutes more screen time, but we don't get it. I'm pretty sure the DVD will probably have an alternate ending in there somewhere because I can't believe this is how they originally envisioned it.

As a whole, this was a good movie and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect, and seemed to stumble under the weight of its plot a couple of times (who were the terrorists? where did they get the bomb? Why would a woman like Jessica Biel agree to drive a man she'd just met across the desert...especially when the guy looked like a psycho?), but it was worth the time it takes to watch it.
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Next is a movie based on a classic science fiction theme, the "small" wild talent. It is based on a short story by Philip K Dick, the great science fiction writer whose stories have inspired numerous movies; works by Dick were also the basis for "Blade Runner" (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep), "Total Recall" (We Can Remember It For You Wholesale), "Minority Report," and "A Scanner Darkly," among others, Nick Cage plays Frank Cadillac, a Las Vegas stage mentalist who can actually see the future; the catch is that he can normally only see his own future, and only 2 minutes ahead. He has made a life living "under the radar," exploiting his talent in minor ways, until a rare precognitive glimpse beyond his 2 minute horizon reveals to him the woman that he is destined to be with.

The film is extraordinarily well crafted, gradually introducing the audience to the nature of Frank's power. There is a terrorist nuclear bomb subplot that provides a major plot motivator. With "24" now in its 6th season, this is already beginning to seem a bit tired as a plot device. Nevertheless it keeps things moving and offers Cage's character a fundamental dilemma: what good is a 2 minute warning against a nuclear bomb? In addition, Frank is being chased by Julianne Moore as a federal agent who has figured out Frank's talent and hopes to use it to find the bomb. I found this to be the one serious plot weakness, in that there is not enough of a backstory to explain how Moore's character has become so convinced that she absolutely must have Frank on her side to stop the bomb.

Initially, we see only the effects of Frank's power as he effortlessly evades capture in some beautifully crafted chase scenes, but as the film proceeds, we begin to become privy to Frank's glimpses of the future.
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Next brings to the screen the story of Chris Johnson, a.k.a. Frank Cadillac, a down-on-his-luck onstage Las Vegas magician with a rare gift: to be able to see two minutes into the future! Things "liven up" when a government agent in her effort to find a group of terrorists aiming at detonating a nuclear bomb somewhere in the United States attempts to enlist Chris Johnson who seems to be rather preoccupied with other matters...
There are slight hints of the X-Files, Deja Vu (Denzel Washington), Frequency (Dennis Quaid, James Caviezel), Timecop (Van Damme) and The Lake House (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock).
Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, and the rest of the cast, have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are outstanding to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100% and it really shows (the chemistry is AMAZING)! Very well written and very well presented, the movie is without a doubt guaranteed to provide more than just a few thrills.
The only major setback is in relation to those "geniuses" that came up with the French-speaking Europeans as the villains and with no explanation whatsoever as to their motive! It's not as if there aren't enough prospective terrorists out there, they're lining up for crying out loud, so why go with some of the most unlikely candidates?
What European would even bother to act as such in reality???
Nevertheless, the setting, the plot, the dialogues, and the music are all good.
In conclusion, Next is a movie definitely worth watching and one to seriously consider adding to your movie collection as it is one of those films that gets you and keeps you thinking long after it's over. 4.5 Stars
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By Faucon on November 3, 2007
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Okay, let us start with the positives. Nicholas Cage and the rest of the cast are fantastic. Special affects are nice. and the whole look into the future for two minutes thing is a neat and original idea. Action scenes are fun and fast paced.

But...

The writing is terrible. The FBI knows that an A-bomb is going to be detonated and they know where. But instead of detective work and attempting to find the people who are going to detonate the bomb, they are dumping their resources (not all their resources but the use of even one agent for this would be criminal) into finding a guy who can see 2 WHOLE MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE!!! Yeah, that is useful. Julianne Moore's character thinks she can use Cage's ability to find the bomb which is somewhere in L.A. Of course, if the bomb isn't within 2 minutes travel time of her office her plan won't work. Oh, and her bomb squad will have less than two minutes to de-activate the bomb. Oh, but wait the films premise gets even weaker from here.

The bad guys are also looking for Cage's character. How do they know who Cage is? How do they know what his power is? How can they be as stupid as Julianne Moore by thinking that Cage could stop them? We don't know and we are never told. The ending of this film is terrible and cheats its way out of having to explain most of the problems with the script (But I won't spoil it).

The bottom line is that Next is a movie with a premise, a twist, and without a plot. It is a fun movie to watch, as long as you turn your brain off early in the film, and I think it is worth a rent. But it is a little disappointing that the movie producers couldn't find anyone to write a decent script for this movie.
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