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Next (2007)
USA / English
"If you can see the future, you can save it. "
A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack.
Nuce Marshall Havasupai Child
Mavis Jones Havasupai Child
Thomas Siyuja Sr. Shaman
Sam Kim Shadow Tech
Max Lee Shadow Tech
Miranda Frigon Diner Waitress
Peter Falk Irv
Adam Lieberman Diner Manager
Michael Runyard Security Guard
Danny Downey Gunman
Bonita Friedericy Cashier Girl
Richard Kay Drunk Man
Logan Christopher Blonde's Boyfriend
Jessica Barth Pretty Blonde
Lorilynn Failor Blackjack Dealer
Edith Fields Old Lady in Casino
Alice Kim Girl with Necklace (as Alice Kim Cage)
Jack Ong Man from Korea
Jon Hughes Emcee
Patricia Prata Showgirl
Charles Chun Davis
Sergej Trifunovic Mr. White
Nicolas Pajon Mr. Green
Laetitia Danielle Miss Brown
Enzo Cilenti Mr. Jones
Michael Trucco Kendall
Jason Butler Harner Jeff Baines
Jim Beaver Wisdom
José Zúñiga Security Chief Roybal (as Jose Zuniga)
Tory Kittles Cavanaugh
Thomas Kretschmann Mr. Smith
Jessica Biel Liz Cooper
Julianne Moore Callie Ferris
Nicolas Cage Cris Johnson
Dimitri Watahomigie Havasupai Child
Kaynece Watahomigie Havasupai Child
Paul Rae Road Crew Foreman
Hinetoa Dead Girl
Jeff Michael Himself
Lisa Joyner Herself
Dean Cudworth JTTF Sniper Agent
Chris Palermo SWAT Commander
John T. Scanlon Helicopter Pilot (as John Scanlon)
Director: Lee Tamahori
Producer: Nicolas Cage,Todd Garner,Norman Golightly,Graham King,Arne Schmidt
Writer: Gary Goldman,Jonathan Hensleigh
Great mindbender
Next is one of those films that requires a second viewing. There's a lot going on and the plot doubles back on itself multiple times. Granted, there are some plot holes and some motivations are suspect, but overall it tends to entertain and keep you going more often than not.

Nicolas Cage plays Cris Johnson, a man who can see two minutes into the future and predict what will happen. The problem is that the future constantly shifts and every action will change the next future. The fact that he can only see up to 2 minutes ahead also limits him somewhat. It does however help greatly in his magic career as a Las Vegas showman. It also helps when playing small time gambling. Unfortunately, it has gotten the attention of the FBI who want Cris to help them stop a Russia nuclear bomb from being detonated on American soil.

As I said, there's a lot of backtracking in the story, which may serve to confuse some but is really important to the storyline. Cage turns in a great performance as the slightly eccentric seeming Cris. Julianne Moore is fine as a hard nosed FBI agent and Jessica Biel does all she can with a somewhat thankless role as the love interest.

Overall, I really enjoyed Next. It's a fun sci-fi film that is the perfect start of the summer season.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 6.2
Musician: Mark Isham
Running time: 96 min
Subtitles: inga
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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Last modified: 2008-01-02 13:09:51