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- Mind Bending
This film was on par with the Matrix and others of the genre. Well acted, of course, with Nicolas Cage in the lead.
I can't understand why we didn't see anything about the film when it was released?
- NEXT time....
A cool twist to time travel. Keeps you stuck to the story and hopeful all the way to the end. For both Cage and for Biel....more info
- a good story
it has a good story that you have to watch twice to catch everything! i have it on hddvd and im glad i got it.
- about as good as Cage's dye job
#1 Cage's dye job was more distracting then the bad acting. Then again, maybe that's a good thing because it took my focus off the movie itself.
#2 Cage is way too old to be playing alongside such a yougner actress. Their relationship was really unbelievable and ridiculous.
This isn't one of Cage's better movies and not worth the price to rent or buy. I was so disappointed by thsi movie I actually feel the need to leave a review to save other unsuspecting victims....more info
- From J. Kaye's Book Blog
Nicolas Cage stars as Cris Johnson, a magician, who can see can see a few minutes into the future. He tries to stay off the government's radar. The reasons are obvious. They'll use his abilities, which is exactly what happens when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear bomb. Chis becomes a hunted man.
The story idea behind this movie is awesome. It was the acting that fell short, starting with Nicolas Cage. He wasn't the only one though. It was as though no one really wanted to be there. They were all just reading lines from the script. Also I want to add, there are some movies Cage was meant to star in. This wasn't one....more info
- NEXT movie please - and quick
Great idea and concept but what an appalling movie. Lost all credibility (not that it had much in the first place) when Nicolas cage clones / replicates himself......... the ending just belies belief and you think why on earth you have sat through the last hour of utter drivel only for it to come to such an abrupt and implausible close. Clearly the producers lost interest and whoever edited it must have been on LSD. I suppose if you are brain dead and have nothing else to do on a cold / wet Spring day in NJ it might be something to put on as it works better than Ambien at inducing a deep coma....more info
The movie called NEXT is one of the best I have seen in a long time. The whole movie is interesting and has a great and surprising ending. I think it is well worth the purchase price.
- NICK CAGE'S BEST MOVIE IN YEARS!
This is one of the best action movies I've seen in years. The film is a mix of the films 'Memento','Ground Hog Day' and 'Spider-Man'. The premise is interesting, there is lots of action, a decent love story and a guy with a super power!.....well sort of. Nick Cage is perfectly cast as a magician in Las Vegas with a unique ability to see into his own imediate future. Pay close attention as Cage's character will go from seeing his future to present in a matter of seconds. This reminded me of Spider-man's "spider sense" as Cage is able to do some pretty cool tricks with his incredible ability. Jessica Biel is Cage's love interest and she does a very good job...not to mention, she's really nice to look at! A very cool story that had me totally engrossed from beginning to end. ...more info
- Leaving Las Vegas Forever
Based on a story by Phillip K. Dick (probably the most frequently adapted writer of the past thirty years), "Next" starts off with what would appear to be a can't-miss, sure-fire premise. In yet another in what is fast becoming a long string of unchallenging roles, Nicolas Cage plays Cris Johnson, a Vegas magician with the uncanny ability to see two minutes into his own future. So far, he's used this talent only as a part of his stage act and as a means of beating the house at gambling when he heads to the local casinos. But now he's being asked by the FBI to employ his unique skill in helping to thwart a terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear bomb in downtown Los Angeles. Cris, however, wants nothing whatsoever to do with saving the world (for reasons that are never made entirely convincing for the audience), so he's off and running through the greater Southwest with both the feds and the bad guys hot on his trail. It certainly doesn't help that, just on the face of it, this is probably one of the least necessary pursuits in movie history.
"Next" might have been an interesting movie had the writers found a way to really make the time-bending premise believable and compelling, instead of just using it as an excuse to get everybody zipping around in fast-moving cars. In addition, under Lee Tamahori's directorial aegis and with a screenplay concocted by no fewer than three (!) paid writers, we're treated to cardboard villains with sinister accents, chintzy production values and special effects, incoherently executed gun battle scenes, plot holes one can drive a mack truck through, and a plethora of predictable man-on-the-run, action movie cliches. Even on a plot level, this gimmicky movie rarely plays fair with its audience, having Cris perform amazing feats that have little or nothing to do with his ability to read the future. Then, in a final act of disrespect, the filmmakers tack on one of those ridiculous we-were-just-kidding-folks endings that is enough to turn a person off movies forever.
In addition to Cage, the movie wastes the considerable talents of Julianne Moore, in yet another of her hysterical, over-the-top law enforcer roles (when is she planning on appearing in a good movie again?), and Jessica Biel, who is at least appealing as the unsuspecting girl Cris drags along on his utterly pointless tri-state spree.
"Next" proves that, even for Nicholas Cage - who has hitherto done pretty well for himself with movies set in Sin City ("Leaving Las Vegas," "Honeymoon in Vegas") - Lady Luck won't always be smiling.
- A good time paradox sci fi movie
If you could see the future, would you be rich or a government slave?
Are we really more connected to some people than others?
Is there really a "greater good" that needs to be served
in the name of goodness?
The good thing about this movie is it gives you nothing about
"predestination" or loops in time.
The acting is very good, the script writing and setting are also fine.
They did maybe more than justice to Philip K. Dick's idea.If the Hollywood people would only learn to read sci fi for themselves,
Gordon R. Dickson's work
might also find justice in a script....more info
- Good movie, but lacks development
While Next is an interesting story and not one I've really heard yet, it does lack some development. They should've spent some of their budget on making the film a little longer to develop the stories and characters a little more. Honestly, a 2 hour movie is not hard to sit through. A 90 minute movie that doesn't make sense is hard to sit through.
The story will take some time to understand, you may not understand it until the end but it is a good story, again it just lacks some development. Cage's character definitely lacks development as it is hard to understand how he does some of these things until after he does them. The relationship with Biel's character can be easily explained, however it is somewhat creepy if you know their age difference.
Overall this was an interesting and one I'll probably watch again as it kept my attention for most of the movie and was fairly entertaining. I give it a 7 because it just wasn't developed enough. ...more info
- Exciting SF inspired by "The Golden Man" by Philip K Dick
Nicholas Cage produced and took the lead in this clever, action-packed film inspired by "The Golden Man", a short story by Science Fiction author Philip K Dick.
Quite a few of Philip K Dick's stories have been made into films -"Minority Report" and "Paycheck" spring to mind. In my opinion this is one of the best and more imaginative, though certainly not the closest to the original. The hero of "Next" takes his name and his special abilty from "The Golden Man" and some of the action scenes brilliantly bring to life equivalent passages from the short story, although the setting and plot are completely different. Where Philip K Dick's original was set in a time after a war where the government hunts down and euthanises all mutants including those with special abilities, "Next" is set in a time like our own, in which a government faced by a serious terrorist threat is looking for any angle, no matter how strange, to help defeat it.
Cage plays Cris Johnson, who has the psychic ability to see into the future - but usually only two minutes into the future, and then only if it is something which affects him. Then he sees a beautiful woman (Liz, played by Jessica Biel) visit a restaurant at a specific time of day at some uncertain point in the future, so he waits there for a few minutes each day at that time until she appears.
Cage has been earning a living on the stage using his talent to do "magic tricks" and supplementing it with a little gambling. But unknown to him, FBI special agent Callie Ferris, played by Julianne Moore, has become aware of his abilities and is convinced his talent is real. She is desperate to apprehend a group of terrorists who have stolen a nuclear warhead and is trying to recruit Cris in the hope that he can help to find the nuke before the bad guys set it off.
Unfortunately for both Cris and Liz, the terrorists discover that the same Federal agency which is hunting them is also very interested in Cris. (This isn't stated in the film at any stage but I assumed while I was watching the film that the terrorists are supposed to have either a mole or some kind of highly effective bug inside the FBI.) So the terrorists decide to kill Cris as a potential threat or use someone close to him as a hostage or as bait to flush him out ...
The action is pretty much non-stop, usually highly dramatic, and has some original twists, the acting is mostly pretty good, and although there is the odd hole in the plot it is not too difficult to suspend disbelief. The twist at the end is very clever.
No, it is never quite explained who the terrorists are or what their objective is, other than that they are a group of ruthless, highly trained and well equipped french-speaking caucasians who want to nuke Southern California. Sadly, in the world we are living in today, the presence of a group of terrorists supported by considerable resources who are prepared to go to great lengths, including the loss of their own lives, to blow up innocent people, is hardly the most implausible part of the film.
I'm surprised this wasn't more successful at the box office, I thought it was a very good film, especially if you like Sci-Fi thrillers. If you enjoyed either Paycheck or Minority Report, you will very probably like Next. ...more info
This is a FANTASTIC movie...Keeps you on your toes...You have to watch it constantly with NO interruptions!!1
Action Packed and Can't wait until the sequel (hopefully there will be a sequel)..
- Bad Dialogue
This movie had potential but the wooden dialogue gave the actors little to nothing to work with. ...more info
- Nicholas Cage Seeing Two Minutes into the Future: Entertaining, But Not Great
"Next" is an action film built on an intriguing sci-fi concept. The film stars Nicholas Cage as Cris Johnson, a Las Vegas "magician" who can see the future. Actually, he can see only two minutes into the future, but his uncanny ability would be still useful for some people, like an FBI agent played by Julianne Moore, chasing a group of terrorists who have smuggled a nuclear bomb into America.
Yes, the film's story is implausible, full of plot holes and sometimes the "two-minutes-into-the-future" idea seems totally forgotten, but once action gets started, the film is entertaining. I really enjoyed watching Cage's hero evading dangers, running (or walking) away from guards hiding behind objects in a casino, or dodging numerous objects flying and falling (including a bullet) in the cliffside scene. One humorous scene has him trying to talk to his love interest, a beautiful teacher named Liz (played by Jessica Biel) that reminds us of "Groundhog Day."
Unfortunately, Cris' romance turns out one of the weakest parts of the film. The heroine is too generic to make the love story interesting and though Nicolas Cage's character remains likeable and watchable, most characters in "Next" are colorless or given too short time to shine like Peter Falk's. We are not allowed to know even the motives or backgrounds of the terrorists. Special effects are not very impressive and some of them look hurriedly done.
While watching the film, I was wondering: "Why didn't they use Julianne Moore's no-nonsense FBI agent as Cage's possible love interest, who is definitely a more interesting character than Biel's. You know this is not a masterpiece, but you will also find this film could have been much better, more thrilling with minor changes. Perhaps that is why some people (including me) didn't like the ending, which looks a bit abrupt.
I'm not saying "Next" is a terrible film (especially after seeing "The Wicker Man," which it is.) But the film still needs more actions, more chemistry between Cage and Biel, and most of all, like "Ghost Rider," more original ways to make use of the hero's unique abilities....more info
- A different twist.
Right off, I liked it - a lot. This genre of film is right up my alley. A good story line. Excellent acting by Mr. Cage (and I'm not a fan). Supporting cast adequate. Fast moving - action - kept my interest throughout. The story moves easily from start to finish. The theme: time, and ones ability to see ahead - not really unique, however, with a "different twist", which I thoroughly enjoyed. Both Ms. Moore and Ms. Biel had important roles, however, were shadowed by Mr. Cage who was really in his element. ...more info
- Here's the thing about the future, every time you look at it..........
Next starring Nicolas Cage is an action thriller about a magician who can see exactly two minutes into the future. Julianne Moore plays an FBI agent who recruits him to help prevent a bombing by Terrorist. Peter Faulk(aka Columbo) has a small part in the movie. It's nice to see him still working.
This movie has an underlying Science Fiction/ Fantasy theme, something that seems to be happening more and more these days. I was surprised to find this. I don't recall it being promoted at all.
Highly recommended for fans of Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore and Peter Faulk and Science Fiction/ Fantasy movies.
Gunner April, 2008
- real entertainment value
It was worth watching and I liked the movie. Some of the scenes were very clever, so if you want a nice short movie that doesn't require alot of analysis, get this one....more info
- And Then...?
The Good Things
*Very cool action and special effects. The movie's main concept makes for some very interesting, memorable scenes.
*Camermanship is very smooth, slick, and use some very cool colors.
*The storyline generally works.
*Characters are not bad. Jessica Beil's character stands out very well; she is awesome.
*Good, original production design.
The Bad Things
*The ending!!! What happens next?! Are they going to make sequels or what?!
*Not sure if it's accurate to the original story (then again, every adaptation of PKD tends to be different for some odd reason...).
I didn't expect much, but this film turned out to be very slick. The action and effects are smashing, and jive really well with the central idea. The whole movie is engaging, but not hyper or overdone. The only bad weakness is the end (don't you just hate those endings when the main character wakes up and it turned out to be a dream? Ugh). However, if they intend on making sequels, this would be a promising start. I would gladly reccomend this to action or sci-fi fans....more info
- Fairly good movie
The casting in this film didn't work too well. With the exception of the National Treasure movies, I've never been overly impressed with Nicholas Cage as the leading man in a movie. He's a strong supporting actor. Plus Cage seems to be a little old for such an action-driven part with a young love interest. And I hate the hair style and its attempt to make him look younger. And I just don't like Jessica Biel. Not sure why. And Julianne Moore tries to be the tough FBI agent and just comes off as a you know what. And it didn't help that they left important questions unanswered (particularly the one revolving around Biel's character). So why did I give it 3 stars? Well, it does have some very good moments that made it worth watching.
The story is actually quite interesting. A man with the ability to see a few minutes into his own future? What could a person do with that power? The film uses it to provide a lot of humor, for one. Chris uses it in the casino, then uses it to dodge security in said casino. One bit that was very good was how he not only sees into the future, he can see more than one possible future depending on his own actions. When he finally meets Jessica Biel, he changes his "approach" several times to see what will get her to like him! Cage is charming and it comes across here. While I think he was too old for the part, and the love-interest of Biel, he did well with it because a person would have to have years of experience to use that power as well as he does in this film. The special effects were well done. Nothing awesome, just suited to the movie's tone and story. The story also had some surprises thrown in to keep the audience guessing. When was Chris using the power, and when wasn't he? The nuclear bomb scare that has Moore hunting him was silly. I just couldn't see how his two minutes of sight could help there (and neither could he). The producers never managed to overcome that, though they did try. It would have been better to just have them after him because of the power itself. The ending. Well, the ending will leave you thinking about the entire film. Some will hate it, and some will love it. And though I don't like to admit it (as I fall in the first camp) it was nearly perfect for such a movie.
Overall, give this flick a chance and rent it. I was entertained, and that's the most important criteria that needs to be met....more info
- I made a mistake, it is happening now!
The plot on this movie is amazing. The bad guys are watching the FBI. The FBI is watching Cris Johnson, who can see two minutes into the future.
A self-referential, infinite regression loop, allowed Cris to see Liz execution in the future. The second alternate reality, they all die in a nuclear explosion. The third alternate reality was not revealed.
Cris is a human quantum computing machine with access to N dimensional pathway capablity, the "One".
Cris can see further into the future when around Liz. Cris realizes his plan will fail and negotiates with the FBI agent, Callie Ferris for an alternative plan excluding Liz. The two drive off without knowing, if that reality saved Liz. Maybe all roads lead to the death of Liz and the detonation. An amazing twist, a paradox, a looping structure with no exit. Should they have done nothing?
Your not sure, if it is destiny for Liz to die and the nuke to detonate. The plot is amazing. Perhaps, better than "Lake House" because the ending seems to be predictable, defeat the bad guys. However, at the end of the movie, did the bad guys get defeated and their plan foiled?...more info
- How ridiculous can a movie be?
This may be the worse big budget movie that I have ever seen. First, Nicolas Cage is laughable. He is a horrible actor. His choice of movies, mainly action hero films hides his incompetence as an actor. If he wasn't
Francis Ford Coppola's nephew, we may have been spared his one dimensional man acting. Second, the plot of this film is comic book material. Phillip K Dick's books aren't all great material.
This movie is for the simple minded, one dimensional, testosterone idiots that made Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Diesel and Van Damme stars.
Heaven help us that this non-sensical crap is being consumed by our young
people. Dumb actors, big tits exposed and lousy scripts. Perhaps this explains how an idiot like Bush could become President of the United States. Our kids are becoming mindless consumers.
How did a decent actress like Julianne Moore end up in this film? Where is her judgment?
I gave it one star. It deserves none!!!!! ...more info
- Next is aimless and unbelievable
Nic Cage plays a man who can see 2 minutes into his own future. He uses this ability in a low budget magic act in Vegas. To support himself he gambles at the casinos, but not enough to alert the security. One night unfortunately he does attract their attention. His ability to anticipate security's every move allows him to escape and gains the attention of the FBI. The FBI is searching for a missing nuclear weapon and want Cage to help. Cage is more interested in meeting the woman who he had a vision of. She is the only vision he's ever had that's more than 2 minutes into the future. He uses his weird ability to charm her and keep ahead of the FBI. The people who stole the bomb are also after Cage to kill him.
I think someone had the idea of a guy who had a limited ability to tell the future but obviously didn't know where to go with the premise. This story doesn't work. The love story between Cage and Biel is dull and unbelievable and to top it all, no explanation is given for why he saw her so far in advance. The bomb story line is just poorly thought out. The bad guys are indistinct and uninteresting and no reason is given for why or how they stole the nuke. The ending is stupid and left me asking, "Is that it?" Next has an intrigueing premise but they had no idea what to do with it....more info
- Watchable Hollywood Cage Film - 3.5 stars
NEXT certainly wasn't as bad as some critics made it out to be. My local newspaper reviewer said the plot was convoluted - what rubbish! This is one of the easiest films that one could watch. Yes, the film could have been much darker and more complex. Philip Dick the writer had a propensity for that - but of course, what we get is not a sci-fi film noir but a Nicholas Cage film. I am a big Nicholas Cage fan, but I have to say that he no longer (if he did) has that dark edge. He's almost cartoony - and his hair needs serious help. Still, a good cast, a simple story - make this easy to follow. Rent or buy it for entertainment. Nicholas Cage's performances would be much better if someone could do a Sean Connery on him and fix his hair. Seriously....more info
- Good movie...but
This movie died at the end. When you see that Nicholas Cage had seen the last 30 minutes of the movie in a vision, the movie died quickly....more info
- Good entertainment
I'm surprised I like this film, but that keeps happening with me and Nicholas Cage. The movies I think I'll hate, I love and the ones I think I'll love, I hate. Weird. Anyway, my best friend encouraged me to watch this movie and I'm glad that I did. I thought the little quirk of being to see into the future for just two minutes intriguing. I found Chris/Frank odd and charming. Biel was actually pretty good as a love interest in this film and I even like the big twist at the end. Win. Win....more info
- Pleasantly surprised
Nicolas Cage the psychic. The guy has prophetic ability two minutes into the future, but uses his powers to case Vegas slots and do bad magic tricks.. Terrorists plot detonate a massive bomb in a major metropolitan area. The feisty F.B.I. agent Julianne Moore learns of Cage's ability and wants to use him to find the bomb, and the killer babe in Jessica Biel falls with vacant eyes for our star. All the ingredients for a bad z movie. But it is good. I've watched it twice, and would definitely recommend it. Cage gets around and does some diverse roles, to the say the least. My other favorites of his are Gone in Sixty Seconds [Region 2], and starring Sean Connery, The Rock
- Starts off good, then goes nowhere
Philip K. Dick adaptations are a tricky science. Now and then, you'll get genre classics like Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, and to a lesser extent Total Recall. Other times, you'll get Paycheck. Next falls somewhere in between, with Nicolas Cage starring as Cris Johnson: a two-bit Vegas magician who can see two minutes into the future. Using this ability to get by via gambling, Cris soon learns that a government agent (Julianne Moore) is after him to use him to track down terrorists and a stolen weapon, but all Cris has on his mind is a mysterious woman (Jessica Biel) whom he keeps seeing visions of. Next does get off to a great start with some inventive storytelling that actually manages to echo Dick's "The Golden Man" story of which the film is based, but it sadly veers into a pretty predictable, glossy action yarn that doesn't suit the talents of the otherwise solid director Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day). The villains (featuring the talented Thomas Kretschmann) get no depth at all, nor do many of the other characters besides Cris, and the film's ending will just leave you infuriated. Still, Cage is actually pretty good, and Biel is surprisingly good as well, but neither can manage to save this flick. All in all, Next is a disappointment in terms of being a fan of Philip K. Dick tales, and as a stand-alone sci-fi/actioner, just doesn't offer enough to keep you interested....more info
- Interesting Premise--Makes the Book Appealing
I had completely missed Next when it was in the theaters and even when it hit DVD. I'm not sure how I became aware of it, but I saw it, read about it, and the premise intrigued me.
The movie is essentially about a Vegas magician (Nicholas Cage) that can see 2 minutes into the future. He, of course, uses this to his advantage during his magic shows. This come to the attention of an FBI agent (Julianne Moore) who is trying to discover where a terrorist group is hiding a nuclear bomb. To add to the whole adventure, Nicholas' character can see farther than 2 minutes in the future with regards to one individual (Jessica Biel's character).
The plot was very good, and I enjoyed the movie completely throughout. The ending was a little shocking, and actually left me wanting more... whether that is a good thing or not you can decide. In my case, I felt like it wasn't.
All in all, definitely a movie worth watching, especially for those that enjoy movies along these lines. ...more info
This is a rather good show that could have been great. It does not live up to its potential, but is still fun.
Nicholas Cage stars as Chris Johnson (stage name Frank Cadillac), a mediocre Las Vegas illusionist with a unique ability. He has the capability to see two minutes into the future. This has helped his entertainment career quite a bit. Unfortunately for him, the FBI and some terrorists have both figured it out also and are trying to get their hands on him. His only concern is a woman that he has met, her safety, and his relationship with her.
The story has quite a few twists and turns and more than a few great parts. It really was very good. It just could have been quite a bit better. Nevertheless, it is a fun way to spend 90 minutes or so....more info