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Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann, Peter Falk. (Paramount).

Product Description: The weirdness of actor Nicolas Cage and the weirdness of science-fiction author Philip K. Dick seem like a natural fit. The premise, taken from a short story by Dick, is a good one: A mediocre Las Vegas magician named Chris Johnson (Cage) can see into the future--but only about two minutes at the most. Just enough to pull off his act and to make some money at the gambling tables, so long as he's discreet. Unfortunately, he hasn't been discreet enough; a government agent (Julianne Moore) has sussed out his precognitive talent and wants to use him to track down terrorists. But all Johnson cares about is a beautiful young woman (Jessica Biel, The Illusionist) that he can see in his future--much further in his future than he's ever seen before. Next has flashes that point to a much, much better movie than it turned out to be. A sequence in which Johnson, clairvoyantly explores all the different permutations of how he might approach his mystery woman is both funny and thought-provoking, and when Johnson avoids pursuers by knowing just the right moment to turn a corner or duck his head, it's smart and suspenseful. Unfortunately, the terrorist part of the plot is utterly perfunctory and precognition is reduced to an action movie gimmick. Somewhere in there is the kernel of a romantic comedy about precognition that's just waiting to be made. Cage gives a solid if unsurprising performance, Moore is basically earning a paycheck, but Biel is unexpectedly good (and her part is considerably better-written than your usual romantic interest); her performance suggests a better future than anyone might have predicted

Review: 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...more

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Release Date: April 27, 2007
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Lee Tamahori
Screenwriter:
Gary Goldman
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel
Genre: Action, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violent action, and some language)
Official Website: Nextmovie.com

Plot Summary: In "Next," based on the Philip K. Dick story "The Golden Man," Nicolas Cage plays a man with the unique ability to see future events and affect their outcome. Relentlessly pursued by the FBI, which is seeking to use his abilities to prevent a global terrorist threat, he is ultimately faced with the daunting choice of saving the world or the woman he loves

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EN 5 Second Review: Another Cage film plus its a Philip K Dick story. Count us in.

Irresistible junk food via director Lee Tamahori, who fulfills the contract clause requiring Cage to take his shirt off at least once in every picture
Jan Stewart: Newsday
Preposterous and diverting, "Next" takes ample advantage of the sole ace up its sleeve: Cris is able to alter the course of events, based on his knowledge of what is to transpire. So stuff happens, then the action rewinds to the starting line and it promptly unhappens....more

The tagline says, 'If you can see the future, you can save it.' For that matter, if you don't see Next, you can save 96 minutes. What starts out as a mildly diverting thriller blows itself to smithereens in the final reel
Justin Chang: Variety
Having recently blazed up the screen in "Ghost Rider," Cage (who also produced "Next") is once again in reluctant action-hero mode as Cris Johnson, a Las Vegas man whose ability to see two minutes into the future -- and thereby alter it -- turns out to be both a blessing and a curse...more

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Harry Smith chats with actress Julianne Moore about her roll in the action film "Next," and how she manages to find a healthy balance between work and home

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