Next – ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – N – Next – Movie Review
Director: Lee Tamahori
Writer: Gary Goldman, Jonathan Hensleigh, Paul Bernbaum (Screenplay)
Writer: Philip K Dick (Novel)
- Nicolas Cage (Pig)
- Julianna Moore (Still Alice)
- Jessica Biel (Blade Trinity)
- Thomas Kretschmann (Inglorious)
- Tory Kittles (Those Who Wish Me Dead)
Plot: 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.
Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Next starts when Las Vegas magician Cris Johnson (Cage) goes through his typical con routine, as he waits for his perfect moment. He can see two minutes into the future but for some reason, he can see Liz (Biel) further. As he keeps returning, he has drawn the eyes of the FBI. Callie (Moore) wants Cris to help with her latest case.
Cris goes on the run with Liz, and Callie needs to find him to help stop a terrorist attack. While the terrorists Mr Smith (Kretschmann) has orders to eliminate Cris before he stops their own plan.
Verdict on Next
Next is a sci-fi thriller that follows a magician with psychic powers that gives him the ability to see two minutes into the future. He meets someone who makes his ability stronger and needed to stop a terrorist attack.
This gives us an interesting concept that takes us through an idea of a psychic uses his skills for his own profit without hurting anyone. Drawn into a criminal case while first falling in love with someone, he can finally meet. The film leaves us feeling flat with the final act, because the film is left on a massive cliff-hanger. This does have a good cast and does get Nicolas Cage having plenty of fun.
Final Thoughts – Next is a frustrating thriller left with too many questions.