Friday, January 24, 2014

Next (2007) [PG-13] ***



Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) has a magic show in Las Vegas, where he bills himself as Frank Cadillac, a combination of two of his favorite things – Frankenstein and Cadillacs. But what his audience doesn't know is that Johnson has a special talent; he can see two minutes into the future. But, only his own future, and only two minutes of it. He uses his talent in his magic show, and around the Las Vegas casinos.

And then, one day he crosses paths with Liz Cooper (Jessica Biel), and for some reason he can see at least twenty-four hours into their future together. Johnson doesn't understand why, and while he's trying to figure it out, he becomes the target of an FBI investigation. Special Agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) has a big problem; a Russian ten kiloton nuclear device has been stolen, and Homeland Security suspects that it's in Los Angeles. Ferris has recognized Johnson's special talent and believes he can help her locate the bomb before it is detonated and kills eight million people.

Despite some plot holes and a screenplay that sputters in the third act, this film is quite a thrill ride, featuring understated, believable performances by all three leads, genuine romantic chemistry between Cage and Biel, and excellent special effects and cinematography. If you're a Nicolas Cage fan, or if you enjoyed The Illusionist, also starring Jessica Biel, you may enjoy Next. [Blogger's rating: **** out of 5]

Labels: action, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, space-time, thriller

Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 42/100
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=46, viewers=64)
Blu-ray

Trivia: In an opening scene, Frank Cadillac (Cage) is doing his magic act, and correctly identifies a man in the audience as being from Seoul, Korea. He invites the man's wife onstage to be his assistant for his next illusion. In real-life, she's Alice Kim Cage, Nicolas Cage's wife.


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