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Next (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 27 April 2007 (USA)
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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.

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Lee Tamahori

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Gary Goldman (screenplay), Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Cris Johnson
Julianne Moore ... Callie Ferris
Jessica Biel ... Liz Cooper
Thomas Kretschmann ... Mr. Smith
Tory Kittles ... Cavanaugh
José Zúñiga ... Security Chief Roybal (as Jose Zuniga)
Jim Beaver ... NSA Director Wisdom
Jason Butler Harner ... Jeff Baines
Michael Trucco ... Kendall
Enzo Cilenti ... Mr. Jones
Laetitia Danielle Laetitia Danielle ... Miss Brown
Nicolas Pajon ... Mr. Green
Sergej Trifunovic ... Mr. White
Charles Rahi Chun ... Davis (as Charles Chun)
Patricia Prata Patricia Prata ... Showgirl
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Storyline

Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. Sick of the examinations he underwent as a child and the interest of the government and medical establishment in his power, he lies low under an assumed name in Vegas, performing cheap tricks and living off small-time gambling "winnings." But when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris must use all her wiles to capture Cris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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If you can see the future, you can save it.


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action, and some language | See all certifications »

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USA

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English | French | German | Serbian

Release Date:

27 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vidente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,133,049, 29 April 2007

Gross USA:

$18,211,013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,434,049
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2.35 : 1
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Nicolas Cage came up with the idea for his character to be a Las Vegas magician, and for Jessica Biel's character to have a job that took her to a Native American reservation at The Grand Canyon. (information taken from the special features on the North American Blu-ray release) See more »

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(at around 1h 11 mins) The sniper twice tries to make a cell phone call. Both times he gets three tones and a recorded message telling him, "Your call cannot be completed as dialed. Check the number and dial again." Between attempts his phone's LCD reports "NO SERVICE" because previously all cell service was shut down. Such recordings can only come from the service; they're not embedded in every handset. See more »

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Emcee: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the man who knows what you're going to do before you do it. The amazing Frank Cadillac!
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Far more than I expected
5 May 2007 | by SquirePMSee all my reviews

Next is a much better movie than I expected to see, having read some of the reviews which called it disjointed and silly. Quite to the contrary, I found it deeply absorbing. I quickly picked up on the elements which must have caused some reviewers to accuse it of being disjointed, and began enjoying them. Of course silliness is part of any sci-fi story, we suspend our critical senses in that regard or we do not become sci-fi fans.

I single out one performer among a fine cast. Julianne Moore has really established herself as *the* deadpan action queen. She was a better Agent Starling than Jody Foster was, and she's a terrific, dominant presence in this film. Kudos to her for propelling herself to the top of a tough genre. She makes films more interesting to watch, by dint of her strong performances.

I read Phillip K. Dick's "The Golden Man" many years ago and still remember a lot of it. When I first began hearing about this movie I immediately flashed to it and wondered if this was a movie of that intriguing story. The answers are "yes" and "no." "The Golden Man" is a much more ordinary story, but with resounding insights on the consequences of his existence. And his skin was a compellingly attractive rich golden hue, which helped make him irresistible to women. None of that fits this new story, and was properly omitted.

What is translated so well from the written page to the screen is the government's intense interest in him (although for different reasons), its efforts to get him under official control, and the exceeding difficulty of doing so. And of course, the story ends in a wholly different way than the movie, a very satisfying and inevitable conclusion that bolsters Mr. Dick's reputation for opening the future to us.

*** OK, ONE LITTLE SPOILER ALERT *** READ NO FURTHER (unless you don't mind) ***

I just have to add, the flurry of action sequences which come like a staccato rendition of The Flight Of The Bumblebee during his escape from custody, is thoroughly delectable and brought more than one involuntary "Ha!" from the audience I saw it with, including from me. It's one of the tastiest treats in the film.

And finally, yes, I too wish I knew who the heck these terrorists were and what the heck they were trying to accomplish with their nefarious plot. But I guess that's the brave new world we live in. We just don't get to hear the bad guys' dialogue, their reasons for doing the things they do. In that way Next is giving us another insight, not dropping us cold as others have complained. The only legitimate beef I agree with is the entirely unnecessary and just plain goofy Nicholas Cage business during the final pursuit. It looks like it must have been an idea of somebody too high up among the moguls to deny, but it is a definite distraction causing "Huh? What?" moments when the action is at its most intense.

All in all, a feather in everybody's cap and a movie I fully recommend without reservation. Drama, humor, really fine action sequences, twists, great characters. As baseball great Yogi Berra once said, " Don't miss it if you can."


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