|Reviewed on 2007-04-29|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Thriller|
| Can you see the future? Nicolas Cage can in NEXT…well only two minutes of it pertaining to him. Nicolas portrays Cris Johnson a Las Vegas magician who can look into his future. He uses his act in Vegas to help disguise his ability to use his powers to underhand the dealer and walk away a richer man. His ability to see into the future helps Cris to avoid the police and escape unharmed, it also assist him in saving lives at the casino.
Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) works for the FBI and wants Cris’ assistance in sifting out the nuclear explosive brought into the USA. It is going to kill many civilians unless Cris can locate where and when the radioactive explosion will be released. At first Cris is not willing to help, as in the pass his powers were studied and tested and he does not want to become a lab rat. Unfortunately the FBI is not the only ones after Cris, so are the terrorists with the bomb, who know of his powers as well and are willing to do whatever possible to exterminate him.
When is comes to Liz (Jessica Biel) we learn Cris has seen her in his future. This glimpse has come long before the two minute of allowed time. Cris becomes quite obsessed with meeting this woman and feels they share a connection and is determined to discover what it is. So everyday he waits for her in the diner at the same time, until finally she arrives and he makes his move. They both quickly fall for each other; after Cris does everything he can to impress her. Liz is his weak spot and realizing he is putting her life in jeopardy puts seeing and changing the future into perspective.
The idea of someone seeing into the future and changing the outcome I love. However the writing in this story lacked many things. My first problem was that I was so distracted by the young woman and older man scenario. Age is just a number, but when you are watching it on screen it kind of throws the movie off. Secondly the way the plot was laid out was not appeasing. I found the film jumped around too much and could make it hard to follow. Nicolas Cage offered another stellar performance and Julianne Moore was surprisingly a hit as well. I would have liked to see a little more of Cris’ abilities to see the future, than just another sappy love story. This is a sci-fi film, not a romance novel.
Review By: Jolene Mendez