FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

Next

A pendantic thriller
By TOM MEEK  |  May 2, 2007
2.0 2.0 Stars

VIDEO: Watch the trailer for Next.

Frank Cadillac declares himself “the real deal masquerading as an act.” He’s really Cris Johnson, Cadillac being his Vegas stage name when he performs magic and predicts the near future — which he actually can do, though just a few minutes in advance. Lee Tamahori’s film is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick story “The Golden Man,” and if you know your Dick, you know screen adaptations of his work are all over the map — just compare Blade Runner with slack crap like Paycheck. Next is more like the latter, with Nicolas Cage as Cadillac, a fetchingly framed Jessica Biel as the love interest, and Julianne Moore as the hardened FBI agent trying to get Cadillac to help locate a nuclear bomb planted in LA by terrorists. The bomb’s just dressing for the three actors to generate some heat, which they do; lacking prescience themselves, however, Tamahori and the phalanx of writers implode Dick’s intriguing premise into a pedantic thriller.
Related: The man who knew too much, True Dick?, Scanner brained, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Federal Bureau of Investigation, Julianne Moore, Philip K. Dick,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY TOM MEEK
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   HOLLYWOOD, RI-STYLE  |  July 30, 2014
    The 2014 edition will premiere more than 240 films (features, shorts and documentaries) from 62 countries and 34 US states.
  •   GLOBAL CINEMA, LOCAL FLAVOR  |  August 08, 2013
    The 17th annual incarnation of the Rhode Island International Film Festival begins its weeklong run on August 6. The festival, which boasts more than 200 films from 65 countries, is a celebration of the cinematic arts with a campus feel and a focus on all things Rhode Island.
  •   REVIEW: SAFE HAVEN  |  February 14, 2013
    Somewhere along the way Nicholas Sparks went from being just a bestselling author of preachy schmaltz to a full-on franchise (he produces the movies of his books).
  •   REVIEW: FUN SIZE  |  October 31, 2012
    Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice ventures onto the big screen in this hokey Halloween misadventure.
  •   REVIEW: TAI CHI ZERO  |  October 24, 2012
    Mashup, hodgepodge, or remix — call it what you will, this kung fu odyssey from former action star Stephen Fung offers intermittent pleasures and freaky twists.

 See all articles by: TOM MEEK