Media Maven: “Next” Movie Review

Media Maven: “Next” Movie Review

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Nicholas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Peter Falk, Jose Zuniga

Entering the movie theatre to review Nicholas Cage’s most recent film, "Next" a moment of indifference overcame me. Recovering from the last movie I reviewed of his (The Wicker Man), I had very little expectation of being entertained. What came "Next" was a fast paced, sagacious, action packed film that kept me enthralled from start to finish.

"Next" is the story of a small time magician who makes his legitimate living as an entertainer at a Las Vegas venue. His real money comes from weekly visits to the casinos where he wins and bets against the house. Nicholas Cage plays Chris Johnson who was born with the unique ability to see in to his future.

Based on a short story Cage took the reins and produced and starred in this film. The premise of foreseeing his future, albeit if only for a two minute window creates a story that is ingenious at every turn. From meeting his love interest, to dodging the FBI with an uncanny awareness of knowing their next move even before they do; this movie offers an array of artfully shrewd twists and surprises.

Colossal visual stunts, illustrious special effects and a believable cast of supporting characters makes for one dynamic film. Substantial women characters holding their own is a welcome change. Julianne Moore plays hardnosed FBI agent Callie Ferris. Jessica Biel plays Liz who is Cage’s love interest. A small role perfected by Peter Falk as Chris Johnson’s best friend adds a wholesomeness to a person facing the dangers and challenges of seeing into the future.

Perhaps what is so appealing is imagining the concept of seeing one’s future; then watching Nicholas Cage play it with such vulnerability. Having a porthole into the future doesn’t always guarantee happiness. Having the opportunity to see "Next" will at the very least, guarantee an entertaining movie experience.

Rating: Four Chic Stars

Jan’s Movie Rating System:
5 – Top notch entertainment
4 – Compelling, Heartwarming, Thrilling, Comical
3 – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
2 – If you are bored watch it, or wait for DVD
1 – Don’t bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasé, an enigma.