Thursday, September 13, 2007

NEXT

It seems like there have been an unusual number of films and TV shows lately with "seeing the future/past" gimmicks, and the latest one to come across my desk is the Nicholas Cage vehicle, NEXT (2007).

Cage plays a small-time Vegas "psychic" and magician who actually can see the future – his own future, anyway, and then only two minutes ahead. This allows him to make a killing at the gaming tables, and inadvertently brings him to the attention of FBI agent Ferris (Julianne Moore, HANNIBAL), who wants his help in defusing a terrorist plot. But Cage only wants to pursue his destiny with his dream girl (Jessica Biel, BLADE TRINITY), and goes on the run.

NEXT isn’t a genre classic, but it’s certainly a decent enough 90 minutes of undemanding entertainment, with good performances, exciting action scenes and a fairly involving storyline. The ending may annoy some viewers, but I thought it gave the flick a nice, TWILIGHT ZONE sort of denouement.

Paramount’s DVD presents NEXT in a solid 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, all pretty standard for a brand new release. Not a lot of extras – a couple of featurettes and some trailers – but the movie isn’t really demanding a full-fledged "special edition," anyway.

An unremarkable but entertaining mainstream thriller with a sci-fi flavor; recommended for a weekend rental.

BUY: Next