Next (2007)

Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann, Tory Kittles, Peter Falk
Director: Lee Tamahori

U.S. Opening Date: 27 April 2007


In this adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story "The Golden Man", Nicholas Cage plays a man who can see into the future and change it any way that he wants. As he tries to avoid capture by a government organization, he must win the love of a woman (Julianne Moore) who he learns will be the mother of his child.


Kiwi director Lee Tamahori may have kicked off his career with the powerful and disturbing Once Were Warriors back in 1994, but his Hollywood output hasn’t exactly been on the same level as that other New Zealand export, Peter Jackson. His latest contributions to the art of cinema have been supplying the world with invisible Bond cars in Tomorrow Never Dies and the xXx: State of the Union sequel so you’ll excuse us if we’re expecting Next to be the, um, next Paycheck. Paycheck? Can’t remember it? Of course, you won’t. It was yet another “high concept” action flick built around another Philip K. Dick short story starring Ben Affleck and directed by another import whose Hollywood output never matched that of in his own native land, namely John Woo. (Thankfully fans of Philip K. Dick were recently treated with A Scanner Darkly – probably the most true adaptation of any of Dick’s literary work. Yes, we’re throwing Blade Runner and Total Recall into the equation as well.)






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