Thursday, June 23, 2011

Next (2007)

Director: Lee Tamahori. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel. 96 min. Rated PG-13. Sci-fi/Action.

The relationship between Philip K. Dick's stories and cinema are similar to Stephen King's: some works become masterpieces (BladeRunner, Minority Report), some become disasters (Paycheck) - all depending on the director. Next is a disaster. Cage plays a psychic who can see two minutes into the future, and the FBI is persuading him to prevent a nuke from going off in LA (Why limit him to that? Why not find every local 7-Eleven thief?). But the main crime committed at the end, is that in Atonement-style, we realize half the movie was a hoax. Yes, I just spoiled the ending.

PS: Please don't blame me for watching this. I was on a 6-hour flight back home, trying to be in time for the birth of my first child, and had no other movie choice on the plane.

Mo says:


  1. Thnks! I will give this one a miss.

    Bladerunner was a real classic and as much as I love Philip K Dick, it was better than the book.

  2. Sorry for spoiling the ending. It was an honest effort to prevent you from wasting 2 precious hours of your life.

    "BladeRunner" better than Dick's novel? Wow ... that's an incredible compliment to Ridley Scott's work.