Next (2007)

Too bad Nicolas Cage can’t see a bad script coming.

Las Vegas magician Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) can see a few minutes into the future, a talent he uses to enhance his shows — and to win at blackjack. But when an FBI agent (Julianne Moore) wants his help thwarting a nuclear attack, Cris finds his psychic skills put to the test.

This is one of those films where it actually does have a pretty clever script, and starts off pretty well, but then can and does start to descend into some horrible writing.

The screenwriters, and may I add all three of them, had no idea what to do with these characters so they gave them one of the worst scripts I have ever seen.The script isn’t witty or barely remotely interesting, these characters by the end of the film start sounding like robots.

Also the numerous amounts of plot holes became way too much for me. The one that really stuck in my mind was though this guy can duck a punch or move out of harm’s way, how can he gain the ability to start beating up huge army guys like he does in this film. Also how did he gain this power to see into the future and who are these villains anyway. I never really understood what they were after and who they were.

This film brings a whole mockery to the word CGI. The CGI is so bad I thought I was watching some video game being played. The CGI explosions look like something you would literally see out of a game of Donkey Kong.

The film does have a high point and that it is filled with some crazy dumb action. It’s dumb but entertaining nonetheless. Though it was weird how the film’s action was all over the place. First it was a police chase, then it became hand to hand combat, and then randomly became a huge war of the guns straight from a game of Call Of Duty. I did not understand what was going on one bit, but enjoyed the action.

I really have no idea what Nic Cage was thinking at all. Throughout this whole film he just looks so tired and I just get so discouraged when great actors like him do pieces of junk like this and expect to get away with it. Jessica Biel and Julianne Moore are very wooden and their characters really go nowhere.

Consensus: This film is filled with horrible writing, distasteful CGI, and obvious plot holes that will keep you scratching your head. A total popcorn flick for anyone who wants just plain and simple action.


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