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A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack.



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Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. Sick of the examinations he underwent as a child and the interest of the government and medical establishment in his power, he lies low under an assumed name in Vegas, performing cheap tricks and living off small-time gambling "winnings." But when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris must use all her wiles to capture Cris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm. Written by Jim Beaver <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


If you can see the future, you can save it.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action, and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vidente  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£795,012 (UK) (27 April 2007)


$17,993,461 (USA) (15 June 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 53 mins) When Nicolas Cage is zapping through TV channels, he stops at one showing the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), leaving it on for the FBI to listen to. The plot of "Dr. Strangelove" is about a rogue general attempting to start a nuclear holocaust with a wayward nuke. An obvious reference to the nuke in this film. See more »


Cris claims he hasn't been using his power to set up the relationship, though that's clearly how he made first contact at the diner. See more »


[first lines]
Emcee: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the man who knows what you're going to do before you do it. The amazing Frank Cadillac!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits roll down the screen, rather than up. See more »


Featured in The 'Next' Grand Idea (2007) See more »


A Little Less Conversation
(JXL Remix)
Written by Billy Strange and Mac Davis (as Scott Davis)
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Great mindbender
29 April 2007 | by (Perth, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Next is one of those films that requires a second viewing. There's a lot going on and the plot doubles back on itself multiple times. Granted, there are some plot holes and some motivations are suspect, but overall it tends to entertain and keep you going more often than not.

Nicolas Cage plays Cris Johnson, a man who can see two minutes into the future and predict what will happen. The problem is that the future constantly shifts and every action will change the next future. The fact that he can only see up to 2 minutes ahead also limits him somewhat. It does however help greatly in his magic career as a Las Vegas showman. It also helps when playing small time gambling. Unfortunately, it has gotten the attention of the FBI who want Cris to help them stop a Russia nuclear bomb from being detonated on American soil.

As I said, there's a lot of backtracking in the story, which may serve to confuse some but is really important to the storyline. Cage turns in a great performance as the slightly eccentric seeming Cris. Julianne Moore is fine as a hard nosed FBI agent and Jessica Biel does all she can with a somewhat thankless role as the love interest.

Overall, I really enjoyed Next. It's a fun sci-fi film that is the perfect start of the summer season.

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