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DVD Review: “Next”

(Paramount. 2007. 1 Disc. Widescreen. Rated PG-13. 96 minutes. Directed by Lee Tamahori.) Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann, Tory Kittles, Peter Falk. Music by Mark Isham.

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Not-bad thriller, based on a Philip K. Dick short story. Low-rent Vegas magician named Cris Johnson (Cage) has a special power: he can see two minutes into the future. Not wanting to call attention to himself, he uses his skill with discretion – just enough to make a little money at the gaming tables and stay under the radar. But he’s discovered by a no-nonsense government agent (Moore) who wants to use him to track down terrorists; all Johnson cares about, though, is a vision of his future involving a beautiful girl (Biel). Need I tell you that Johnson eventually gets dragged into the terrorist plot? And that if you can see the future, you can change it? Director Tamahori skillfully exploits these possibilities. Also, bizarro Cage seems better-suited to the material here than he has in other recent efforts. This was basically ignored at the box office; it’s not great, but worth a look. Extras include making-of featurettes.