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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:38 am 
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Saw NEXT last night, perhaps the first contemporary action thriller based on Philip K Dick's work. It's a sometimes thoughtful pic starring a subdued Nic Cage as a man who can see just two minutes into the future, occasionally more. Playing with time perception is something films are good at and NEXT has some effective moments, imaginative and well done against this conceit, but it is lumbered with the tired old 'stop the european terrorists on a countdown with the bomb' idea as its main plot, introduced through some particularly clunky dialogue, especialluy jarring after the subtle opening scenes. The result is a schizophrenic film, with the most interesting moments (presumably those closest to Dick's original vision) occuring when Cage is reflecting and relating sadly to his paranormal predicament and emotions, whiles those least convincing are around the stunts, chases, or when nasty villains/tough heros from the special forces brandish hi tech weaponry in cliched acts of the war on terror. At one moment the captured Cage is forced to watch TV with his eyes kept open, a scene which recalls the therapy in CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Directtor Lee Tamahori did the great ONCE WERE WARRIORS, and also the Bond DIE ANOTHER DAY. NEXT ia a good film but uneven enough in tone to suggest there was a quieter, more profound one trying to get out, away from the next explosive action sequence.

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Tamahori was also 2nd unit director on The Quiet Earth. So he has a background in sf cinema.

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Now we have two Next threads, I'm not sure it deserves that, much as I enjoyed it.


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Does that make this the next Next thread, then?

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