What Cage's character sees is the 21st-Century, post-9/11 version of the ancient vision in the Odyssey, when Theoclymenus sees a shroud of mist about the bodies of the doomed Woors, and drops of blood distilling from the walls of the hall of Odysseus.
As the leading man of Next, Cage suffers from what the Scots called Taisch, the Gaelic name given to "second sight", the involuntary ability of seeing the future or distant events.
Next is reminiscent of Stephen's King's Dead Zone, where former schoolteacher Johnny Smith wakes up from a five-year coma after a car accident, and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them.
In Next, Cage plays Las Vegas magician Cris Johnson who has a secret gift and a curse which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. Sick of the examinations he underwent as a child, he lies low under an assumed name in Vegas, performing and living off small-time "winnings." When a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) must use all her wiles to capture Cris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm. As he tries to avoid capture by a government organization, he must win the love of a woman who he learns will be the mother of his child.
It would be cool if Next turns out to be a true successor to King's novel, a compulsive page-turner which was praised by the Los Angeles Times as "faultlessly paced and continuously engrossing."
Orginal posting by Casey Kazan.
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