Suspension of Disbelief Needed for Next
- Friday, April 27, 2007
From a worldview perspective, the movie is a typical postmodern genre, with its emphasis on destiny and its ready embracing of New Age mysticism. At one point, Chris and Liz have a discussion of how the old Indian Shamans used to be able to predict the future and affect the rainfall. As believers, however, we understand that all revelatory gifts originated with God, and all other manifestations of this gift are counterfeits. Incidentally, the Russian version of this film is titled The Prophet.
As for warnings, there is a scene where it appears that Chris and Liz have slept together, but nothing is overtly shown. Otherwise, there are a handful of light obscenities and a number of shootings, dead bodies, kidnappings, people tied up to interrogation chairs, and a person with a bomb strapped to her body blows up (from a distance).
Despite these cautions and a warning about the huge stretch of imagination needed to believe the “rules” about the protagonist’s gifts and limitations – and having to really squint to believe that Cage, with his bad hair and middle-aged-ness would really land the hot young girl – Next is still an action-packed, charming and entertaining choice for moviegoers.
AUDIENCE: Teens and up
- Drugs/Alcohol: Protagonist smokes. Some drinking shown.
- Language: A handful of light obscenities.
- Sex: Allusion to man and woman having slept together.
- Violence: Lots of shooting, chasing, cars flipped, kidnappings, a man strapped to FBI interrogation chair, fist fights, woman strapped to bombs blows up from a distance, etc.
- Worldview Issues: Postmodern, New Age thought, with strong emphasis on destiny and revelatory gifts attributed to Indian mysticism and shamanism.
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