3. Next (2007)
You might expect a film starring one of Hollywood’s most criminally underrated actors and based on a short story by sci-fi master Philip K. Dick to be… well, good. However, in Next‘s case, you’d be wrong, because it’s bad. Very bad.
Nicolas Cage stars as Criss, a man with the power to glimpse a short way into the future. Naturally, he uses this to eke out a living as a magician – that is, until he’s tasked with stopping and impending terrorist attack. Intrigued? You should be.
Unfortunately, Next is riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies so bad that the movie is practically incomprehensible. Criss continues to investigate the attack, using his powers to survive, only to fail to stop it and witness the detonation of a nuclear bomb. Then, he wakes up and discovers it was all a dream. Making use of this convenient development, Criss stops the attack, reconciles with his girlfriend, and lives happily ever after. It’s practically the epitome of the word “anticlimax”, and it comes at the end of a movie that isn’t very good anyway. Terrible all over, really.