As I watched this rather flashy new trailer for Paramount's sci-fi thriller Next, I found myself reminiscing over some old pals. Hey! There's Butterfly Effect and Paycheck! Ah look, it's Minority Report! Well, some of those comparisons might be unfair, considering that Next is based on a story called The Golden Man, which comes from Philip K. Dick, author of both Paycheck and Minority Report. (The Butterfly bit was my own revelation.)

From Lee Tamahori, the director of Along Came a Spider, Die Another Day and xXx: State of the Union, Next stars Nicolas Cage as a man who can see into his own future. Needless to say, this skill causes all sorts of problems, both internally and externally. Also along for the mayhem are Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Peter Falk and Thomas Kretschmann. Check out the trailer and see if this one will command your $9.00 come April 27. I think it looks pretty nifty, plus it comes from a rather colorful trio of screenwriters -- so I'm pretty curious to see how it all turns out.

(And no disrespect to the man, but does Nicolas Cage have to be in every movie released these days? Take a year off, man!)