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Running Time:
2 hours, 10 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
It's too ridiculous to be taken seriously and too serious to be dismissed.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary with director Alex Proyas; Knowing all: the making of a futuristic thriller; Visions of the apocalypse.

CAST:
Nicolas Cage ... John Koestler
Chandler Canterbury ... Caleb Koestler
Rose Byrne ... Diana Wayland
D.G. Maloney ... The Stranger
Lara Robinson ... Lucinda / Abby
Nadia Townsend ... Grace Koestler
Alan Hopgood ... Rev. Koestler



Knowing

The film opens in 1959 at a Massachusetts elementary school. A time capsule is buried on school grounds to be opened in 2009. Each student is asked to submit a drawing depicting their idea of what the world will look in 50 years. Lucinda Embry (Lara Robinson "Work in Progress") is hearing voices and they instruct to write a seemingly random series of numbers. Once the capsule is opened, that sheet comes into the possession of Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), who shows it to his astrophysicist father, John (Nicolas Cage "Raising Arizona"). John becomes obsessed by the paper and determines that it's a list of all of the major disasters that have occurred over the past 50 years. Three future catastrophes are on the list, and John is determined to prevent them from happening, to the point where he tracks down Lucinda's daughter, Diana (Rose Bryne "20 Weeks Later"), and granddaughter, Abby (Lara Robinson), in the hope that they might be able to help. Meanwhile, mysterious strangers watch John and Caleb from afar.

For a while, Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas ("I Robot") touches on some interesting ideas, including questions about fate, chance, and predestination. There's also the concept of numbers forming the ultimate, underlying foundation of the universe. Unfortunately, although the screenplay spends an inordinate amount of time with numerology and questions of whether the future can be known or predicted, these elements don't have a lot to do with the film's final trajectory. They are simply ways to misdirect the audience and make the resolution a surprise.

Nicolas Cage is once again in his manic, pseudo action-hero mode, which is fine except that he never radiates much in the way of humanity. We recognize that John loves his son because we are told that by the screenplay, not because Cage is in any way believable. The movie is all too ridiculous to be taken seriously, yet strangely too serious to be dismissed.

Knowing with Nicolas Cage: DVD Cover







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