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1 rating: 2.0
A movie released March 20, 2009

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Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: March 20, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
1 review about Knowing

Interesting Concept... just not executed well

  • Apr 16, 2009
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The concept is as follows:  50 years ago, a girl (relatively disturbed) writes a bunch of numbers to be sealed in a time capsule.  When the time capsule is opened, the numbers turn out to be the dates, location and number of people killed by disasters.

Apocalyptic movies always get a large audience.  Everyone wants to know how and when we're going to die.  Knowing did that, but it didn't do it well.

Begin Spoilers!

Nick Cage  plays an MIT professor that discovers the numbers.  It turns out that the numbers aren't complete, that there are still events that have yet to occur.  The last event on the list doesn't even have a number of people killed... just two backward Es.

Of course, the backward Es really stand for "everyone else", and now Cage is trying to save humanity.

It turns out that the source of the numbers are from Aliens.  Yes, aliens.  I don't know why writers still do this... audiences LOATHE any ending that has to do with aliens (unless, of course, the movie is ABOUT aliens).  The writers also make a reference to Ezekiel (a book in the Bible) as part of the explanation.  But to those that aren't familiar with Old Testament theology, this bit might get passed them.  And honestly, I think it's a very important piece to understanding the movie.

End Spoilers

The movie tries to do too much with too little.  It's not a movie to go out and see, rather, it's something you wait until it's offered by Netflix.  Or when it comes out on cable.

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April 18, 2009
After what he did to THE WICKER MAN, I make a point of aoiding Nick Cage movies at all costs, but thanks for letting me know I'm not missing anything. Mayan/Aztec ruins behind Mt. Rushmore? Gimme a break!
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