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2009 Nicolas Cage Sci-Fi Film

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I'd Rather not Know this film

  • Feb 27, 2011
I finally got around to watching this excuse for a Nicolas Cage film, courtesy of RedBox DVD rentals.

It was my first time using Redbox as well, which experience was smoother and more professional than the movie presentation, but this being a blog about science fiction and not about automated retail merchandising, suffice it to say that Redbox was easy to use, simple to use, completely inexpensive (if it took real money instead of plastic, most kids could scrounge up the rental fee off the street in about an hour - which presents occupation possibilities for parents who are being bothered by their kids) and about the only drawback was the lack of selection.  I can envision a row of RedBoxes somewhere that addresses that:  one for classics, one for SF, one for indie films...


Another draw back for Redbox is that it does only cost a dollar (as long as you return the DVD in time), so after watching a bomb I have little to really complain about.  It's like spending a penny on a piece of bubblegum that turns out to be stale.  Yes, stale bubblegum sucks, but the upset and expense is absolutely not worth the few calories you'd burn hopping up and down over it.

I'll only be giving you all a dollars worth of review as well.

Cage's acting was pretty good.  Some of the special effects were effectively creepy.  Music was a bit overblown but mostly appropriate.

SPOILER ALERT.  Macabre horror flick morphs briefly into science fiction - slash- mega-disaster flick turns unconvincingly into angels-are-really-space-aliens-here-to-save-us-from-childhood's end.

I couldn't run screaming - I was sitting in my own living room, helpless to avoid the Von Daniken express as it morphed into a rip off of Arthur C Clarke's wonderful novel.

The ending aptly demonstrated that the filmmakers have no balls - they turned Clarke's devils into angels, betting that the audience would be emotionally incapable of dealing with that concept.

Knowing - a total waste, unless you only spend a dollar.  And even then - Childhood's End is available at ABE for a dollar plus shipping and that's a MUCH better deal.

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February 27, 2011
Great review! I wasn't too fond of this film either. Welcome to the site!
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Quick Tip by . December 25, 2010
posted in That's Beat
Worst movie ever. Nicholas cage has successfully ruined his career with horrible sci-fi nonsense. How does a movie like this get produced?
review by . July 12, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
   Movies that have the premise of end times are a dime-a-dozen. There have been some successes and quite a few failures. I loved “Dark City” so when I heard that director Alex Proyas is at the helm of “KNOWING”, I was once again curious and made time to see it. The story is crafted by novelist Ryne Douglas Pearson and carries a thought-provoking idea that asks the viewer to ponder certain questions about our existence. Are all these things around us products …
review by . December 26, 2009
Nicholas Cage stars in one of his better films as a widowed father who is raising a son (Kaleb).  On the 50th anniversary of a time capule at Kaleb's school, the time capsule is to be opened.  The audience got to see the time capsule being created in 1959 where the students were asked to draw pictures of what they thought the world would be like in 50 years.        One of the girls just put a series of what appeared to be random numbers.  This girl appeared …
review by . November 12, 2009
The end of the world is the most heated and talked about discussion in Human history. No one  knows when it will be and no one knows  what will happen, but  we all know in some way  that it's coming. Knowing gives us a very intelligent spin on  how  the world might end  through ideas from the last book of the bible Revelation that talk about  the end of the world and the second coming of God.  But  while it doesn't have a hundred percent  take …
review by . March 23, 2009
 "Knowing" ... where do I begin?    My girlfriend had wanted to see this movie after seeing many previews for it.  I figured I would give it a try because it couldn't be any worse than "The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)." Well ... it was close.    The movie begins in 1959 with a young girl (Lucinda) hearing whispers in her head. Her classmates are drawing pictures to place into a time capsule, while the voices force her to write down a long series …
review by . April 28, 2009
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Massachusetts schoolgirl foresees grim numbers for the future.   2. She tries to write them all down, but runs out of time before they get sealed in a time capsule.   3. Her numbers sit there until 2009 when the capsule is opened.   4. MIT Astrophysics professor and single parent (Nicolas Cage) happens upon them and starts unraveling their meaning.   5. So far, so good   6. He finally …
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Knowing is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage. The project was originally attached to a number of directors under Columbia Pictures, but it was placed in turnaround and eventually picked up by Escape Artists. Production was financially backed by Summit Entertaiment. Knowing was filmed in Melbourne, Australia, using various locations to represent the film's setting, Boston. The film was released on March 20, 2009 in the United States and Canada.

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