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2009 Nicolas Cage Sci-Fi Film

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  • Mar 23, 2009
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 "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 of numbers. During the ceremony in which the capsule is placed underground, Lucina disappears, only to be found in a closet in the school scratching numbers into the door, bloody fingers and all!

The film then shifts to present day. Nicolas Cage (John) is a single father and teacher who has an office at a technology research center in Massachusetts. Cage's son (Caleb) is a student at the same school that Lucinda attended 50 years ago. On the day the capsule is taken out of the ground, pictures are handed out to each student and Caleb ends up with Lucinda's page of numbers.

After spending an entire night examining the paper, John realizes that the numbers indicated every major natural disaster that has taken place over the past 50 years, including the coordinates in which they took place.  Oddly enough, the next disaster is to take place right in his neighborhood. Of course his friend/colleague doesn't believe him ... Then tragedy hits ... A plane crashes next to the freeway ... John was right.

The next disaster takes place a few days later in a NYC subway station. John travels to NYC in an attempt to prevent the disaster but ends up right in the middle of it. Surprisingly, over 100 people die in the disaster ... but not John.

At this point, John tried to contact Lucinda. After hearing about her passing, John contacts her daughter (Diana) who at first ignored his cries, but later admits that her mother always talked about these natural disasters ... they all just thought she was crazy.

It's important to mention that a few times during the movie, a group of shadowy, emotionless men are seen from a distance staring at Caleb. During one of the night scenes, one of the mysterious figures comes into Caleb's room to give him a preview of what might be too come (Animals running through the woods on fire), and then, of course, disappears. Soon, both Caleb and Diana's daughter Abby start to hear the same whispers that Lucinda heard 50 years ago! The whispers of those mysterious shadowy men! What are they telling them!?

After searching Lucinda's creepy hold house in the woods, John and Diana discover the truth about the mysterious EE that is written at the end of Lucinda's page of numbers.  So what natural disaster will occur next and how many people will die!?

From this point on, the film becomes ridiculous. The ending, which is supposed to be a GIANT plot-twist, is honestly just silly, unrealistic and destroys a film that was on its way to being pretty unique and impressive!!

Storyline: B
Effects: A
Ending: D
Overall: B-

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May 11, 2009
If Nic Cage fell off the face of the earth I would be a happy person. I can never forgive him for what he did to THE WICKER MAN. He seems to be continuing his endless downward trend here and I wonder how you keep getting worse when you are already the worst.
March 23, 2009
nice review. I actually wanted to see this yesterday but I decided to stay home instead and watched a few dvds I bought. I'm not really expecting much from this movie seeing as it has Nic Cage in it, but I have to admit I am really curious about the story--it is familiar to me, and I'm intrigued as to how mainstream Hollywood would execute the screenplay. Thanks!
March 23, 2009
Well I saw "Next", and this seemed just as bad from the trailers. Your review should be enough to back up my assumptions.
March 23, 2009
Aw....bummer! I totally wanted to see this but, your review has changed my mind. Thanks for saving me some money!
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review by . February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
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 …
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 . 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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