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Knowing

Released: 2009

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Runtime: 2 hr 1 min

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Alex Proyas

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Ben Mendelsohn, Adrienne Pickering, Nadia Townsend, Alan Hopgood, Danielle Carter, Alethea McGrath

A scientist (Nicholas Cage) tries to stop an apocalyptic prediction from becoming a reality.

Compelling science fiction disaster film.

Review by: manofthemovie16

Added: 7 years ago

KNOWING is a solemn, thoughtful, and compelling science fiction disaster film, and human drama. Director Alex Proyas directs his most significant, if not memorable film since DARK CITY. I, ROBOT pales in comparison to this film's meaningful messages and horrifying disaster sequences. Sure, the film's plot dives into deep science fiction territory, but it’s for the sake of a good, solid story focused on family above all else. Mentioning that, above all else families conquer everything, with love. Love in your family can overcome your fears of everything you hold at arm's length. That IS the message of the film, and it never lets go of it for any reason.

Nicolas Cage gives a wound-up, yet emotional performance as John, an MIT professor and widower. He believes in random circumstances, that "shit happens." He and his son live a quaint life in Massachusetts. Fifty years ago in the same town, a girl named Lucinda wrote down multitudes of numbers for her letter, which was to be placed inside a time capsule for the future elementary school students to dig up.

John's son Caleb digs up Lucinda's numbers. One night, John notices a number pattern in the lines. The date turned out to be a disaster, and he finds out much of the rest of the numbers follow the same sequence as either a natural or unnatural disaster, with other variables included. John is certain to believe that a few of the sequences have yet to, and just might happen soon in the United States. In order to know more about Lucinda and the history behind the letter, he meets up with Lucinda's daughter and her own daughter to find out why the letter is right and what the last letters mean.

From here, KNOWING brings on the thrilling elements of disaster sequences, which are stunning and disturbing in equal measure, along with the quieter elements of human drama that John and his son share, as do Lucinda's daughter and her own. KNOWING is undoubtedly well-acted, in subtle fashion, with the characters undergoing tough circumstances and accepting past events in a true light. The film does not shy away from dark emotions and dark themes of the impending apocalypse, and disturbing images of the disasters' aftermaths. The music pounds the horns and shrills the strings in the right tense moments, and the flutes and bassoons evoke wonder in other moments. As said before a loving family can conquer anything, and it can overcome fears. In the case of the apocalypse, accepting the inevitable will set you free.