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Alex Proyas

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Plot Summary

Academy Award® Winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Leaving Las Vegas) stars in KNOWING, a gripping action-thriller of global proportions about a professor who stumbles on terrifying predictions about the future—and sets out to prevent them from coming true. In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. But one mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, a new generation of students examines the capsule's contents and the girl's cryptic message ends up in the hands of young CALEB KOESTLER. But it is Caleb's father, professor JOHN KOESTLER (Nicolas Cage), who makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts with pinpoint accuracy the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. As John further unravels the document's chilling secrets, he realizes the document foretells three additional events—the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale and seems to somehow involve John and his son. When John's attempts to alert the authorities fall on deaf ears, he takes it upon himself to try to prevent more destruction from taking place. With the reluctant help of DIANA WAYLAND (Rose Byrne) and ABBY WAYLAND, the daughter and granddaughter of the now-deceased author of the prophecies, John's increasingly desperate efforts take him on a heart-pounding race against time until he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster—and the ultimate sacrifice.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 178
  • Fresh: 59
  • Rotten: 119
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: If Alex Proyas' Knowing were reasonably entertaining -- instead of just dour, pointless and tedious -- it would be a camp classic. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: There's nothing really special about this film, other than an interesting premise. – Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Things started to fall off of the deep end very quickly. – Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It's a folly and a failure, but an intriguing one - an ambitious vision from a tremendous filmmaker that, sadly, had too much going on with not enough to say. – Simon Foster,, Aug 9, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great movie, bad ending

I really thought this was a fantastic movie, very interesting and imaginative, right up till the end of the movie. I thought the ending could have been so much better, but unfortunately, it goes off on a bit of a curve and wrecks a perfectly awesome movie. It's almost as if the director says to his 5 year old kid " Hey, daddy is not sure how to end this movie.... Why don't YOU think of an ending, and that's what we will use!"


this movie may be pretty good, but it is the most bizzare thing I have ever seen One of a kind.

Challenging sci fi

This is not a cheerful feel good summer movie. It is brooding science fiction to challenge, to consider. If you want shoot-em-ups where everything works out in the end there are lots of other choices.

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