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About the Film
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.
I'll start by asking for two hours of my life back, please.
An awful film. Well, not quite - the first two thirds of the film are moderately OK, if you are happy to ignore Cage's one dimensional acting; the only expression he can hold is one of mild bafflement and he delivers his lines with the versatility of a robot. Notwithstanding that, the premise of the film - that a 50 year old sheet of paper extracted from a time capsule has predicted all major global disasters - works quite well and the film sets up a number of intriguing conundrums.
And then there's the last third of the film. which is supremely dreadful. It's as if the script was handed over to someone with no knowledge of earlier sections of the film, with no appreciable talent for storytelling and without a single clue as to knitting together the separate strands of the film. The conclusion, then, is an unholy mess - a clumsy blend of sic-fi, religious mumbo jumbo and meaningless special effects. All wasted for me, sadly, as all I could concentrate on was the fizzing sound of my dying brain cells as my IQ lowered with every passing minute of the film.
I'm left wondering whether the 50 year old piece of paper from the time capsule was able to predict this disaster….
Unbelievably fantastic special effects and exciting premise but the ending was a spectacular disappointment
a good action film to watch
Nicholas Cage's acting is as great as ever and the story-line is gripping. Worth worthing.