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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Science Fiction / Theatrical Release: 2009 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Alex Proyas / Actors: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne ... / DVD released 2009-07-20 at E1 Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      18.07.2012 13:40
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      A film of two halfs. It could have been great but it wasn't-not recommended.

      Knowing [15]
      Released: 2009, Run time: 121 minutes, Genre: Science Fiction
      Film Only Review.

      Plot Synopsis
      It's 1959 and the children at William Dawes Elementary School have been asked to draw pictures of what they imagine the future to be like. The pictures will be placed in a time capsule to be opened in 50 years time. The strange and awkward Lucinda Embry (Lara Robinson) frantically scrawls a list of seemingly irrelevant numbers which represents her version of the future-are these just the scribblings of a troubled youngster or are they something more?
      Fast forward fifty years and it's time for the time capsule's unveiling. Each child is given a drawing and Lucinda Embry's ends up in the hands of Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury). He takes it home where his drunk, grief stricken father (Nicholas Cage) accidentally places a glass on top of it, ringing a set of numbers. Astro- physicist John Koestler (Cage) begins to investigate the numbers and uncovers the disturbing significance that they hold. He looks up Lucinda Embry to find out more but is shocked to find out she is dead. He turns to her daughter Diana (Rose Byrne) and granddaughter Abby (Lara Robinson, again) for help. Together they embark on a journey that challenges perceptions on religion, science, death and fate. Do we really want to find out what our future holds? How much of what we do has already been written? And who are the mysterious 'whispering' men?

      The Review.
      Wow, that sounds interesting doesn't it? That is exactly what I thought when I sat down to watch this film. As a science fiction fan this sounded perfect for me and for the majority of the film I was gripped however it all came crashing down in the last thirty minutes- this is without a doubt the worst film ending I have ever seen. A film with massive potential ruined by an ill thought out ending.
      The film starts off well, there are some events that are predictable but the 'hows' and 'whys' keep you guessing so I didn't mind this so much. I don't profess to know much about cinematography or graphics but I can say that elements of this film are visually stunning- the subway scene for example. The orchestral music is fitting for a film of this type. It is loud in places which is great if you like cinema style sounds but I spent a lot of time turning the sound down when the music played and up when people were speaking which ruined it a bit for me.
      The characters are likeable. Nicholas Cage does a good job at portraying a troubled intellectual and the child actors, Chandler Canterbury and Lara Robinson create a great sense of uncomfortable spookiness. I feel that the character of Diana could have been played by anyone, I personally like Rose Byrne but wouldn't describe this particular performance as memorable.
      Up until the last thirty minutes this film had done a good job at building suspense, creating atmosphere and setting the scene. The story line had posed many questions and I was geared up for a spectacular explanation......that never came. I won't reveal how it ends in case you decide to watch it but I will say it was the equivalent of reading a novel and the ending being 'they woke up and it was all a dream'. It's that bad.
      So overall, I am disappointed in this film. The writer, director and cast had reeled me in and then robbed me of an ending. It had biblical, scientific and philosophical undertones. The perfect premise for a science fiction film in my opinion. It had great ideas but it failed to execute them and so I wouldn't recommend it. It shall forever be known to me as the film with the worst ending.

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      03.01.2012 21:49

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      Knowing was released in 2009 I was drawn to this film as Nicholas Cage in and I'm a huge fan. The film starts with seeing how a Nicholas has struggled to deal with the loss of his wife and him being left to raise his son who won't open up to him. As the film continues you see theirs more than meets the eye with his son as he receives a picture from a time capsule dug up from his elementary school. The picture is very strange and just contains numbers which you soon realise have a very important meaning. Not long after receiving the picture Kaleb starts hearing voices and that's when the story really unfolds nothing is as it seems.

      The film is classed as drama, mystery and sci-fi, there's definitely lots of mystery in this film with quite a surprising end I thought. It's classified as a 15 which I agree with as there can be some disturbing scenes in the film I thought. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and one thing I found amazing was the special effects which theirs a lot of in this film. I borrowed this film from a friend but prices vary from £2.99-8.00 depending on where you shop. I'd definitely recommend this film to a friend and recommend everyone sees it. I love films like this where it's a mystery all the way until the end I was left guessing.

      Thank you for reading my review

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      24.11.2011 07:54
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      A good film ruined by the end!

      This was recently shown on Film4 and, from the trailers, looked absolutely amazing so I thought I would give it a go. Nicholas Cage is one of those actors whom sometimes I like, sometimes I don't but this looked to be one of his better films so it was with great anticipation that I settled in for a good night with an awesome looking movie...

      Unfortunately, this is okay until the last thirty minutes. After that, it all goes to pot! Wish now that I had KNOWN that!

      The film begins in the Ninteen Fifties. A school class is coming together to create pictures of what they think the future will look like to put in a Time Capsule but one little girl's picture consists only of a series of numbers.

      Fifty years or so later, the Time Capsule is removed and Nicholas Cage's son, who attends the sam,e school, is given the little girl's picture which he sneaks home thinking it might be some kind of map or code. Cage is drunk and puts his bottle down on the paper, circling what looks like a date.....the date of September the Eleventh...along with another number. When Cage types in those numbers into the internet, he discovers a startling revelation; the xecond string of numbers is the amount of people who allegedly died in 9/11!

      Circling other dates, Cage begins entering them into the computer. Other dates of disasters emerge quickly (some natural, some not) along with the numbers of the people who were killed. Suddenly Astro-Physicist Cage realises he has something important in his hands but no-one will believe him! And some of the dates haven't happened yet!!

      This is an interesting premise with some wonderful set-pieces which I won't spoil for those who haven't seen it (all I will say is Subway train!) but unfortunately in the final act, it begins to feel like the writers ran out of ideas! Surely this is not the way they intended it to end? I mean really??!!??

      Cage puts in a good role and, for once, certainly earns his paycheck, it is just a shame then that all anyone will walk away remembering from this is the incredibly crap end!!

      Is it worth sitting through? Yes but only just. The money shot right at the end kind of spoils things true but the rest of the film is actually quite good.

      One thing is certain, after The Happening and now this, if a film comes out called The Seeing I know only too well I am going to avoid it. No one's biting me a third time!

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        07.06.2010 14:32
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        Not as scary as I thought although I had to work myself up to watch it

        The spooky 2009 movie directed by Alex Proyas and starring the great Nicolas Cage.

        The movie begins in the year 1959 at an elementary school.
        When a class of children are asked to draw a picture of how they think life will look in fifty years Lucinda Embry a girl who is troubled by voices in her head quickly writes a list of what look like random numbers but is unable to complete the list when her teacher snatches it away.
        She is later found scratching numbers on a door in the janitors room.
        The pictures are sealed in a time capsule at the school which will be opened in 2009.

        Nicolas Cage is John Koestler a professor and astrophysicist who has a young son Caleb and has recently been widowed.
        Caleb wears a hearing aid as he sometimes hears things in a jumbled up way but has recently been hearing voices, Caleb attends the same school where the time capsule is due to be opened.
        When the capsule is opened each child is given one of the envelopes from the past Caleb gets the list of seemingly random numbers.
        When Koestler examines the list he discovers there is a logic to it and realises that they are predictions of disasters that have occoured over the last fifty years and there are three remaining on the list.

        I definatly avoided watching this film as I am a bit spooked out by this sort of prediction based movie.
        I must say after recording it onto my sky plus and avoiding watching it for at least a week I can honestly say that is was as creepy as I thought.
        Cage is brilliant as the brooding but super intelligent professor.
        A super scary and depressing movie which you should avoid if you are easily scared.
        I myself am currently reading the left behind series of books which I have to say are more scary!
        Available for £5.77 with free delivery from Amazon U.K or just rent it I would say its definatly a seen it youve seen it movie.
        117 minutes of gloom and doom!

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        30.05.2010 20:51
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        Nicolas Cage tries to save the world from disaster.

        THE STORY

        It's 1959 and the William Dawes Elementary School in Lexington, Massachusetts has asked its pupils to draw their ideas of the future and place them in an envelope. These envelopes are placed in a time capsule to be buried in the ground. The plan is for the time capsule to be opened 50 years later. A girl called Lucinda Embry's "drawing" is in fact a page full of numbers she has written on the paper seemingly in some kind of trance. A teacher stops her writing before she can fill up the page. However we see her later scratching numbers onto the door in a school closet. She complains of hearing voices in her head.

        In 2009 the time capsule is dug up and the envelopes handed out to the modern students. Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury) opens Lucinda's envelope and soon begins to receive visits from some mysterious people in long black coats called "The Strangers" who communicate with telepathic whispers and hand out black pebbles for some strange reason.

        Caleb's father John (portrayed by Nicolas Cage), a widower and a Professor of astrophysics studies Lucinda's digits and discovers that they represent dates and death tolls of every major disaster of the last 50 years. However there are still disasters that have not happened. John then witnesses a plane crash on the exact date Lucinda has predicted.

        He gets in contact with her former teacher and learns that she died recently of a drugs overdose. He tracks down Lucinda's daughter Diana Wayland (Rose Byrne) whose daughter is called Abby. Incidentally Lara Robinson who plays Abby also plays Lucinda Embry. Abby can also hear The Strangers' whispers just like John's son Caleb.

        John and a fellow Professor forecast that a giant solar flare will soon reach Earth and everybody will be burnt to death. Therefore John decides to get in contact with his father who he fell out with after his wife's death. John's father is now a Christian minister.

        THE DIRECTOR

        Knowing was directed by Alex Proyas who was born in Egypt but moved to Australia when he was 3 years old. His directorial CV includes The Crow, I, Robot and Dark City. Therefore you would hope that Knowing would be in safe hands. However his casting of Nicolas Cage as John Koestler already places the film's reputation in doubt in my opinion.

        WHAT'S MY PROBLEM WITH NICOLAS CAGE?

        It's nothing personal, it's generally his face and his voice. He talks like he's got an apple in his gob and he looks like a fop. I've never been very keen on him as an actor and his performance in the remake of The Wicker Man was unforgiveable, By the end of this film I couldn't care less whether his character survived or died. To be honest if I see that a film has got NC in it I usually avoid it. Knowing was an exception because it's a science fiction film.

        MY GENERAL OPINION OF THE FILM

        The concept of the film was quite good but it wasn't executed very well. The ending was incredibly weak and left too many questions unanswered. The child actors made the adults look bad, especially Chandler Canterbury as Cage's son Caleb. "The Strangers" were certainly unconvincing and as for the black pebbles they kept handing out. What was the point exactly?

        TO CONCLUDE

        Knowing could have been good with a better actor in the lead role. An opportunity missed. Would I recommend it? No!

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          11.05.2010 14:53
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          Knowing

          Movie: Knowing

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          Movie Length: 121 minutes
          Category: action, science fiction
          Year: 2009
          Director: Alex Proyas
          Language: English
          Country: United States
          Rating: 16 years and older
          Extras: Yes

          Actors:
          Nicolas Cage as Professor Jonathan "John" Koestler
          Chandler Canterbury as Caleb Koestler
          Rose Byrne as Diana Wayland
          Lara Robinson as Lucinda Embry / Abby Wayland
          Nadia Townsend as Grace Koestler

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          In the year 1959 a primary school in Lexington decides to bury an American time capsule. A time capsule containing drawings of the pupils how they think the future will play out over 50 years. Everyone makes beautiful drawings, all except for Lucinda who writes something on a paper. 50 years later, a celebration held in honour of opening the time capsule and the new students can all take a drawing from a time capsule. Caleb Koestler is a student and gets the drawing with all strange figures from the capsule and shows it to his father John Koestler. He becomes interested in this piece of data and tries to decipher it, but finds out that the figures refer to disasters in the last fifty years and have actually predicted when and where they would happen! And even the number of deaths! But the figures also refer to future events and John begins a race against time to stop these next distasters!

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          Nicolas Cage stars in this film as Professor Koestler John. He has a difficult time after losing his wife and struggles with the up bringing of his son. At the beginning of the film he comes across as someone who has difficulties and hasn't really his life under control, but as the movie goes, he is getting stronger. He is pleasant to watch and is good, but he will never be my favourite actor. You like him or you dislike him, but in this film he is fine. Rose Byrne plays the role of Diana and is the daughter of Wayland and Lucinda, the woman who 50 years ago has put the strange figures on paper. Diana has always had a difficult understanding with her mother and when John' stands on her doorstep with questions about her mother, she wants nothing to do with it. She is now a mother herself and very protective and wants something more to learn about her mother. Rose plays the role well and is convincing, but nothing extraordinary. Nice performances and enough for this film.

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          There are several extras on the DVD including commentary from director Alex Proyes. Alex talks about the film process and explains how he made the film along with producer Mark Rance. Another extra is the making off of the movie about how the film was made and focuses on some intense action scenes. Fun and interesting just to watch after the movie, to see how scenes are put together. The last extra is: "End of the World," which means actors get interviewed and other experts where this idea comes from. Interesting, but here and there a little boring. The extras are neat and nice amount.

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          Knowing is primarily a film that is good due its special effects and action moments. Fortunately there are enough of these moments to keep the film interesting. The movie lasts 2 hours and that is pretty long. The story is built up well from the beginning and everything is clearly explained. The performances are fine for this film, but had expected something stronger. The special effects are done very well in this film and are definitely the strongest point. You have a scene in the film, involving a plane crash in front of John with many explosions and fire. This scene is very well put together and was very entertaining. Overall I found the film quite exciting and love the science fiction part in the film. I would rather rent than buy this film because he is entertaining, but it's nothing really special.

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          23.04.2010 02:11
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          A good film, I think could be a little better

          I saw this the other day on Sky Movies, and I had been waiting a while to see it since seeing the advert for it at the cinema, but I had not had the chance to see it till now.

          The film stars Nicholas Cage, who plays John, and lives alone with his Son. They attend the son's school ceremony where they dig up a time capsule that was buried by the students of the school 50 years ago. Johns son is given an envelope from this capsule that contains a piece of paper. On this paper is a large amount of numbers, all in lines which seem to be just random numbers that make no sense, but John feels there is something more to these numbers and takes it home to study it, finding out that these numbers represent dates of national disasters and how many people died in each disaster.

          Every one of the dates and death tolls listed is correct, but the scariest part of it all, 3 dates are still yet to come, and they are in the very near future! Will John be able to use this information to stop the disasters happening? Why was his son the one to have been given these numbers? And who the hell are those creepy blokes that keep hanging round?

          I found this to be a good film, with some bits that actually creeped me out a little bit, but the story was very good. I am usually a big fan of Nicholas Cage and his acting, but I don't think this film was quite right for him, he played it well enough, but I know from his previous films he could have done a lot better. The young boy playing his son is not the greatest of actors, and maybe they should have limited his lines a little more.

          All in all the film is a good one, and I did not expect the ending of this film, although I do think the ending could have been played out a little better. The special effects in this film are quite amazing, and are worth watching the film for alone.

          This film is rated a 15, and I was a little scared watching some parts of it, so I would not recommend it for any younger than a 15, the kids may end up having nightmares! You can buy this film on DVD on Amazon UK, for around £5, which I think is a good bargain for a god film.

          This review is also found on www.ciao.co.uk under the name of Hailee.

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          This would have been a better rating if they had chosen a different actor

          Knowing, a newly released film starring Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury and Rose Byrne, is an exceptional amalgamation of genres - sci fi meets thriller. In this bold and bleak depiction of earth's future, as directed by Alex Proyas, the characters are brought to life to illuminate human vulnerability and inability to control the future.

          John Koestler (Cage), a widower and a son of a preacher - who struggles to comprehend that there might be a divinely inspired purpose behind everything - embarks upon a thrilling and dangerous race against time in a couragous, albeit fruitless, attempt to prevent disasters of a colossal nature. His acquisition of such prophetic knowledge regarding disasterous occurences of the future begins when his son, Caleb (Canterbury), discovers a note left in a time capsule at a local elementary school, buried in the ground for fifty years.

          A seemingly random and meaningless string of numbers scribbled fiercly onto a piece of paper, at first glance, was penned in 1959 by a disturbed young girl by the name of Lucinda, who found herself constantly tormented by voices. Deciphered by John, an Astrophysicist at MIT, the note soon reveals itself to be a cryptic warning, compiled of dates, coordinates and death toll numbers, pointing towards all the great tragedies endured by the world in the latter half of the twentieth century, including 9/11 and the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

          Convinced that the deadly digits are now directing him to imminent local catastrophes, and worried that his son is somehow connected to the prophecy, John contacts the family of Lucinda for quick answers on what may have been her ultimate and final prediction. Diana (Byrne) and her daughter, Abby, unwittingly become an integral part of the story, providing clues to help uncover the unnerving, apocalytpic fate of the entire human race.

          Theological to the core, the film picks up the much needed intervention of extra-terrestrial beings; whether they're meant to be aliens or angels is a little unclear. Throughout the film, they are "talking" to a number of children and as the film draws to an Armageddon, the creatures reveal that only those who heard the call could choose to be led by them to safety. In this sense, there comes into play a sort of rapture event at the end of the film, before the final judgement falls.

          If you're looking for a Christian film - this certainly wouldn't be at the top of my list. It's not intentionally Christian, although it does, surprisingly, portray Christianity in a favourable light. There are overt references to Ezekiel, John's gospel and events in the book of Revelation. The gospel is not preached, as such, but there are undertones of it in reference to the prophecy, how it paved the way to its final conclusion and how people were blind to it. Subtly reminiscent of Jesus, perhaps?

          As a film, the special effects were spectacular, the plot was exciting and unusual, but there was something lacking. Cage's character was, for want of a better word, vacant. He distanced himself from all genuine relationships and even the connection with his son was disjointed.

          Throughout the film, there was also a perpetual tension portrayed mostly in the music. It had a bit of a Sixth Sense/I Am Legend feel to it. It was a tense sci fi-thriller with strong theological overtones.

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          04.01.2010 08:04
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          Jack needs to solve the number clues to save people

          It is 1959 and to celebrate the opening of a new school they are burying a time capsule and each class has to draw pictures of what they think the world will be like in 50 years when the capsule is dug up. Lucinda, a quiet girl who the other children think is weird, does not draw a picture she instead writes a whole list of numbers on her paper. The paper does go into the capsule where it is buried.

          Now in 2009 it is time to open the capsule and Caleb s now attending the school and he receives an envelope from the capsule. He shows it to his father, John and they are intrigued by the numbers. Later that night when Caleb is in bed John takes another look at the numbers and he notices that they are dates, he looks at the dates and finds that on each one a disaster has happened and the numbers after the dates also show how many die. John who works as an astrophysicists does not like the idea that someone was able to predict all of these events as it shows that things are not happening spontaneously but they are all happening for a reason does not know what to do as there are two dates left on the paper which are for predicted events to happen soon.

          Will John be able to work out what these events are going to be and what the numbers inside of the dates and death counts are? Just what is happening to Caleb as he keeps hearing whispering and seeing a strange man, is it connected to the numbers?

          I have to admit that this was not my film choice it was hubby who wanted to see this but I am pleased to say that I really did enjoy this film. Nicholas cage stars are the lead role, John and I though that he did a great job. He worked well in his role and made it very believable. I liked how he was given some depth with dealing with being a single father after the death of his wife as this showed there was more to him than just being an astrophysicist. He worked well with the character of Caleb who was played by Chandler Canterbury and I though they had a good chemistry. Young Chandler was another great character and I think he too did a great job in his role.

          There were a lot of supporting actors and actresses in the film but for me the main ones were the characters of Abby and Diana, I think they fitted well into the storyline and there was a good chemistry between the four characters.

          I did find that the film was a little on the dark side, not in a scary way but for some reason everything mainly happened at night. There were a few scenes which were set in the daytime but then it still seemed quite dark. I think I would have liked a lot more colour and daylight in the film. The scenery and costumes were all very good and I think the special effects really were well made. They added so much to the film and at times I was shocked by some of what we were seeing as it was so well made. The soundtrack to this film really did pass over me as I cannot remember a single track from the whole of the film. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing as a good soundtrack always seems to be one that blends well and is not overly loud and noticeable but for me I do like a film to have good memorable music.

          One negative I found with this film was the ending. For me I think it would have been so much better if it had ended about 4 minutes before it did. Those who have seen it will know what I mean but as I don't want to give the ending away I am not going to give any details but I think the last few minutes were not needed at all and in a way spoilt it for me.

          The DVD which we have does have some special features which include:-

          Audio Commentary with Director Alex Proyas
          Knowing All: The making of a futuristic trailer
          Visions of the Apocalypse
          Theatrical trailer
          Theatrical TV spots

          As I am not a fan of bonus features I have not taken the time to watch these so I am unable to give comment on them.

          The running time of this |film is 116 minutes and the certificate is a 15. I do agree with this rating as there are some scenes which younger children may find scary. We paid £7 for this DVD from Tesco which I felt to be a good price.

          I am going to recommend this film as it has a great storyline which is different from any have watched before and the acting for me was great. The real plus side of this film has got to be the special effects which are worth watching even if you don't like the lead actors in this film. I would say that the ending is a little bit of a let down but just don't let that put you off.

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            28.12.2009 02:37
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            Well worth watching, cage is cracking and so is the film!

            Dont misunderstand my review title, this is a cracking film. You can nearly always say that about Nicolas Cage films, but this one really is! The premise is simple. There are many disasters happening on earth, for some reason, aliens decide to warn mankind about the upcoming disasters by "whispering" them to a little girl in the 1950's. Unfortuneately, that girl does nothing with the information other than write it down on a bit of paper and allow it to be put into the ground in a time capsule. The capsule is dug up in the current day and discovered by Nicolas Cage's character. He soon discovers the code in the series of numbers written on the page and works out that the code tells of impending disasters, when they will happen, how many will die and the location. The story continues on along this path, with a worrying fortelling of the end of days. We don't know what will happen right until the end. I wont ruin it for you either, because it truely is worth watching.
            There are very strong undertones of relgion through out the film and yet some of it is subtle too. You might find the end to be a bit depressing, but in the same way it is uplifting.

            The special effects are top notch. There's a scene where a plane crashes and burning people come pouring out of it, screaming for help, being half extinguished by the heavy rain. Its very well done and if you have a good sound system, the intial sound will scare you senseless as the engine roars close by.
            The picture quality is amazing and so is the sound. The film itself is pretty cracking too. I'd recommend it. The twist isn't too obvious, nor is the potential danger that everyone is in or what its from. So it keeps you interested from beginning to end. Cage's performance is first rate and moving. As is his compatriots.

            Well worth a look.
            I didn't watch much of the extras, I have to admit, but there are quite a few :)

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              27.12.2009 08:28
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              Really enjoyed this film

              I went to see the Knowing at the cinema when it first came out. I had seen some trailers for the film and thought from the way the stroy was portrayed in the trailer that it was right up my street. Once in the cinema the film came up to expectations all the way through with some spectacular disaster scenes especially the plane crash which seemed to be coming right towards you and you felt like it was going to hit you on the way down. The ending was a bit strange though first viewing as I was expecting the film to be more of a kind of disaster movie come Da Vinci Code kind of film where they were trying to work out the codes, where as it ended up being a bit more science fiction than I had thought.

              I did enjoy the film though and my OH bought the dvd for me for Christmas and we sat down and watched it that same evening.

              I must say that I enjoyed the film even more on the second viewing. I think this is because I knew beforehand what kind of film it was going to be from the start. Also I was able to enjoy the story better and get more involved with what was happening and notice more details that I missed in the cinema.

              One of the things I missed but noticed practically from the beginning of the film on the tv was the beautiful colours throughout the film. It was very cleverly done as the orangey colours of the autumn trees were picked up right through the film along with some lovely blues and olive greens. In just about all the scenes in the film these colours stand out more than anything else. In scenes with costumes, you find most people wearing black and whites, greys and muted colours and then there are a few people wearing something coloured like a t shirt or jumper or soemthing and they are nearly always orange, blue or green.

              The same colours are reflected in the rooms shown in the film and even in shots of the places they go to. I thought it was very clever to cordinate the colours like they did. You will have to watch the film (again if you have already watched it and missed it) to see what I mean). It was a brilliant piece of artistry.

              As for the storyline, the film is about the family of John Koestler (played brilliantly by Nicolas Cage). He lost his wife in a hotel fire a while ago and is now bringing up his son Caleb on his own. He is an astrophysicist and a teacher at the college and trys through his job to find meaning to life on earth. His beliefs are divided as his knowledge of the scientific side of things tells him one thing but he finds it hard to believe that that is all there is to it and has this hope in his heart that the more religious side of things might be true and that one day his family will all be together again.

              The story starts in 1959 in a childrens school which has just opened and they are having a ceremony to celebrate the opening where they are going to bury a time capsule containing pictures by all the children showing what they belive the future will be like in 50 years time.

              They all sit and draw thier interpretation of what they think will be happening like robots and space ships but one girl, Lucinda, just fills up a page with a strange collection of numbers.

              The drawings are then put in envelopes and they are sealed in the capsule which is buried at the front of the school.

              The film then comes into present day and you find John's son Caleb is in the class at the school when they have the ceremony to take the capsule out of the ground. All the children in the class are given an envelope each and Caleb gets the one that was done by Lucinda.

              When they get home the page of numbers is lying around for a while but then one evening John takes a closer look at it and sees a line of numbers that seem to mean something but he cant think what so he goes to the drawing board and writes them up so he can have a mess around with them. The numbers were 911012997 and after a bit of working out he sees that the first 5 digits are the date 9/11/01. He goes to his computer and looks up the news page for the 911 disaster and finds that the number of people killed then was 2997. He carries on searching though the numbers and finds more disasters of the last 50 years represented by the numbers and realises that somehow Lucinda was able to predict all these things to happen all those years ago before the page was sealed in the capsule. There are also some dates that have yet to come so he is frightened that something will happen on these days too.

              The film carrries on with him trying to get people to believe him and find out why Lucinda was able to have these predictions.

              I wont tell any more of the story as I dont want to spoil it.

              All the actors in the film are very good at their parts. Nicolas cage is perfect for the part of John Koestler. He plays the character really well giving him that sentimental edge that makes you able to believe he is this family man that would do anything to protect his son and that he misses his wife badly and is still grieving for her. Also his relationship with his sister and mother and father comes across as totally believeable.

              The part of the child Lucinda was played by a very talented little actress called Lara Robinson. She also played the part of Lucindas Grandaughter Abby later on in the film.

              Caleb was played by Chandler Canterbury. He did an excellent job of the part, you could tell he was missing his Mum and trying to help his Dad at the same time. There was a really strong bond between him and his father although at the beginning of the film you could tell John was struggling a bit with coping with being a single parent.

              I would give this film 4 out of 5 stars as I think if you go into it knowing there is a bit of science fiction to the film you will really enjoy the story and the way it has been filmed so beautifully.

              The film is a 15 n the UK and it runs for 116 minutes approx. On the dvd there are also special features which are an Audio commentary by the direcotor Alex Proyas, Knowing All; the Making of a Futuristic Thriller, Visions of the Apocalypse, Theactrical Trailer, and Theactrical TV Spots.

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                18.12.2009 13:25
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                Good first hour before it falls apart.

                Knowing is a 2009 amction/drama starring Nicholas Cage as a university teacher and scientist. The film follows a list of numbers written down by a former pupil at his sons school, the list of numbers that was placed in a time capsule 50 years earlier to be opened today. The list of numbers seems meaningless until Cage's son decided to bring the list home believing it could contain a message, John (Cage) tells him to take it back to the school, until he notices something strange in a pattern of random numbers. 09/11/01...this could have been a big coincidence, until John looks further and notices other dates from previous disasters, he traces back hundreds of dates until he gets to the end 2 dates...disasters due to happen in a few days time.

                I didn't really want to watch this film when it came out, it didn't appeal to me on any level but the chance came along recently to check it out so thought I better had do. The concept of the film is quite intruiging, a little girl with the power to predict forthcoming disasters which 50 years on prove to be correct. The film started off pretty well for me, the action, drama and interaction between the characters and following the lead trying to chase down disasters and figure everything out worked quite well. It was only when it got towards the end where the film started to fall apart, the first hour or so I thought was pretty good, although a little odd with certain people following John's son. However with about 20 minutes to go the film takes a large turn for the worse and the ending for me was anything but good, it was quite ridiculous which was a shame because the rest of the film held up quite well. The acting on the whole was pretty good, there are only a few films I can stand watching Nicholas Cage in and this wasn't as bad as I first feared, his voice seems to be a little less irritating than normal. The acting from his son was one of the better points of the film as well.

                I am not a big fan of films where you have to suspend your believe of reality, unless they are done very very well. The likes of Eternal Sunshine and Moon are examples of sci-fi or fantasy films done extremley well where you don't feel the need to suspend belief in reality, even though you obviously do, the ending of this film however was not done very well, I bought the whole concept of the numbers meaning stuff and the whole determinsim idea, what I didn't get is the ending, the last 5 minutes were harrowing to watch and the final scene was just hollywood all over.

                Overall, stop watching this after an hour or so and you'll come away feeling pretty impressed, otherwise forget about everything you've seen for the first hour, the ending will only ruin it.

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                  17.11.2009 14:44
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                  A Good Drama Focusing On A Small Cast Facing Big Problems

                  My Wife bought this after wanting to see it at the cinema, but never getting around to it. I watched it with her, thinking that it would be an action film starring Nicholas Cage trying to save the world. In some ways I was right but in some I was very wrong.

                  The film begins with children in a school being told to prepare a letter for a time capsule that will be planted in their grounds, to be opened in 50 years time by the pupils of the time. Lots of people draw spaceships, although one strange little girl rights a series of numbers on her letter. Then after the Time Capsule is planted, she dissapears!

                  Fast Forward 50 years to the present day. Caleb Koestler is given the envelope by his school teacher. After taking the letter hom even though he wasn't supposed to, his father John Koestler (Played By Nicholas Cage) spots the date of the 9/11 Terror Attacks in the numbers. After doing this he sees a pattern in the numbers that predict every significant loss of human life by any means from the date the letter was written. One slight issue though, there are 3 more dates!!!

                  The film for me is a cross between a thriller & a drama. There is maybe one action scene in the film, but if that is what you want, look somewhere else. The plot is an interesting one. It is not bad at all. There was even something that I didn't quite see coming in there too. The film has a decent pace for a drama & always keeps your interest, but the focus here is on the relationship of a family who discover these things & how they cope with them as opposed to loads of characters all coping with the same major event. Think more along the lines of a film like Signs than a film like Deep Impact.

                  On the downside I was a little dissapointed with the ending, although, when you choose this sort of plot, there aren't many places it can go in the end.

                  I would recommend the film. It was entertaining & I would certainly watch it again. It was interesting seeing the story & the peril develop & the relationships of the small cast affected by what's going on around them. If you wan't a good drama with some intelligence about it, then I would say give this a go.

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                    16.11.2009 16:07
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                    I'll be generous and go to 4 stars (was really 3.5!)

                    I have had Knowing on my rental list with lovefilm since before it came out, so to say I was looking forward to it would be a slight understatement. So imagine my dissapointment when it was AVERAGE! I took it as a personal insult that the producer ended the film the way they did. Riduculous I tell you!

                    So, rant over, you probably want to know what it's about. The film opens in 1959 in an elementary school. The pupils are all given the task of drawing a picture of what they think the future will look like, so they can put the pictures in a time capsule where they will stay for 50 years. The film shows a frightened little girl called Lucinda, who instead of drawing a picture writes a whole page of numbers. 50 years later, John Koestler (Nicholas Cage) takes his son, Caleb to the presentation of the time capsule where each child will receive a picture drawn fifty years ago. Caleb is given Lucinda's, and when John looks at the numbers later on, he soon releasises that there is more to this page than he first thought. He quickly notices the number 91101, and when he seareches for the 9/11 disaster on the internet he finds the exact number of people who died, and this matches the numbers following 91101. After more research he discovers that this page seemingly lists every disaster with large fatalities in the last fifty years, and in date order. John must now track down Lucinda and discover how she knew this information, and how they can stop the next predictions coming true.

                    The film had a very good storyline, which unfortunately had a naff ending in my opinion, although I'm sure many would disagree, it just didn't do it for me. Up to the last 15 minutes of the film, I thought it was excellent, and the action scenes of the film were fanastic.

                    I would recomment this film, as it was good and I think that I possibly had too high of an expectation from it (isn't that always the case when your looking forward to a film?!).

                    Nicolas Cage - John Koestler

                    Chandler Canterbury - Caleb Koestler

                    Rose Byrne - Diana Wayland

                    Lara Robinson - Abby Wayland / Lucinda

                    D.G. Maloney - The Stranger

                    Nadia Townsend - Grace Koestler

                    Alan Hopgood - Reverend Koestler

                    Adrienne Pickering - Allison Koestler

                    Runtime: 121 minutes

                    Blu-ray version currently for sale on Amazon for £10.17 inclusive of postage.

                    Rated: 15

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                      Good sci-fi thriller/drama

                      - Credits -
                      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448011/fullcredits


                      - Story -

                      Fifty years after it was planted, a time capsule is opened at the school of John Koestlers son, Caleb. Every pupil is given an envelope to open containing something the classmates wrote or drew fifty years prior. Caleb opens his to find a list of seemingly meaningless numbers which John ends up with but it soon becomes clear that the girl who originally wrote this knew things no-one else didn't, as it appears that the numbers are clues to disasters that are going to take place in the future, so John sets out to try and identify where these disasters will take place and soon it seems as if something sinister is targeting him and his son.


                      - Thoughts & Opinions -

                      There seems to be quite a trend over the last few years for both disaster movies, such as The Day After Tomorrow and movies where numbers play a sinister role, such as The Number 23. This movie is something of a mix of both, although the disaster element isn't quite as prevalent.

                      The story is quite interesting, though it is one where you have to suspend belief (as my review title indicates) and it is somewhat let down by what I thought were formulaic aspects to the story, such as the colleague who urges John to stay away, not to put himself in danger for the sake of his son, thats after doubting if the numbers mean anything at all just shortly beforehand I believe(!). Also near the end of the movie it takes a particularly strong sci-fi turn, so to speak and indeed the scenes reminded me of something from ET or Close Encounters of the Third Kind almost, which I felt was a little over the top and, pardon the pun, may alienate some viewers.

                      I had read one or two reviews that put this movie in a dim light so I wasn't expecting too much but to be honest I was surprised, as I think if you can overlook the odd less than original scene and how far fetched it may appear and also as long as your aware that its more of a sci-fi based thriller than an all-out action movie, then you should still quite enjoy it, as I did.

                      Its not a perfect movie by any means but I still found it quite intriguing and was quite impressed with the special effects used, some scenes take you by surprise, though their not too often when they do occur their quite good and I know how easy it can be for me to be distracted and lose interest in movies especially nowadays but I felt that this movie, despits its flaws, was still quite gripping and kept my attention. I liked how the movie built up to a different ending than the viewer may expect, though again people will probably have differing opinions about the ending. The movie is just shy of two hours long and while its perhaps not the best movie of that length, it certainly kept my attention and entertained me during that time, which is quite good.


                      - Would I Recommend It? -

                      Yes I would recommend this movie. Its not without its flaws, as I've already said but its still pretty entertaining, the special effects are good and there are worse movies of an equal length you could watch that would have you switching off before it ends, so yes, I would recommend it, just be aware that it is more of a thriller than an all-out action movie and its not entirely original but there are worse movies out there I think, so I wouldn't say don't give this a try.

                      I hope you found my review useful, thanks for any and all r/r/c's. This review is also posted on Ciao UK under the same username.

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