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Movie Review: Knowing

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 6 years and 5 months ago

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PL's Archive: Written March 22, 2009

You know I have mixed feelings about what I just saw. I’m not in the mood to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did. Many aspects of this film really felt creepy in the sense of what I’ve seen and heard since I was a child regarding prophesies, numerology and the “gifted”, but to an extent as a skeptic to many things, it always leaves that strip of doubt within that always leads me to believe that there isn’t any kind of scientific proof that anything or anyone can be of such high Intel in order to be able to foresee what’s to be expected and have events whether fortunate or unfortunate actually happen. Coincidences do exist, but that extra layer of sense, I don’t know. I’ve yet to have seen anything remotely near to what I’ve seen while viewing “Knowing” or ever come across ANYONE that’s been able to run my life down a layer of predictable notes.

Having enjoyed this film served in this way… it definitely keeps the thought of what’s out there in our solar system fresh in our minds because the act of having seen what others have seen due to cameras, telescopes and constant acts of shuttle launchings provides that viewing tangibility, but freaky strangers, whispering voices (unless mentally ill) existing forces beyond mankind or the animal kingdom is where I just start to cringe.

For what it’s worth I actually think as always Nicholas Cage delivered… I wouldn’t say an Oscar winning performance as I don’t even think the academy would even spend it’s time viewing such a film, but through the duration of the film, it becomes clear of his will to maintain clear answers regarding the cryptic number coding which gives off events post and prior that trickle from where it started all the way to haunting moments of which starts to affect his son (Chandler Canterbury) of whom already happens to be not only distraught by the death of his mother due to a horrid accident, but by the odd events that only he begins to experience….

The focus on this is 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, “Lucinda Embry” ((lara Robinson – role 1), 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” (Chandler Canterbury). But it is Caleb's father, professor “John Koestler” (Nicholas Cage), who makes the unique 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 discovers 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” (Lara Robinson –role 2), 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 & sacrifice.

Full of ups and downs it carries itself in an okay fashion, but aside from the creepy like events with special effects to add insult to injury so to speak… I think the ending is pretty scary. I wont give it away, but it’s just one of those “wow” moments.



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