Knowing

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Nicholas Cage plays professor Ted Myles, who discovers a coded set of numbers in a time capsule dug up at his son's primary school. Ted works out that the code predicts the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past fifty years. It includes the foretelling of three additional events, the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale. Ted's attempt to alert the authorities falls on deaf ears, so he takes it upon himself to try and prevent the disasters.

Directed by Aussie Alex Proyas (I, Robot, Dark City).

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Action, Science Fiction, Thriller

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Rating: M contains supernatural themes

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Nicholas Cage plays a slightly mad, agnostic, alcoholic single dad. All three conditions are the result of his wife’s untimely demise. His philosophical battle between science and faith is the cause of his constant furrowed brow and his path to redemption involves becoming a believer.

If only he could believe his own storyline. An attractive visual style and beautiful scenes of epic destruction are wasted on a script that makes it up as it goes along. There’s no twist as such, but the ending is one huge eyebrow-raising “geh?” that will either blow your mind or have you choking on your popcorn.

A couple of moments really impress, such as the terrific plane crash scene. With the sound effects cranked up loud, and the frantic camerawork rushing us through a chaotic melee of burning bodies, this is easily a highlight.

But with all the Christian undertones and gaping plot holes, you could say that Knowing is holy in more ways than one. Consider also the “Holy ____” moment of incredulity at the end and we might well have discovered the Grail of silliness.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.

Dominion Post (Graeme Tuckett)

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It might all fall to bits during the deliriously overproduced finale, but the ride there is actually worth taking. Mark it down under "pleasant surprises" and have a look if there are no tickets left for Star Trek.

Empire (UK)

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You’re better off not knowing.

Hollywood Reporter

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Director Alex Proyas resolutely thinks in B-movie terms. Even with an A-list budget, he oversells every plot point and gooses the thrills with hokey lighting, bombastic music and serious overacting.

Hollywood Reporter

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Director Alex Proyas resolutely thinks in B-movie terms. Even with an A-list budget, he oversells every plot point and gooses the thrills with hokey lighting, bombastic music and serious overacting.

Los Angeles Times

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Whatever else Proyas has done in Knowing, he has created an ending that is sure to divide audiences into camps of love it or hate it, deeming its message either hopeful or hopelessly heavy-handed. For me, it doesn't quite work; still I'm glad he took the risk.

New York Times

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The draggy, lurching two hours of Knowing will make you long for the end of the world, even as you worry that there will not be time for all your questions to be answered.

Total Film (UK)

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In truth, however, Knowing has a far more insidious agenda: to convince non-believers like Cage, an embittered, alcoholic atheist since his wife’s death, there is intelligent design in the universe.

TV3 (Kate Rodger)

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The fact I was in near hysterics as the credits rolled was not a good sign, given this film is meant to be an end-of-the-world disaster movie, not a comedy.

Variety (USA)

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Genre fans always looking for something new and awesome may feel like they've seen most of this before, but the conceptual and emotional strength of Summit's Nicolas Cage starrer largely carries the day.

Flaming Moose!

Alex Proyas directed the excellent CROW and the interesting DARK CITY and then the big dumb dull popcorn epic I ROBOT and then this sorry excuse for a sci-fi actioner. Some nice cgi and some bizarre - was that a moose... in flames? Seriously? It ranks alongside Tony Scott's predictable sci-fi bore DEJA VU and joins Nic Cage's ever expanding catalogue of dismal movies... WICKER MAN anyone? One star? It's for the moose. Seriously. Check it out: youtube.com/watch?v=gcp4NMhFmLI

Not very good

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Not very good

The best part was when the plane crashed the rest was bbbbooooorrrriiinngggg

its great!

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its great!

luv it!!

cool..

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cool..

umm... well i havnt really seen da movie bhut im plainin tah 2morrowww..lookzz kool

TERRIFIC

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TERRIFIC

Not bad but when aliens arrived -ruined it for me - Nicholas Cage wsa good

LUVVED IT

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LUVVED IT

UP UNTIL THE LAST HALF HOUR - THEN GOT A BIT WEIRD - N CAGE IS GOOD :)

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I really enjoy Nicholas Cage, I think his movies are awesome. Hes always discovering, and de-coding, solving mysteries in his movies. Super cool:)