Movie Review: Knowing

Nicolas Cage has a new movie out on DVD. Actually, it came out a few weeks ago but I am just getting around to watching it.

A plot synthesis and trailers can be found here.

In short:

The film opens in Lexington, Massachusetts in 1959, where a competition is held among the students of a new elementary school to celebrate its opening. The winning plan, from student Lucinda Embry, a seemingly mental disorder/mentally disturbed girl, is to bury a time capsule containing the students’ drawings of the future to be opened 50 years later in 2009. She is prevented from finishing her image, which is actually a series of seemingly random numbers, and goes missing during the ceremony. Her teacher later finds her in a gym closet, frantically scratching the remaining numbers into the door.
Fifty years later, the time capsule is opened and the pictures are handed down to the new generation of students. Caleb, the son of MIT professor and astrophysics|astrophysicist John Koestler, receives Lucinda’s envelope. Initially dismissing them as random numbers, John notices a single random number sequence, 911012996, which contains the date of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks|World Trade Center attacks as well as the death toll of the attack. Further research leads John to realize the numbers are a list contain the dates and death tolls of every major disaster, natural and man made, that has happened over the past 50 years, with three that have not occurred yet.

(from the link above)


My review:

I found the movie entertaining, however, I think it would be easier if a person had a little knowledge concerning biblical prophecies, and theories concerning other worlds, occult and so forth to really get this. I say this because I have some knowledge here and or there but the people I watched it with did not. So throughout the movie as things began to unfold, they were kind of stumped.

You begin to think that it is some strange psychic phenomena that ties into Revelations and so forth. However, the strangers that appear throughout the film have you thinking angels…but then no…possibly some other weird and unexplained phenomena and by the time you begin to wonder that, insert the confusion and shocker.

The ending gives a different outlook on all of this, BUT that’s where it may throw the viewer and possibly make some people angry or frustrated. Because it leads us into thinking of revelations, etc, the ending comes or may come as a shock to some. That is, unless you have some previous knowledge of other theories or beliefs which exist concerning these things and situations.

I thought the movie was good, special effects and so forth, but I think the way the writer’s harp on religion, God, and so on might have killed the film. It’s not that I have no interest in these things but it’s mentioned so much that I think the viewer will get their mind locked on that and will then lose it on what it all turns out to be. Or so that’s what happened in the group I was watching it with.

So if your out to see this film, go in with an open mind and don’t try to figure it out based on any given source the film might mention. It seems to draw on a variety of things.

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4 thoughts on “Movie Review: Knowing”

  1. I found it to be an incredibly depressing movie. One of my worst nightmares (a plane crash) was graphically depicted, had me gasping because of the special effects used to create it. That’s what a movie of this genre should do I would imagine, but unless you are into this type of film, think twice before seeing it.


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