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Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Alex Proyas
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury,
Rose Byrne, D.G. Maloney
Released by: Summit Entertainment

In Short: Despite big-name acting, Nick Cage's latest will probably disappoint most, regardless of Alex Proyas' excellent work.
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Boring Neo Sci-Fi Flick
Will We Be Saved by Gentle Aliens?

How do you build up a movie with a weak plot? With special effects and a big-name actor, of course. But despite Alex Proyas' excellent work, this is one movie that certainly falls short of our expectations.

In 1958, a group of school children are asked to fill a time capsule with photos of what they think the future will look like, as part of a class project for the dedication of their new school. One young girl fills a sheet of paper with numbers, which she says are voiced to her from an intergalactic community.

Fifty years later, Caleb Koestler (played by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button's Chandler Canterbury) comes across this paper as the capsule is opened. His father, astrophysics professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) discovers that these encoded numbers predict the future of the earth: natural disasters and terrorist attacks, as well as an impending solar flare that will ultimately destroy the earth. Armed with this information, John sets off to try and prevent these disasters, enlisting the assistance of the author's daughter (Diana, played by Rose Burn) and granddaughter (Abby, played by Lara Robinson).

Nicolas Cage in Knowing
Rose Byrne and Nicolas Cage in Knowing

The film starts off as a drama with an explosion of sci-fi in the end. Caleb and Abby are "chosen" by gentle aliens to revive human race as we know it on earth, which is about to be destroyed by a solar flare.

Despite taking place in Boston, the entire movie was shot with red cameras in Melbourne, Australia. Cage's character as John Koestler is monochromatic and boring at best, with no supporting role coming to rescue him. We wanted to like Rose Byrnes' character better, but everyone seems to fly at the same low altitude. Most of the film is predictable, and the audience is left simply waiting to see which turn the ending takes. It's not worth the wait.


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