Excerpt: Knowing is a disaster movie that wants to become the meaning of life. That’s stupid. Knowing sets things up with a standard explanation: Everything happens for a reason. It is an acceptable premise, even backed by some mild science. The story of John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) follows after he is given a piece of numbered paper left in a time capsule 50 years ago. Those numbers point to every major disaster in the world, with more on the way.
Excerpt: Nicolas Cage has brought us plenty of crazy movies in the past few years, but Knowing is a doozy of an entirely different level. Dark City and I, Robot director Alex Proyas peppers his take on the disaster movie with a whole host of other genre elements, including ghost stories, conspiracy thrillers and a dash of whacked-out sci-fi.
Excerpt: Isn’t it cheating to cast Nicolas Cage as a man trying to warn everyone else that the world’s going to end? In these later years of Cage’s career, a bug-eyed expression suggesting that everyone around him has gone insane has become his default mode. If anyone ever wanted to make a story about the prophet Jeremiah, he’s their man. But what Cage doesn’t do convincingly anymore, if he ever did, is act normal.
Summary: 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. More 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.
Excerpt: "Knowing" is a movie about numbers and creepy whispering guys who ghost around gifting children smooth black rocks and cute white rabbits. These are but small examples of its absurdity, and should only appeal to those sadistic few who enjoy seeing large groups of people killed in disastrous CGI mayhem (or the constant and expressionless face of the lead actor). Knowing this is what the future may hold, there is no excuse to watch this film.