Knowing (2009) Movie Review

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Knowing (2009)

2009 | PG-13 | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
121 minutes / 2h 01min

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Knowing Plot Synopsis:

In the fall of 1959, for a time capsule, students draw pictures of life as they imagine it will be in 50 years. Lucinda, an odd child who hears voices, swiftly writes a long string of numbers. In 2009, the capsule is opened; student Caleb Koestler gets Lucinda's "drawing" and his father John, an astrophysicist and grieving widower, takes a look. He discovers dates of disasters over the past 50 years with the number who died. Three dates remain, all coming soon. He investigates, learns of Lucinda, and looks for her family. He fears for his son, who's started to hear voices and who is visited by a silent stranger who shows him a vision of fire and destruction. What's going on?

Knowing (2009) Review

Knowing (2009) is a 2h 1-min USA/UK/Australian science-fiction mystery thriller that was shot in 22 locations in Victoria, Australia and Massachusetts, USA. Alex Proyas (Dark City (1998), I, Robot (2004), The Crow (1994)) did an excellent job executing this mind-boggling movie that can be all too real for some viewers. The movie consistently makes you feel as though something is about to happen with a mystery feel to it as the action proceed and out emotional attachment to the film grows. Knowing is a PG-13 rating movie that contains an enormous amount of graphic violence that might be too intense for younger viewers.

Knowing begins with a young school girl, Lucinda Embry (Lara Robinson) 50 years ago writing/scribbling down numbers that will be placed in the school time capsule that will be opened 50 years later. John Koestler (Nicolas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas (1995), National Treasure (2004), Moonstruck (1987), Kick-Ass (2010)) and his son Caleb lives by themselves but were the lucky ones to receive Lucinda’s paper from the time capsule. John believes that everything is left to chance and not planned events. John is a huge part of the puzzle and so is his son Caleb (Chandler Canterbury - Repo Men (2010), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), After.Life (2009)) who was chosen for a greater cause.

A chain reaction of events soon starts as a result of the numbered papers and the predictions that were written from the past. John sets out to find Lucinda’s daughter Diana Wayland (Rose Byrne - X-Men: First Class (2011), Insidious (2010), 28 Weeks Later (2007), Neighbors (2014)) who he thinks will be able to help him figure out the puzzle. Diana’s daughter Abby (Lara Robinson) and Caleb shares a common trait.

The FX was marvelously done and could not be better as the disaster scenes feel all too real leaving my guest and me feeling shocked and scared. Two realistic scenes were the plane and the subway scene. There will be viewers who enjoy the movie for what it is without reading too much into it and then there will be viewers like me who realizes that some of the predictions might be true/happening.

I am a huge fan of Nicholas Cage, so I have to say that he gave us an excellent performance, and the other actors did not fall too far behind in their performances. The movie might be considered to be a cliche to others of its kind, but it had enough subject matter to stand out from the rest and the totally awesome ending where everything was explained/covered with its storytelling and visual feast that is offered us. I would highly recommend horror fans to watch this movie as soon as possible because of the spectacular fx work, the haunting foretelling and chilling realities.

  • Knowing Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 5.05
  • IMDB: 6.2
  • MetaCritic: 4.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.3

About Knowing 2009

Title: Knowing
Year: 2009
Runtime: 121 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.52/5 stars from 204,787 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 204,787
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Knowing Cast Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Ted Maynard, Liam Hemsworth, Marc Lawrence, Joanna Theobalds, Gilbert Soto, Steve Mouzakis, Johnny Serret, Jose Element, Maria Levskaia, Jim Knobeloch, Maria Volk, Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen, Aria Taylor, David Whiteley, Kate Doherty, Jo Buckley, Adrienne Pickering, Vincent Amorosi, Sally Anne Arnott, Alyssa McClelland, Stefano Mazzeo, Michael C. Gwynne, Markus Hamilton, Harli Ames, Chris McLean, Joel Bow, Robert Iannazzo, Clement Tang
Knowing Writers: Ryne Douglas Pearson, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White
Knowing Director: Alex Proyas
Box Office: $79,948,113
Production: Summit Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA, UK, Australia