REVIEW: ‘Knowing’

Nicolas Cage
Chandler Canterbury
Rose Byrne
Lara Robinson
Rated: PG-13

Nicolas Cage’s career is going off the rails.

This movie starts in 1959 with a school putting a time capsule in the ground to be opened in 50 years. One of the items in there is a list of random numbers. The film then cuts to the present day with a professor named John (Cage), who’s also a single father to his son Caleb (Canterbury). Caleb just happens to be at the school with the capsule and brings home the list of numbers.

While looking it over, John begins to see a pattern through all of the numbers and realizes that all of the disasters over the last 50 years were prophesied. After this realization, he begins investigating what it all means.

What a mess this movie was. Not only did the movie leave a ton of plot holes and unanswered questions, it also couldn’t seem to decide if it wanted to be a race against time disaster movie or some kind of spiritual adventure.

This is especially true for the film’s final act, one that just spirals out of control in terms of what happens. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that it makes zero sense and doesn’t offer anything satisfying.

A really difficult part of the movie was the characters. Despite being in a difficult situation, Cage’s character seems to have no real depth. So much of the movie is spent focused on this prophecy that goes in a stupid direction that his character is just forgettable.

Rose Byrne’s character, meanwhile, is absolutely annoying from beginning to end. She has nothing to do but scream and freak out from start to finish. It gets grating really fast.

While the movie does feature some state of the art special effects, it doesn’t really matter in the end. The movie’s climax is far too ridiculous and the characters are too annoying to sit around for this picture. It’s a waste of time. 1 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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