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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Knowing Starring Nicolas Cage

Running Time: 130 minutes
From: Escape Artist and Summit Entertainment
Genre: Thriller/Science Fiction

From the Movie Poster: What Happens When The Numbers Run Out?

As the movie opens it is 1959, the William Dawes Elementary School is finally finished with construction and to commemorate the occasion, they're burying a time capsule with drawings of the future kept safe inside. That is except for Lucinda Emery, she's burying numbers....

Flash to present day - 50 years later - Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury) is participating in retrieving a time capsule. Inside are pictures, except for one that ends up in Caleb's hands. His father, MIT Professor and astrophysicist John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) sees correlation between the numbers and catastrophes throughout history. Hurricanes, plane crashes, the Kennedy Assassination, floods, fires, 911, shootings, and the death of his wife one year earlier in a hotel fire. And there are three dates left on the paper. He soon discovers that a second group of numbers gives location in longitude and latitude. Who will he tell? What will he do? Caleb has started having visions and visitors who wanted to take him away, to protect him.


John tries to contact Lucinda, but she has died from a drug overdose due to medications prescribed for her presumed mental illness. Her daughter, Diana Wayland (Rose Byrne), first rebuffs John only to seek him out later, saying her mother always told her the day she was going to die....it will happen in just two short days. And her daughter, Abby (Lara Richardson - also plays young Lucinda), has started to have visions and visitors who want to take her away, protect her. What is happening?

As John further works with the numbers, more information is discovered, in two days 33 people will die, maybe one of them Diana. It will be a mass catastrophe like the Earth as never seen. John is an astrophysicist who has been predicting solar flares, but the flare that is to occur is the biggest recorded in history, it was suppose to happen in space. But something has happened and now it is directed at Earth. John discovered with Diana's help that instead of 33, it is actually EE, Diana's mother's term for Everyone Else. It would seem the destruction of Earth is at hand and no one can prevent it. The visitor are only interested in the children who have had the visions, to rebuild on another planet, another tree of life.

Nicolas Cage happens to be one of my favorite actors since Valley Girls and Peggy Sue Got Married. The 1980's were a long time ago, but that's when I discovered him. I have seen nearly all of his movies, a few I wish I hadn't, but only a few. In Knowing, he is the one who figures out all the events that have happened and that are yet to come. He has fallen away from his pastor father since the death of his wife. He can't accept that there is a God that would take someone so important away from him. Later, after remembering his wife's wishes, he makes peace with his family as they wait together for the end to come.

Knowing is a scifi thriller that can be viewed as just that, a thriller. Others have said it should be viewed through a biblical eye, viewed as the hand of God and the rebirth of mankind. I'll let you choose. I knew none of this before agreeing to go see the movie. It was an excellent movie as long as you're a viewer who enjoys massively destructive movies. The special effects were amazingly well done. This movies brings CGI to a new level, in that the opening scene of the movie shows the Earth imploding in on itself, the viewer just doesn't realize what it is, that it is in fact the Earth, and doesn't know why.........yet.

Here's the trailer for Knowing.


And some fun from Valley Girl in 1983.


And to back 1986 for Peggy Sue Got Married.

16 comments:

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

I saw this movie too and thought I would enjoy watching it as home just as much on DVD. I was a little disappointed with it! But glad you enjoyed it, that's why they make so many different types of movies, to keep us all happy!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Alaine!

I wasn't sure I liked it. I liked the idea of a scifi type movie, but the whole end of the world thing, I could have lived without. It had excellent special effects and the computer graphics were beyond amazing. The psycho drama was a bit of a stretch for me as well. I enjoyed the movie, don't get me wrong, I just didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I won't be going back for a second viewing. As much as I like Nick Cage, I pass on seconds.

Dottie :)

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

That's exactly what I thought! I didn't like it as much as I thought I would either. Glad I saw it though!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Alaine!

Yeah, I didn't wish I hadn't gone, it was excepting one type of movie and got another!

But it was still good, like I said, I'll just pass of seconds. lolol.

Dottie :)

Lea said...

Hi Dottie!

I remember seeing a trailer for this movie before it's release!

It sounds really good! I love disaster movies with lots of action. I can take or leave Nic Cage sometimes, but thats okay. lol

Thanks for sharing. Maybe I will pick up the DVD sometime.

Warm Regards
L

Blanche said...

Hi Dottie!

My hubby and son really really want to see this movie! I'm probably going to wait until the DVD comes out for the same reason you mentioned.......the whole end of the world thing kind of bugs me but it does sound like an interesting movie! :)

Barbara said...

I LOVED Valley Girl!! Nicholas Cage is a great actor. He's really been in a ton of movies that I loved. I really liked Family Man. Great flick.

Have a great weekend, Dottie!!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Lea!

I'm glad I saw this movie on the big screen because of the special effects, they were really cool. The computer graphics are absolutely amazing. The still where Nic is standing in front of the airplane was so cool, when we were watching the movie, it felt like the plane was right over head. It was the end of movie that got me. I was expecting a cool scifi flick, and got the meaning of life instead. Until the point that the viewer realizes there's no way out, it felt like good old fashion scifi. The special effects made you say WOW! It probably be great as a rental.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Blanche!

The end of the world thing was the bummer. It was amazing special effects and even the end of the world was truly fantasticly done. CGI was so good, when the plane crashed, it literally swooshed across the scene scraping one wing on the ground. So it wasn't that I didn't like it, it just wasn't the movie I thought I was going to see. I was glad that I didn't pay full price, lolol, it was another of those Tuesday specials Kerasotes has, so at least I felt like I got my money's worth out of it. Besides, I figured with Nic Cage in it, it's usually okay. But what is up with his hair lately?

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Barbara!

Like I know wasn't Valley Girl like the best movie ever!!**tosses head**
Okay, that as far as my valley girl imitation goes! I watched that movie over and over til I could say the line with the characters. Loved Nic in that movie, so hot as the bad boy, sweet blond bad boy.

Family Man is another favorite. Watched it at the movies, bought the DVD, made copies for all my friends (don't tell the DVD police, kay?) I cried when the little girl who by this time had Nic wrapped around her little finger said Hi Daddy, I knew you'd come back, when they were playing in the snow. LOVED IT.

Seriously, what did the man do to his hair. At first I thought toupee. Then I thought maybe just a bad hair cut. Not sure.

Dottie ;-)

Blodeuedd said...

I might just give this one a go, at least the bf would enjoy it too :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

This was definitely the hubs choice for movie viewing. So, I'm pretty sure your BF would like the movie. There were lots of explosions and end of the world kind of stuff. But it was good to, it had a plot you could follow so it wasn't all random explosions like some of the others with lots of special effects, which were more than amazing.

Dottie :)

sssalad said...

Hi Dottie! Just taking a tiny break from work to pop in and see how you are doing! I hope you guys have a great weekend! No big plans here other than I want to go through a bunch of pictures and print some at Walgreens before their sale goes off tomorrow!
Talk to you later!
Kim

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Kim!

Glad to see you, since you NEVER blog, my lord woman, how do you live?

I must blog, read, and write, it is an obsession that I fear I've lost control of...lololol!!!

How's everyone? Heather's almost finished or is she done already? I'll call soon, promise!! (that is if I can pry my hands from the keyboard. Tanya hates it when I blog and talk at the same time....just not a multi-tasker!

I saw you pics and they were awesome!! You did good!!

Well, I hope everything's going good and you guys have a great weekend!! Have fun crafting and photoging.

Love ya

((hugs))

Dottie ^~^

Ladytink_534 said...

Oh how creepy! How have I managed not to even hear of this yet? Wow, I don't know whether or not if I could sit through this as it would probably really freak me out lol.

Yeah, Nicholas Cage has made some real stinkers but I still make sure to see most of his new movies when they come out. Valley Girl was before my time but it looks like a good movie so I may have to rent it.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi LadyTink!

I've tried to watch all of Nic Cage's movies, I'm an enthusiast. There have been several I wish he could take back though, lolol. One of my all time favorites was Family Man..great movie. Valley Girl and Peggy Sue Got Married were really both sweet movies...really enjoyed those too. Valley Girl was too cute, if you haven't seen it I highly recommend it! (A really good airhead time, thoughtful ending -- teenage angst.)

Dottie :)

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