Are events predetermined or do they happen randomly? Suppose you were given the knowledge of future events such as those pertaining to the death of a loved one, or of a more far reaching consequence – global disasters. Knowing builds on those ideas within an intriguing storyline that combines science fiction with religious/spiritual overtones and offers a different twist to the usual disaster movie genre.
The opening scene takes place in a Massachusetts elementary school class in 1959. The assignment for each student in the class is to draw a picture of what they predict the future will be like and have it placed in a time capsule to be dug up fifty years later.
Fast forward to the present. Nicolas Cage (in top form) is introduced as John Koestler, a professor of astro physics at MIT and widower raising his young son Caleb (Chandler Canterbury) alone. At least, that is what John tells his class when voicing his opinion on determinism as opposed to random chaos.
Back at his son’s elementary school, the capsule containing sealed envelopes with messages for present day students has been unearthed. There are just rows and rows of what appears to be random numbers written on a single piece of paper by a haunted little girl, Lucinda (Lara Robinson) five decades earlier.
Meanwhile, Caleb begins to hear strange whispering voices all speaking at once which is followed by a visit of a shadowy, silent male figure (credits list him as the Stranger) dressed in black (D.G. Maloney) who hands him a small shiny black rock and points to the bedroom window where an outside vision reveals a horrific burning forest and escaping wildlife in flames.
Knowing with certainty the date and whereabouts of two impending catastrophes, John sets out on a desperate race against time to try and stop them from happening but winds up as a witness to the very events he is unable to prevent.
Director Alex Proyas (the Crow, Dark City, I Robot) aptly creates a dark and gloomy atmosphere tinged with black and brown hues and sets up a suspenseful and chilling scenario with action scenes that are fabulously executed.
This movie review of Knowing is provided courtesy of our friends at The Flick Chicks – Judy Thorburn and Jacqueline MonahanTags: Alex Proyas Director, Judy Thorburn, knowing movie, Movie Reviews, nicolas cage, The Flick Chicks