Neither as bad as you suspect nor as good as you secretly hope, Knowing is a perfectly fine way to spend a rainy Sunday. Nicolas Cage plays a hangdog widower whose son (Chandler Canterbury) finds a coded set of numbers scrawled 50 years earlier in a dug-up time capsule. Since Cage also happens to be an MIT professor of astrophysics (riiiight), he quickly susses that the list is actually a prophecy of past and future disasters. And before you can say Nostradamus, he’s off to save the world from the apocalypse. It’s a ho-hum premise, but director Alex Proyas (1998’s overlooked Dark City) sprinkles in just enough Close Encounters sci-fi weirdness to keep things interesting, or at least, unpredictable. There’s a plane-crash scene that’s worth the price of a rental alone. EXTRAS include a fairly bland director’s commentary and a cool feature on doomsday cults and end-of-days conspiracies. B
Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Rose Byrne, Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Ben Mendelsohn; Director: Alex Proyas; Author: Stuart Hazeldine, Ryne Douglas Pearson, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White; Release Date Wide: 03/20/2009; Runtime (in minutes): 121; MPAA Rating: PG-13
Posted July 8 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
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