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Knowing – A Movie Review Of Sorts

Updated on April 7, 2009


Before I even begin I need to add a disclaimer, if you haven’t seen the movie, “Knowing” and think you might, don’t read this blog. If you loved the movie, “Knowing” you probably don’t want to read this blog. If in fact you wrote, were in, produced or had anything to do with “Knowing” read this blog immediately. Knowing – a movie review of sorts – Don’t Get Me Started!

Knowing is the latest big budget sci-fi pic starring Nicholas Cage. It’s in theaters now and was number one at the box office the weekend that it opened which now that I’ve seen it can only mean that nothing else opened the weekend that this movie opened.

I didn’t know anything about the movie but the start of it was promising, moody odd girl, time capsule at her school to be opened fifty years later. I was digging it. Great premise but as soon as it got to modern days there seemed to be more problems with the movie than just a piece of paper that had been in a time capsule for fifty years. What I discovered as the movie progressed is that I don’t think I’m a fan of Nicholas Cage, he’s very “acty” and I never really believe anything he does. I guess that’s why the films I remember liking him in are things like “Raising Arizona” or “Moonstruck” where his character is a bit over the top (like his acting). As far as this movie goes, he continues on with his overly made up appearance, fake hair and worrisome looks into the camera that ranged from A to B. And while some could blame the movie’s failings on Nicholas Cage, he’s not in this alone (which you can also tell by the credits at the end of the movie which list two assistants, a trainer and a chef all for only Mr. Cage).

What boggles my mind about these types of movies is how they get made in the first place. I think they had a really good premise but had no idea how to script it or create anything besides the first act of the film. So who “green lights” these things and do they go to them and say, “Hey, this movie is sucking?” or do they even read the script once they have a star and the money has been furnished to create it? Does the movie have some amazing special effects? Sure but not enough of them to make the movie. Not to mention which most people can create special effects on their Mac computers at this point with the way technology has progressed so you’re going to have to go a little further than digitally falling planes and trains.

When the double sided list of numbers from the girl from the fifties ends up in the hands of a boy currently at the school whose father (Cage) happens to be a professor at MIT, Cage sees more than randomness in the numbers. Although Cage’s character is basically an alcoholic who lost his wife a year before he seems to be in great shape (again thank the credited Trainer To Mr. Cage, I suppose) and even manages to almost outrun a would-be fugitive at one point. This is a minor plot point but I think just shows that there wasn’t a great deal of thought about too much in this movie when it comes to details large or small. When it becomes apparent that the numbers are tragedies from recent times somehow prophesized by the girl from the fifties Cage springs into action determined to be at the next event on the list and even try to stop it.

All of the above would be fine but then as quickly as the premise is given to you, the movie takes a turn that seems as though its writers and director were just looking for easy answers because they didn’t have any worthy of the original concept of the film.  You can almost see them sitting around a table saying to one another, “I don’t know, we just sold it to the studio so how are we going to make this all plausible?”

Writer number two, “Well, unless the girl is a modern day Nostradamus the only other way she could have known is if someone told her and we all know the only ones who would know about future stuff in movies are aliens.”

Writer number one: “Oooh, aliens, perfect. I mean, we know what they look like and they always know everything.”

Writer number three: “Okay people, what about these aliens? It gives us a great effect with a spaceship and everything but what else should we do with them?”

Writer one: “That’s the beauty of aliens, they don’t have to speak, you don’t have to explain what they do, they’re aliens for Chrissakes!”

Writer three: “Okay, so the aliens come and they want the boy right? What about the woman from the fifties? Can she have a granddaughter that they want too?”

Writer one: “Perfect, that just gave me the end of the movie. Everyone dies except the two kids who get saved by the aliens and become the next Adam and Eve.”

Writer three: “Perfect but let’s make sure that the costumer puts the two kids in linen when they go to start the new world, I remember that’s how they always looked on Star Trek and in every other movie when they go to start a new world, linen.”

Honestly between the aliens and the idea that everyone dies this seems to scream an idea which has no ending so they took the easy way out. Why am I the one who sees this and not the people creating it? I don’t credit myself with being all that smart and these people do it all the time for a living. Shouldn’t they have caught this one? Someone? Anyone? Even Mr. Cage? If he wasn’t so busy with his two assistants, chef, trainer, hairmaker/dresser and make up person perhaps he could have said something to the powers that be but he didn’t, no one did. So you spent $10.50 and walk out of yet another disappointing movie wondering if it would be so bad if everything just went straight to cable? (Let me answer that, yes it would be bad.)

Look, I love movies. I love going to the theatre and the big screen and even the greasy popcorn for six million dollars but I think it’s time we start getting a little bit more, especially when you consider how much it costs to make a movie and see one. What I know is that I’m going to be more careful about what I go to see and what I wait to see on cable. Knowing? Why didn’t anyone know that this movie didn’t have a second or third act? Knowing – a movie review of sorts – Don’t Get Me Started!

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      Dave 7 years ago

      lol @ pray and you'll understand?

      understand that god doesn't care but aliens do?

      this was such a big anti-god movie, it was funny.

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      ruth 8 years ago

      I was wondering if any of these writers read a book by the name of Early Writings

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      martha 8 years ago

      I agree with Annie, this show is GREAT!

      I remember dismissing the show as "load of craps" while still sitting in the chair...but as i was walking out of the cinema and discussing the show in greater details with my husband, we started to discover the deeper message the show carries, so brilliantly incorporated. The exact scene which i thought was so lame and unnecessary, (the last one with the garden of eden) turned out to be a deliberate effort to help us link the show to the its deeper and more important message.

      Now, I'm recommending the show to everyone! If you didn't understand it the first round, watch it again!

      (Hint: pray and you'll understand!)

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      somelikeitscott 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Paulie - it's like you're sitting third row center in my brain!!! I'm right with you.

      Annie - you're wrong. :)

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      Annie 8 years ago

      I competely disagree with you. This movie is different from anything I have ever seen, you just have to look for the deeper meaning. It was a movie that made you think. It was full of awesome special effects and the ending is great!!

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      Paulie 8 years ago

      Ugh, you are so right. There were so many ways this could have gone, but didn't. And though I spent more time thinking about how weird Cage is starting to look and how much I could see him "acting", I still had enough presence of mind to notice how crappy the movie was. But, get this, you actually *want* it to be better. By the time the world ended, all I felt was - ehhh. When he kneeled on all fours to show us how anguished (what a clinche) he was at the kids leaving on the space ship, I half expected him to yell "cut" and start having a hissy fit ala Christian Bale and begin screaming that the director, writers, producers, hairdressers, personal trainer, and crafts persons et al, were ruining his movie. Wasn't *anyone* watching the dalies? Didn't anyone have enough clout - producers?, director?, Nicholas Cage? to scream, this movie stinks let's start all over again? I wanted to be mystified and awed. I wanted the movie to stick with me when I left - it did alright, like a piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe. The only think I felt when the world was blasted into oblivion was how lucky everyone was that they were able to die so suddenly and not have to experience the slow agonizing death that audience watching this movie had to endure. Imagine my surprise when I realized only two hours has passed. If you like watching the aftermath of car wrecks, you'll love this movie.