ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

"Knowing" Movie Review Summary: Story of a Father In Pain That Doesn't Believe That A God Exists

Updated on February 12, 2012

Movie Trailer

4 1/2 Stars

I enjoyed this one a lot, and I must say that Nicolas Cage is on my top 10 actors list. The movie opens in 1959, Lexington, Massachusetts. I am native to Massachusetts, so I found this to be "familiar".

Lucinda Embry is an elementary student and is quite strange at first appearance. All of the students in her class are asked to come up with a great idea to officially recognize, or "kick-off", the first year of this new school. Her idea, a time capsule, was the winner of the contest. All the students are asked to draw a picture of the future; what it will be like 50 years from now.

When the time is up, the teacher collects all the papers, and when she does, she gently scolds Lucinda because her "drawing" is a seemingly useless set of numbers; a code of sorts. Lucinda is reported missing and after an intensive search, she is found in a closet under the gym.

Buy "Knowing" Now!

"Knowing"

Do You Want To See This Movie?

See results

Then the movie jumps to the future, present day. The opening scene (in the present day) is John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) talking with his son, Caleb (Chandler Canterbury) about the death of his mother. Caleb asks if heaven exist and as John is a scientist, he tells Caleb to believe whatever he wants. It's obvious that John, a Professor at MIT, leans toward the Atheist side of the eternal argument.

As a professor, John raises the question of Order, Purpose, and Determination vs. Random Coincidence, Chemical Accidents, and Biological Mutations which would suggest no purpose or no Grand Meaning to life. At one point, one of his students asks him, "What do you believe, professor?" His response: "I think shit just happens."

Caleb happens to be in the class that is commissioned to open the 50 year old time capsule. It couldn't have played out any other way; Caleb is given Lucinda's envelope. Although he is supposed to leave it in school, Caleb brings the letter home and his dad takes notice. I should mention that Caleb is partially deaf, and his hearing aid begins to act up after he opens the envelope.

There's a sad scene when Caleb is watching a video of his mother singing him to sleep. The camera angle is significant because it captures the past as John is videotaping from the threshold of the door. He actually re-lives that moment when he enters the room from the same angle, watching his son listen to his mother's voice.

John finds the paper with the numbers on it and decides to "play" with the numbers. He copies them to a grease board and then enters them into his computer. What he notices is that the numbers outline a bunch of disasters over the last 50 years and the number of victims that were involved in each accident. Of course, when he brings this to the attention of a respected colleague, he shrugs it off as a coincidence.

Now according to my "enlightened" view as a critic, I see relevance and similarity of that of the works: "The Matrix", "Da Vinci Code", and possibly, an Algorithm . Any relation to "String Theory"?

John visits the old teacher and asks her about Lucinda. There he finds that Lucinda has been dead for some time, but she left behind an adult daughter, whom also has a child. Caleb begins to hear voices and at first, he thinks it is his hearing aid. He is given a black rock by one of the "Men In Black", who show up more often in the movie.

John is distant from his family. The dividing valuable is that his father is a religious man, a Pastor, and since John is a scientist, he leans toward the Atheist point of view of our existence. John's sister, who is Christian, appears often but he is very distant from her, too. John is a borderline alcoholic, which I am sure was onset from his wife's untimely death. John is often late or totally misses school appointments for Caleb.

Nicolas Cage Movies

As he studies the code, John realizes that the circled numbers are predictions of the dates of mass catastrophes and the number of victims of each catastrophe. There are a lot of numbers next to these predictions and he later realizes that they are the coordinates of each prophesied event. The validity of the codes proves true when John tells his friend that tomorrow, 81 people will die. Sure enough, a plane crashes while John is stopped at a construction detour on the highway. There are 81 people recorded dead. No more coincidence!

John tells his son, "No more questions, Caleb!" Caleb replies, "I can ask questions when you tell me things to do that do not make sense...I'm not a kid anymore!" John begins to think that all the codes are related and meant for him to find: "These numbers are warnings meant for me." When he re-approaches his colleague, his friend tells him that: "Right now, my scientific mind is telling me to have nothing to do with this...and yours should too."

Caleb gets another "dark" visitor during the night, and several other visits after that. He hears whispering and the man points to him, Caleb follows him. He receives a vision of great fire, even a moose is susceptible to the death to come.

As part of John's research, he finds that Lucinda was married to a man with the last name of Wayland. He all but "stalks" Dianna, Lucinda's daughter, as he has Caleb approach her daughter in the museum. At first, Dianna thinks John is crazy but he is able to convince her of the validity of his claims.

At one point, John figures out the upcoming disaster and anonymously calls the FBI to report that: "People will die!" John, finally convinced that there is more than just "now", begins to question his faith.

In regard to the date at the end of the unfinished code, Dianna remarks: "My mother used to talk about that date...she said that that was the date I was gonna die." We then see how John's wife died; she was on a business trip to Phoenix, "a few days before my birthday...there was a fire that started in her hotel."

The investigators assured him that she died from smoke inhalation during her sleep; that she didn't even know. One thing that bothers John is that he mentions that when someone you love dies, you can feel it. John was raking up leaves in the yard at the exact time of her death; he didn't feel anything, and he felt that if he did, or if he had the code, he could have saved her.

Dianna sheds light on her mother's death: "I was 9 when she overdosed. The only time I ever came out here (to her mother's mobile home in the woods) was with my father, when he identified her body."

There's more sitings of the "Men In Black" as well as more black rocks being found. More voices, hearing aid problems, and the fact that Dianna's mother moved to the mobile home to "Get ready". Inside the mobile home there are news clippings of the disasters all over the walls, as well as a "Holy Bible". John begins to realize that Lucinda may have been a prophet and he and his son are related to the outcome of the coming events. Upon further examination, John finds writing under Lucinda's bed; "Everyone Else", over and over again, as he flips the bed into an upright, upside down position.

Caleb has more interaction with the dark men and notes that "They were here...talking to us, all talking at once." Caleb and (Dianna's daughter) call these visitors the "Whisper People". There are several drawings found throughout the movie of the sun with God sitting above it. John begins to realize that this is not just a warning for him, but for the entire human race. He goes to his dad's house to reveal: "I have a Prophecy." Caleb begins to write numbers, much in the way of Lucinda, as if he was possessed.

John checks the inscription on the closet door that Lucinda wrote, and after scrapping off layers of paint, he gets the end of the code; coordinates that lead to Lucinda's mobile home. Unexpectedly, Dianna dies in a car accident while trying to flee to a cave for safety against the "end times." Not ironically, she is found dead with a black rock in her hand. By this time, the two little kids are "kidnapped" by the "Men in Black", it was because of this that Dianna was hit by a truck spreading to find the abducted children.

John shows up at the site of Lucinda's mobile home, and this time, the ground is littered with black rocks. The "Men In Black" are revealed to be protecting Caleb and ultimately, mankind. Awesome graphics create some kind of "Space Orb", and upon seeing the light and power, John drops to his knees; completely humble. John then realizes that all these prophecies are leading to the end of Earth's existence.

The "Men In Black" appear to be the four Angels from a bible prophecy (comment anyone?) and as John lets Caleb and the girl go with them, they change into translucent figures and enter the Orb with the two children. John goes home to his estranged father and family, to die with them, making amends with both his family and God.

The Earth is destroyed by a Super Sun Flare, and everything is annihilated. I can only assume that the reason for saving only the two, innocent, young children is for God to start over with a "New Adam and Eve."

Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you Johnk921 I appreciate your comment and I am pleased that you enjoyed this article.

      JSMatthew~

    • profile image

      Johnd162 

      2 years ago

      Hi, Neat post. There's a problem with your site in internet explorer, would test this IE still is the market leader and a good portion of people will miss your excellent writing because of this problem. bbedcgbadeck

    • profile image

      Johnk921 

      2 years ago

      Very neat article post.Much thanks again. Much obliged. eecedgcagebg

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Vinaya! What a coincidence that just the other day we were talking about how you don't get to see many of our movies in Nepal! I am glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment!

      JSMatthew~

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Interestingly I watched this movie just a week ago. I enjoyed the fantasy.

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Jo! It is out on DVD and Blu-ray. You may be able to find it on Amazon, eBay, or even on Netflix. I believe there is a link above. I always appreciate your comments! Thanks again for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image

      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      6 years ago

      A great movie review. Is it out on DVD yet? Some movies we wait to go on DVD. We are home bodies and we can pause the movie when we need our refreshments. Liked it a lot! I voted up! :) useful, interesting

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Aka Professor M! I appreciate your comment. It is true that no one knows when the time nor hour when the Son shall appear. I appreciate all the button pushing and for voting up!

      JSMatthew~

    • profile image

      Aka Professor M 

      6 years ago

      @JSMatthews: I give you top marks for this review my friend. It is a rather dark and ominous conceptualization as are most of this genre, JS. While the Biblical aspect are alluded to the essence is cold, almost apathetic in its depiction of the relationship between God as Supreme Creator and the all too human need to destroy first in order to rebuild bigger and better.

      Then it is a Hollywood depiction and as is stated "You will not know the time nor the hour when the Son of Man will return in Glory!"

      Well done, JSMatthews. Well Done!

      Voted up and pushed the buttons that I felt applied Here! regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you all for the comments! I am in the process of auditing and fixing my Hubs so I apologize for not responding, as I was not very active when this was published!

      JSMatthew~

    • profile image

      computer for us 

      8 years ago

      I watched this last week. Thought it was good. The plane crash was a little freaky.

    • johnnyfr profile image

      johnnyfr 

      8 years ago from Ormskirk, Lancashire

      I saw this recently - the plane crash was pretty good in my opinion!

    • profile image

      audrey 

      8 years ago

      i think the plane crash was cool

      and it isn't freaking its an adventure for some like me

    • profile image

      audrey 

      8 years ago

      i think the plane crash was cool

      and it isn't freaking its an adventure for some like me

    • profile image

      grand-incentives 

      9 years ago

      I watched this last week. Thought it was good. The plane crash was a little freaky.

    • profile image

      Patricia 

      9 years ago

      I don't think I could watch that movie. It is too freaky!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)