Knowing

Knowing

Alex Proyas (2009)

116min
15 Certificate
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Nicolas Cage stars in this thriller from director Alex Proyas (I, Robot) that serves up a heady mix of allegory and melodrama in a modern twist on the paranoia of vintage sci-fi movies. When his son gets a document from a time capsule buried at his school 50 years earlier, widowed scientist John Koestler (Cage) discovers the listed numbers predicted every major global disaster - with more prophesied to come. Aided by the daughter (Rose Byrne) of the list's author, Koestler sets about trying to warn of an impending catastrophe. But will anyone listen to him? Proyas's skill at maintaining Hitchcockian levels of suspense (helped by Marco Beltrami's Bernard Herrmann-inspired score) while keeping ridicule at bay is undeniable. Po-faced and absurdly portentous it may be, yet the propulsive narrative blends politically anxious ideas and new-age spirituality together with superb special effects in a gleefully eccentric catastrophe thriller.

Summary

Widowed astrophysicist John Koestler decodes a page of numbers revealing the dates of past and future global disasters. While racing to avert a succession of catastrophes, he realises the numbers point toward a final apocalypse. Mystery thriller, starring Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne and Chandler Canterbury.

Cast & Crew

John Koestler Nicolas Cage
Diana Wayland Rose Byrne
Caleb Koestler Chandler Canterbury
Abby Wayland / Lucinda Lara Robinson
Phil Beckman Ben Mendelsohn
Grace Nadia Townsend
Reverend Koestler Alan Hopgood
Miss Taylor (1959) Danielle Carter
Allison Adrienne Pickering
Cashier Terry Camilleri
Director Alex Proyas
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: E1 Films (Contender) Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 27 Mar 2009

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