Knowing

  • 15
  • Alex Proyas (2009)
  • Aus / US / UK
  • 116 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Disaster thriller starring Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne. When the opening of a time capsule at his son's school reveals a sheet of apparently random numbers, John Koestler soon realises the list is an encoded prediction of every global disaster of the past 50 years - plus three catastrophes that are yet to occur. Can he convince anyone else of the importance of his discovery before it's too late?

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Alex Proyas

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
E1 Films (Contender)
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Mar 2009
Certificate 15
Distributor:
E1 Entertainment UK
Categories
Drama