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Knowing (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  20 March 2009 (USA)
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M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.



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In the fall of 1959, for a time capsule, students draw pictures of life as they imagine it will be in 50 years. Lucinda, an odd child who hears voices, swiftly writes a long string of numbers. In 2009, the capsule is opened; student Caleb Koestler gets Lucinda's "drawing" and his father John, an astrophysicist and grieving widower, takes a look. He discovers dates of disasters over the past 50 years with the number who died. Three dates remain, all coming soon. He investigates, learns of Lucinda, and looks for her family. He fears for his son, who's started to hear voices and who is visited by a silent stranger who shows him a vision of fire and destruction. What's going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Know1ng  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,604,751 (USA) (20 March 2009)


$79,948,113 (USA) (3 July 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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WILHELM SCREAM: heard during the subway crash. See more »


(at around 1 min) At the beginning of the film, when the teacher is calling the children in from recess, several children are walking up the steps to the school and walk past the teacher. The teacher then calls for Lucinda (who is standing off by her own), and there's a cut to a medium shot of Lucinda facing away from the camera, and 3 of the children who had walked past the teacher a few seconds ago are now again walking away from Lucinda and toward the camera (a kid in a blue sweater, a chubby kid in a short sleeve striped shirt, and a blonde girl wearing a white dress with an orange sweater). See more »


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Miss Taylor: Everyone inside now!
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Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A Major, Op 92 (1811-12) 2nd Movement: Allegretto
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Sydney Scoring Orchestra
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There's nothing like Knowing!
15 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, yes I did see this movie, and no I'm not much of a talker when it comes to discussing and reviewing movies. Therefore, I will keep it short and simple.

Nicholas Cage's movies have lately been a lot of action flicks that may or may not seem like movies we've all seen before. This one, however, brings a new fresh feeling to this genre.

I think we've all seen the whole "I see it coming" type of movie where the main character has to prevent something from happening. This is one of those, and yet it isn't. It doesn't bore you, it doesn't make you feel like you've seen it before, and yet you have a comfortability with it that intrigues you throughout.

I found myself quite entertained and the movie didn't lose my attention or have me checking my watch. Good direction and acting. Nicholas Cage does a good job.

I believe anyone who sees this movie will enjoy it for what it is. Go see it, it's a fun flick!

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