To foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity of a ruthless terrorist. But the plan backfires when the same criminal impersonates the cop with the same method.
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
It took Alex Proyas three months to shoot the film, about half the time it took to shoot I, Robot (2004). He credits the use of digital technology for being able to shoot so quickly and efficiently. See more »
(at around 27 mins) John shows Phil a printout of an article reporting the 10/27/2008 hotel fire in which his wife was killed. The first page lists the current top searches as "Finance Overhaul Autism Robert Mugabe Tibet Ukraine Pope Benedict XVI Climate Conference Baghdad Stonehenge Baseball Season," indicating that the page was made from a real news page published in April 2008, when this scene was filmed. The print date in the corner of both pages is 8/04/08 10:15 AM, indicating that the prop page was reprinted much later to re-shoot the closeup. See more »
It may seem improbable, but Knowing actually adds something fresh and inspiring to the disaster genre.
Certainly the action scenes are well staged they are as grand and tense as the previews would have you expect. But Knowing really stands out from the likes of Next and various Roland Emmerich movies because of its heart (there is a profoundly human element amongst the chaos and destruction), and because of the surprising, riveting turns the story takes. In no way was it a generic "save the world" flick, like I feared going in. It is an original with a memorable ending that should not be spoiled, but it will almost definitely have people talking.
In my mind, director Alex Proyas deserves a lot of the credit for the fact that the film is brave, and does not try to replicate a typical Hollywood blueprint. In fact, he even has Nic Cage back on solid footing, an actor I used to love but have been quite weary of lately. But I think Proyas deserves the main kudos for turning this into something creative and special, and I'd go as far as to say this it is his best movie since Dark City.
There really isn't much to complain about regarding the film, but the one exception might be the middle, where the action sags a bit. Still, I think the captivating final third more than makes up for it.
I definitely recommend the film - you will be pleasantly surprised!
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