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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Alex Proyas

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Ryne Douglas Pearson (screenplay), Juliet Snowden (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... John Koestler
Chandler Canterbury ... Caleb Koestler
Rose Byrne ... Diana
Lara Robinson ... Abby / Lucinda
D.G. Maloney ... The Stranger
Nadia Townsend ... Grace
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Reverend Koestler
Adrienne Pickering ... Allison
Joshua Long Joshua Long ... Younger Caleb
Danielle Carter ... Miss Taylor (1959)
Alethea McGrath ... Miss Taylor (2009)
David Lennie David Lennie ... Principal Clark (1959)
Tamara Donnellan Tamara Donnellan ... Lucinda's Mother
Travis Waite Travis Waite ... Lucinda's Father
Ben Mendelsohn ... Phil Beckman
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Storyline

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

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The school in the movie is William Dawes Elementary. William Dawes was one of the riders who, like Paul Revere, warned the minutemen that British troops were coming, just as a child at his namesake school was trying to warn people what was coming. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) The gas station has gas pumps unlike anything found in the USA, and a sign that says "Ice Cold Beer." In Massachusetts gas stations are not allowed to sell beer. See more »

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[first lines]
Miss Taylor: Everyone inside now!
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Connections

References Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) See more »

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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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Under-rated

Ok, so Nic Cage may not be the actor of the century but he does do poe faced well, lol. However this movie is highly under-rated. Chandler Canterbury is fantastic and the special Fx are some of the best ive ever seen. The storyline is also thought provoking and new. My only gripe is the ending, which wouldnt have been my choice.


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Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,604,751, 22 March 2009

Gross USA:

$79,957,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,658,498
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