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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Koestler
... Caleb Koestler
... Diana
... Abby / Lucinda
... The Stranger
... Grace
Alan Hopgood ... Reverend Koestler
... Allison
Joshua Long ... Younger Caleb
... Miss Taylor (1959)
Alethea McGrath ... Miss Taylor (2009)
David Lennie ... Principal Clark (1959)
... Lucinda's Mother
Travis Waite ... Lucinda's Father
... Phil Beckman
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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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Rated PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,604,751, 22 March 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,957,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,593,586
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(at around 5 mins) The text of the time capsule plaque reads, "We, the inaugural grade class of William Dawes Elementary School, in the year of 1959 A.D., hereby commit our visions of the future as a token of hope and friendship toward our successors, the class of 2009 A.D." See more »

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The exit number off Route 2 eastbound at the intersection with I95 in the plane crash scene is incorrect. Also, it is very unlikely that anyone traveling between two points in Lexington would be on Route 2 west of the I95 interchange. See more »

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Miss Taylor: Everyone inside now!
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References Planet Earth (2006) See more »

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The Planets: Op. 43: IV Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity
Written by Gustav Holst
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Better, and different than expected
25 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

First off, Nicolas Cage was pretty good as a science teacher who's initial skepticism over a batch of numbers (scribbled on a piece of paper found in a school's time capsule from the 1950s) is tested and eventually worn away by a quest to find out what they mean. Cage runs hot and cold when it comes to the characters he plays; he's awesome in films like "Raising Arizona", "Con Air", or "National Treasure", while not so believable in stuff like "The Family Man". He's maturing as an actor and getting better, it seems, with every role. Another standout is Rose Byrne, as the daughter of the odd little girl who wrote out the bizarre number sequences that Cage's character is analyzing. Byrne's always good at playing pensive women with something mysterious in their back stories. Yet as good as the actors were, the special effects and the twists in the storyline are what make this movie really entertaining. The writers didn't take the easy, obvious route with the story which was refreshing. The plot continues to surprise throughout taking some very different turns with the outcome of the story which made it even more unpredictable and better for it. I like movies that keep me guessing and this is one of those. See it if you like the unexpected.


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