KNOWING (2008)

Director: Alex Proyas

Writers: Ryne Douglas Pierson & Juliet Snowden
Based on the story by Ryne Douglas Pierson and Adaptation by Alex Proyas

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, D.G. Maloney...

Rating: Rated PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language.
Run time: 121 minutes

Genre: Action; Thriller; Mystery and Sci-Fi

Available on DVD

Reviewed by James K. Lewis

This entertaining yarn is a genre jumping, edge of your seat tale of a document unveiled in the opening of a grammar school’s 50-year time capsule. I am a fan of Nicolas Cage, so he has to truly offend before I trash him. He does the job here. He’s a convincing numbers crunching nerd, raising an attractive son who will be headed for a big five accounting firm in fifteen years.

We’re right there with Cage and his son in trying to decode the prophetic document, when eerie white haired men start appearing. Looking like grown, toe-headed Children of the Damned (1963), they retreat into a corn field, like goth brethren ghosts of baseball players in Field of Dreams (1989).

I believe one hundred years of Hollywood filmmaking and merchandising has uncovered a viewer comfort and appreciation of genre. Co-writer/director Alex Proyas felt the freedom to cross genre boundaries like Quentin Tarantino (From Dusk to Dawn) & M. Night Shyamalan (You pick). I believe this will hurt the box office of the actually OK movie. It also tosses into the air any predictions about the success of the film. Get the DVD.

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