Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Knowing. B

'Knowing,' despite its ham-handed narrative structure, is a fantastic piece of entertainment. It takes its time at the beginning, yet from the very first scene has the audience thinking. The story is an intriguing one: Nicolas Cage plays a professor whose son brings home sheet of paper from a time capsule at his school. The paper is filled with what looks like a random assortment of numbers. But then of course Cage gets his genius mind going and begins to notice that the numbers have a meaning: each set is predicting all the world disasters over the last fifty years. Not only does it tell the date, but also the number of people who died. Cage not only sees that the predictions are accurate, but that there are still some events that haven't taken place. 'Knowing' is directed by Alex Proyas, who made one of the greatest movies of all time, 'Dark City.' His visionary power coupled with his ability to tell a good story are back with 'Knowing.' The only problem is that the second half of the movie loses too much of its plausibility while attempting to maintain its earnest approach. And yet in the end I still really enjoyed the movie. It looked terrific and the story held up well enough for me to not dismiss it entirely. 'Knowing' has been derided by most critics except for Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, who said, and I quote, that 'Knowing' is "among the best science-fiction films I've seen—frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome." Now there's some real praise. While I don't agree with Ebert entirely, I can see where he's coming from. And I'd sooner side with him than I would most others when it comes to the film.

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