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Director:Alex Proyas
Cast:Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, Lara Robinson, Nadia Townsend
Release Date:2009

By Robert Ignizio | Posted 4/1/2009

In this sci-fi thriller, a time capsule is unearthed containing a sheet of paper predicting every major disaster of the past 50 years. Three dates and locations remain, including one that portends the very end of the world. Can John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) find a way to avert destruction? Cage is in full over-the-top mode here, at times literally tearing apart the scenery in his efforts to sell the simplest of scenes. But then, he's only following the lead of director Alex Proyas, who is more interested in CGI destruction than exploring human nature in the face of armageddon. Knowing has nothing of substance to say, despite its weighty subject. Even its vision of the apocalypse feels calculated to be as inoffensive as possible, as it awkwardly blends elements of the Christian rapture, new-age "space brothers" mythology, and dubious science. And lest anyone say they just want to be entertained, there's precious little in the way of fun here, either.

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