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Knowing [Blu-ray] [2009]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (37 out of 40)

    Special Features

    • Audio commentary with director Alex Proyas
    • Knowing all: the making of a futuristic thriller
    • Visions of the apocalypse


    A time capsule containing a cryptic message about the coming apocalypse sends a concerned father on a race to prevent the horrific events from unfolding as predicted in this sci-fi thriller directed by Alex Proyas (Dark City) and starring Nicolas Cage. 1958: As the dedication ceremony for a newly constructed elementary school gets under way, a time capsule containing student drawings of the future is buried on the grounds and scheduled to be unearthed on the school's 50th anniversary. Instead of submitting a drawing, however, one little girl scribbles a series of seemingly random numbers on her paper before it is buried. Fifty years later, the time capsule is unearthed for a new generation of students to examine. Young Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury) is one of those students. The mysterious sequence of numbers falling into his possession, Caleb takes the paper to his father, Professor John Koestler (Cage), for examination. Studying the numbers, Professor Koestler soon discovers that they aren't random at all, but an encoded message containing the precise dates, death tolls, and coordinates of every major disaster since the time capsule was buried. Not only that, but the document also indicates that there will be three more such events, the last of which indicates a doomsday scenario that appears directly tied to Professor Koestler and Caleb. His desperate plea to authorities falling on deaf ears, Professor Koestler realizes that his only hope for preventing more lives from being lost is to take personal action. Though the author of the prophecies is no longer living, Professor Koestler is eventually able to track down her daughter Diana Wayland (Rose Byrne), and granddaughter Abby, who reluctantly agree to aid in the investigation. As the final date on the list draws near, Professor Koestler enters into a frantic race against time to prevent destruction on a global scale, in the process realizing that in order to save millions of lives, he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Nicolas Cage
      Nicolas Cage - John Koestler
    • Rose Byrne
      Rose Byrne - Diana
    • Chandler Canterbury
      Chandler Canterbury - Caleb Koestler
    • Ben Mendelsohn
      Ben Mendelsohn - Phil Beckman
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      Lara Robinson - Abby/Lucinda

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 40 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent psychological sci-fi thriller!!!


      This is an amazing film, my wife and I were blown away! I have to admit, this movie exceeded all of our expectations. It's kind of a mix between The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012. The thing I love about apocalyptic films is that they're an eye-opening look at what COULD very well happen! A devastating end of the world event could be right around the corner, (Google 2012). The best part is the ending, (that I don't want to spoil), but it gives us a theoretical glimpse at how our civilization was started. This theory is based on actual facts, (Google Ancient Astronauts). This is a very good movie, brilliantly directed by Alex Proyas (I, Robot, The Crow, and Dark City). Nicholas Cage is at his best. I highly recommend this film!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Thought Provoking


      This movie contained a wonderful blend of science, religion, horror and suspense. From the disturbed child scratching numbers into a basement door with bloody fingernails to the birth of a new "Adam and Eve" viewers are kept on the edge of their seat as they follow Nicholas Cage from one catastrophic accident to another. Although the begining converstion that Cage has with his son gives away the alien involvement, their intentions are not clear until colse to the end of the movie. Also, the vision of the forest burining, the discussion of sun flares interfearing with electronics, and the fact that his friend works in a space lab identifies the nature of the cataclysm early on to the observant viewer. Regardless, this movie is thought provoking, suspenseful, and highly entertaining.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sci-fi thriller

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      Nicolas Cage delivers in this modern day sci-fi thriller!! There is always controversy between science and religion and this movie captures both. Although it leans more towards science, the plot is interesting and can certainly capture someones attention who isnt into science fiction. I saw this when it came out in theatres in 2009 and again on netflix about a year ago (2017) however they no longer had it on their list so i got the blu-ray to watch whenever i want!! Awesome movie!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      This movie has a full action pack of many things. This movie is about this little girl and she would just write numbers and 50 years later this man finds it and has to solve what are these coding s mean? well the numbers stands for the day that people die and this girl is a freak show and know how many people are going to die and they must save the world and try to change it so that the people wouldn't die as fast as this girl planed so if you wish to purchase this movie you will regret because this is a action sad pack movie so i would buy it because just love them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars



      Look, in today's economy I am trying to do my part and help anyone save $$ by avoiding this film. The 1st 1/2 hr is promising, but it WILL let you down! If you wanna see Nick Cage run around with the same, stupid look on his face for an hr and 21 mins, then be my guest. Cage will wear you out in about a 1/2 hr, and you'll wanna eject this disc and hurl it across your lawn before the awful ending! Very slow moving, tiring scenery ends the last 1/2 hr, challenging your patience and questioning your ability to select a decent flick. You'll regret it!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Better then expected


      The graphics, acting, and storyline are all good. Overall I was schocked because I thought this movie would bomb. After watching the movie, overall, It was a good movie. This movie has a little bit of spook, drama, and action. I would surely reccomend this movie. The only downfall, in my opinion, was the ending. I feel like the ending left allot of unanswered questions, but you can fill in the blank with whatever you believe.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie


      Great Sci-Fi movies with a nice twist at the end. I really don't understan why with the money the producers pour into one of these movies, they cannot insure that an accurate portrayal of advanced life saving techniques be made by a professional consultant. Other than that, I thought it was a really good movie and Nicholas Cage was fantastic as usual. I would recommend this film to anyone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A better movie than expected

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      Well, you kind of know what you are going to get with a Nicolas Cage movie. If you like his acting style, this movie will not disappoint. It's one of his better movies (some of his most recent movies seem to miss theaters entirely). Basically, check reality at the door, turn off your mind for a couple of hours and just enjoy the spectacle that is this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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