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
This is one of my very favorite movies. The sound design and video are reference quality. Couple this with an embracing and intelligent script and you have a winner. Of particular note is the sound design. I have a rather expensive speaker system and this movie is always one to show off my speaker system. The dialog is always clear and crisp. The scenes that will test any system is a plane crash, subway crash, and the ending. My only caution would be to be very attentive to the sound level on these scenes - they are that powerful. My two SVS subs. handled these scenes with great authority. Sit back and enjoy.
I would also suggest determining what audio setting you like, be it Dolby Atmos or DTS-HD MA. I am not a fan of Dolby Atmos so my default audio choice is always DTS or DTS-X whenever possible.
Lastly, I absolutely agree with Roger Ebert's review of this movie, "A superbly crafted thriller."
There are now 2 versions of this movie and the 4K offers Atmos and DTS, allowing one to really hear the difference between the two.
First off, I'm not going to say that I think "Knowing" is one of the greatest films ever made, nor do I think it's a perfect film by any means as it does have a few problems, but overall, I've always really enjoyed this one. I love the cinematography, the atmosphere, the tone, the premise, the score and especially the tense moments scattered throughout this film. Sometimes, it pays not to listen to what others say and instead watch a film and come to your own conclusions. For me, I always got a fair amount out of this film compared to a lot of others. It's not a masterpiece by any means, but it's one that I always enjoy. I would give it an 8/10 overall.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
Good movie. Interesting premise. Looks great in 4K. Great special effects.