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  • Summary: In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. But one mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, a new generation ofIn 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. But one mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, a new generation of students examines the capsule's contents and the girl's cryptic message ends up in the hands of young Caleb Koestler. But it is Caleb's father, professor John Koestler, who makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts with pinpoint accuracy the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. As Ted further unravels the document's chilling secrets, he realizes the document foretells three additional events—the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale and seems to somehow involve Ted and his son. When Ted's attempts to alert the authorities fall on deaf ears, he takes it upon himself to try to prevent more destruction from taking place. (Summit Entertainment) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 27
  2. Negative: 11 out of 27
  1. 100
    Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.
  2. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    67
    It's just engaging enough to make you accept the possibility that two kids from the Boston suburbs may just be mankind’s only hope for the future, and just exciting enough to make you forget that you're watching a Nicolas Cage movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Kamal AL-Solaylee
    50
    A catalogue of made-in-America delusions, hallucinations and cosmic catastrophes that draws on environmental fear-mongering in one reel and evangelical lore the next.
  4. 50
    Science fiction fans will feel gypped, disaster movie fans will appreciate about 10 minutes of screen time and be bored by the rest, and no one else will care.
  5. 38
    UH-UH. Non. Nein. Negative. Sept. 11 is not to be used as the setup for a cheesy disaster prophecy flick.
  6. Reviewers sometimes insult actors by saying they don't vary their expressions across an entire movie. But until Knowing, I never thought that could literally be true. Nicolas Cage does widen his eyes with about 15 minutes left in the film.
  7. Isn't prophetic ... just pathetic

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 190
  1. Jul 19, 2011
    10
    I thought this movie was amazing, the best I've seen in a while. The plotline was cool and the special effects were amazing. Nicolas cage andI thought this movie was amazing, the best I've seen in a while. The plotline was cool and the special effects were amazing. Nicolas cage and Rose Byrne were awesome in it. I can't believe how some people didn't like this movie. Expand
  2. MichelleH
    Mar 23, 2009
    10
    I have never seen a better movie in my entire life. GO SEE THIS MOVIE. I have told everyone i know about how scary it is and i just loved I have never seen a better movie in my entire life. GO SEE THIS MOVIE. I have told everyone i know about how scary it is and i just loved everything about it. Expand
  3. SW
    Apr 11, 2009
    9
    This is a good film. The story is tight too despite what some are saying. There are no major flaws. Seriously. The film goes out of its way This is a good film. The story is tight too despite what some are saying. There are no major flaws. Seriously. The film goes out of its way to foreshadow and explain crucial details. Cage's performance is okay. How did Koestler know to look at the door and so quickly find the right one . . . There is some setup but it could have been dealt with better. But by then the plot was moving along quickly. An extended search would have killed the momentum. Also they didn't need Caleb to write down numbers. That was superfluous. I think that when there is more than one writer they either catch each others' flaws or branch off incoherently. The former applies here more than the latter. Implausibility does not have so much bite in this realm of film as does incoherence. The plot of Knowing is coherent. The children make the decisions and have special knowledge. The adults mostly don't know what to do. The rest we leave to suspension of disbelief. I think that the religious aspect helps more than hurts the film. It isn't exactly a marriage of science and religion so much as a mixture. The critics are reviewing according to the wrong genre. Parts can't be explained by either alone, unless you allow for science fiction and supernatural fantasy. In is the play on these two that is so intriguing. Expand
  4. Oct 3, 2010
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Knowing's writer needs to have an IQ check. While the film was enjoyable, the logic was just horrible. if your going to make aliens come to preserve the human race, then they either shouldn't predict the future, except maybe the solar flare, or they just shouldn't be aliens. The aliens were a little bit unexpected after you see the pictures of God and the sun or the priest dad. Otherwise, great film. Expand
  5. Johnny2cents
    Jul 12, 2009
    5
    I'm on the fence on this one. Only because I love Alex Proyas. Two of his past movies have been landmarks in thier genres but I 'm I'm on the fence on this one. Only because I love Alex Proyas. Two of his past movies have been landmarks in thier genres but I 'm not sure of 2 things here. One, why why why use Nick Cage? His hair and teeth are a constant distraction. Two, shouldn't M. Night Shyamalan sue for infringement? Like many movies they start of with great hope and then fizzle into the hamster wheel trying to catch up with its self. Grant it the special effects, plane crash in particulair, were pretty cool but Lord the ending was a mish mash of everything you can possibly think of. Speaking of thinking, me is thinking that Alex wasn't thinking but at least it was still better than anything M. Night has done since The Sixth Sense. Expand
  6. tarekm
    Mar 22, 2009
    4
    Complete waste of time watching this, terrible plot.
  7. Feb 18, 2012
    0
    Why such a graphic, horiffic air plane crash? And at Logan Int'l Airport, 100 miles from where I live, no less. I've flown more than a fewWhy such a graphic, horiffic air plane crash? And at Logan Int'l Airport, 100 miles from where I live, no less. I've flown more than a few times-I know flying is safe-but I'm flying in less than 4 months..I can't get the scene, the jet chrashing, multiple explosions, burning, screaming people, out of my head. Millions of people fly..Why include such a graphic scene to such a large demographic? Poor taste.To those of you who fly, please avoid this movie. Rated XXX for graphic, horiffic violence. Expand

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