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Vail movie review: ‘Knowing’

Shauna Farnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Nicolas Cage plays a widowed astronomy professor who uncovers disturbing prophecies in "Knowing"

VAIL, Colorado “-When it comes to knowing the future, it’s true in many cases that knowledge isn’t always power and that ignorance is indeed bliss. Or, if ignorance isn’t quite bliss, it’s at least something less terrifying than the truth.

“Knowing” suggests that clairvoyance can lead to craziness and that there is way more to this universe than we know. In other words, not even the sharpest psychics can grasp the full scope of what everything is all about.

Nicolas Cage delivers a convincing performance in what is not a readily believable plot and the child actors in this film give us something to hope for in Hollywood … their roles refreshingly devoid of that cuteness factor kid actors often bring that can seriously weaken what would otherwise be perfectly good movies.

Directed by Alex Proyas (whose best known work is probably 1994’s “The Crow”), “Knowing” sees Cage playing a widowed astronomy professor whose young son, Caleb, misses his mother more than he acknowledges his father’s existence. During the 50th anniversary celebration at Caleb’s elementary school, students collect letters and cards left in a time capsule by former students. While other students’ cards have colorful drawings and simple, child-like notes, Caleb’s card is packed tightly with sequences of numbers.

After Caleb goes to bed, his father – during his nightly routine of trying to cope with the loss of his wife through binge drinking – deciphers some of the sequences. He discovers that the numbers represent the date of every major global disaster – including a death toll for each – over the 50 years the time capsule had been underground.

He sets out to find the family of the girl who wrote the numbers and to learn more about her prophetic powers. Things get fast and furious as the truth and accuracy of the number sequences unfold.

Suspenseful and dark throughout, “Knowing” may be a bit over-the-top when certain elements come into play, such as the creepy guys who hang out in the woods and spy on the children and the general premise that anyone could become so possessed by an unearthly force that they see all of the world’s ugliest acts of violence and catastrophes before they happen. But you have to admit it’s an intriguing idea.

“Knowing” takes an abrupt and somewhat unexpected turn into the realm of science fiction, but finishes off with a sort of comforting resolution that with all the sadness, death and trouble we know in our lives, the bigger picture and more significant part of the universe lies completely above and beyond anything we could ever know.

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