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Director: Alex Proyas, Summit Entertainment, Rated M, 121 Minutes
Australian filmmaker Alex Proyas (director of the box office hit, I, Robot) brings to the screen his latest sci-fi thriller Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage (National Treasure).
Many may be unaware that this film was shot in Australia, and stars two Australian actors - Rose Byrne (Sunshine) and Ben Mendelsohn.
The story begins in 1959 in a classroom where students have been asked to draw a picture of the future, which will be stored in a time capsule for the school’s dedication ceremony.
One student, a mysterious girl named Lucinda (Lara Robinson), fills her sheet of paper with rows of random numbers.
Fast forward 50 years to the present and a new generation of students are at a ceremony to open the time capsule.
Lucinda’s cryptic message ends up in the hands of young Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury) who shows it to his father, John Koestler, the school’s astrophysicist (Nicolas Cage).
Koestler makes the startling discovery that the seemingly random numbers are actually an encoded message which accurately predicts the details of every major disaster over the past 50 years.
The numbers also foretell three additional events – the last being global destruction involving Koestler and his son.
With Koestler’s attempts to alert the authorities falling on deaf ears, he takes it upon himself to try to prevent these disasters.
This gripping supernatural thriller charts Koestler’s attempts to find the truth by embarking on a thrilling search for the mysterious girl’s offspring.
He finds the now-deceased Lucinda's daughter and granddaughter, Diana (Rose Byrne) and Abby (Lara Robinson) - and a great deal more!
Koestler’s desperate efforts take him on a heart-pounding race against time where he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster - and the ultimate sacrifice.
Proyas’ film is thought-provoking and designed to generate a variety of emotions from the viewing audience.
At the same time, this two hour production manages to hold everyone’s attention due to some great action sequences and amazing computer generated special effects.
Nicolas Cage is perfectly suited in his role as the scientist tracking down the meaning of the numbers, but as the tagline for the movie states - ‘what happens when the numbers run out?’
He is ably supported by Rose Byrne and Chandler Canterbury with Ben Mendelsohn playing only a minor role as a scientist who disbelieves the predictions.
It is fair to say that this is not your usual apocalyptic movie with Proyas providing an intelligent script and an intriguing plot that lead to an out-of-the-world ending.
VIC'S VERDICT: 3 ½ Rubber Stamps