Knowing

Theatrical Release: March 20, 2009
DVD Release: July 7, 2009
Knowing
Not Recommended for Families

Synopsis

Academy Award® Winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Leaving Las Vegas) stars in “Knowing”, a gripping action-thriller of global proportions about a professor who stumbles on terrifying predictions about the future—and sets out to prevent them from coming true. His increasingly desperate efforts take him on a heart-pounding race against time until he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster—and the ultimate sacrifice.

Dove Review

Nicolas Cage plays science teacher John Koestler in this action-thriller which is just as much a mystery tale. A certain young girl at William Dawes Elementary named Lucinda Embry had written down several codes on a piece of paper which was included with other students’ drawings in a time capsule in 1959. Now it is fifty years later and the surviving teacher of this particular class and school, Miss Taylor, is present as the capsule is opened. Koestler’s son Caleb (Chandler Canterbury) receives Lucinda’s paper and sometime later Koestler detects a code. It is a deadly code which has predicted catastrophes for the last fifty years which have all come true. When Koestler sees that a few remain, he decides to do what he can to prevent them from happening. When the first couple of predictions occur, he becomes greatly worried because the last prophecy deals with the end of the world. And Lucinda Embry has passed on and cannot help them although her daughter survives. Some mysterious strangers lurk nearby and in the woods. Do they hold the solution?

This film kept my attention the entire time and it was nice to see a film which was not peppered throughout with language or sex. I was disappointed with the ending because it can be interpreted a few different ways and was a bit of a downer. Without giving the ending away, one question is whether extraterrestrials were involved or angels. Regarding positive themes, the film includes a reconciliation between a father and son, another father’s tender love toward his son, and the theme of going on after a loved one has died.

Content Description

Sex: A few innuendos such as a joke about a woman who is a "Ph...Double D".
Language: G/OMG-6; S-5; D-3; H-1; A-1; SOB-1
Violence: A plane crash and a few people are briefly seen on fire; a truck crash in which a character is killed; a girl scratches at a door until her fingers are bloody; a few people are run over by a subway; a man holds a gun on another man he believes intends to hurt his son; people loot a city when a natural disaster strikes.
Drugs: Drinking wine; a certain character who is depressed drinks a lot.
Nudity: None
Other: The topic of death; a boy looks at video at bedtime of his now-deceased mother tucking him in; a pastor and his son are estranged; a man who is down asks his sister not to pray for him when she offers; the gift of prophecy is discussed.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: Summit Entertainment
Writer: Ryne Douglas Pearson and Juliet Snowden
Director: Alex Proyas
Producer: Todd Black
Genre: Mystery
Runtime: 122 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Nicolas Cage,
Chandler Canterbury,
Rose Byrne