Knowing (2009 film)

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Knowing (2009), AKA The Knowing, Know1ng, Predictions


"Knowing is Everything..." M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.


  • Release Date: 2009
  • Country/Language: US/UK/Australia, English
  • Genres/Technical: Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • Setting: Modern USA
  • Runtime: 2 hr 1 min
  • Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne
  • Director: Alex Proyas
  • Writer: Ryne Douglas Pearson and Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (screenplay), Ryne Douglas Pearson (story)
  • Producer/Production Co: Summit Entertainment, Escape Artists, Mystery Clock Cinema
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes Page: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG-13 (mild Violence, mild Profanity and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

This film does not seem to be overtly Lovecraftian in any particular way; the "Lovecraftian" connotations that some viewers seem to find in it seem to come from the bizarre suspension of the normal rules of reality associated with unearthing a time capsule full of information about the past, present, and future which should not be there, along with some unsettling alien interaction with humanity, and a bleak ending.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link) - "The disappointment about Knowing is just how middle-of-the-road Alex Proyas makes it. A premise like this should be rich in drama, suspense and unexpected twists and turns – only Proyas and the script proceed at a slow, sedately measured pace. ... It feels exactly like the reels of two different films have gotten mixed up..."


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

Fifty years after it was buried in a time capsule, a schoolgirl's cryptic document falls into the hands of Caleb Koestler, the son of professor John Koestler. John figures out that the encoded message accurately lists every major disaster from the past five decades, and predicts three future calamities -- one a global cataclysm. When his warnings fall on deaf ears, John enlists the help of the prophetic author's daughter and granddaughter to try to avert the ultimate disaster.


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