Knowing is not worth the battle

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Nicholas Cage stares at his code

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IT'S OKAY, NICK. MAGIC EYES ARE TOUGH. In Knowing, Nicolas Cage discovers a code that helps him predict global disasters. I wonder if the sequel to National Treasure is in there.

Directed by: Alex Proyas
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury

2.5 stars

Apocalyptic films have proven popular in Hollywood, and Knowing delivers just that, but with a new take on the “end of the world” scenario.

The film follows MIT Professor John Koestler (Cage) and his son Caleb (Canterbury) as Koestler tries to prevent the end of the world as predicted by a young girl in 1959.

The majority of the film will entertain audiences with its special effects, suspenseful music and thrilling, albeit inconsistent, plot. However, the film falls flat due to the constant dissonance in the storyline. Audiences will likely enter the theatre with a rough idea of what the movie will be like, only to leave confused.

Although the film is confusing, the catastrophic events that occur and the eye-catching special effects are nothing short of riveting. An example includes the scene where a plane slams into the ground at high speeds and everyone, at first, survives and runs around burning in flames. These effects introduce an apocalyptic atmosphere, while at the same time suggesting future astronomical anomalies that could happen within our universe.

Cage’s acting is consistent with his previous blunders. He overacts throughout much of the film, placing emphasis on the tone of his voice rather than the events unfolding before him. Byrne, on the other hand, gives an overly emotional performance. For more than half of the movie she’s crying, screaming, or both. Combined with Cage’s stone-faced screaming, the audience gets to watch a relatively amusing yelling match.

Even though the plot may be a strong draw for apocalyptic film lovers, Knowing simply fails to deliver a film worth seeing. The special effects are high calibre, so for those of you who want to see impressive visuals, this film may be for you. But for the rest of the movie-watching population, it would probably be a better idea to curl up on the couch with a good book than see this film.

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