'Knowing' Review By Julian Roman
I’m a bit on the fence with Knowing. It is well made, and bleak as hell, but just has a little too much going on for me to recommend it.
Knowing is a very dark film with scenes of mass destruction that are horrifying. In fact, there’s a plane crash that’s so realistic and disturbing, I am convinced this film will never be shown on an airplane. These scenes of megadeath are a stark contrast to the quiet ones interspersed throughout the film. Koestler and his son are getting over a family tragedy, only to step knee deep into the apocalypse. There’s also a twist to this film that caught my totally off guard. Proyas has a quasi-religious theme that is only revealed in the last ten minutes of the film. I am not a spoiler, but it caps of the film with a decidedly unusual twist.
Nicolas Cage is back to his true talents here. I am continually surprised by his choices. He makes garbage like “Con Air” and “National Treasure”, but is good enough to do “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Bringing Out the Dead”. Knowing is no indie-film, and must have an ample budget for the epic scenes of mass destruction. So Cage continues to intrigue as an actor by doing good and bad work always.
I have always been a big fan of director Alex Proyas. I believe that “Dark City” is probably the most underrated sci-fi film of all time. I’m a bit on the fence with Knowing. It is well made, and bleak as hell, but just has a little too much going on for me to recommend it. Although, the ending is pretty bizarre and I’d be shocked if anyone saw it coming.