Movie Review: KnowingPublished by Clay Cane on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm.
Summary: Nicholas Cage gets a tip from 50 years ago that the world is going to end in a few days. However, there is a code to break. After some liquor, Google searches and jotting of numbers—he “knows.” Of course no one believes Nick. So, it is up to him to save himself and his family.
Review: “Knowing” does not tell you anything you do not already know about these end-of-the-world films. A mix of scientists, religion and of course a scene where New York City is destroyed… can’t Hollywood demolish a different city? “Knowing” stumbles forward like a bumpy train ride. You know there is a destination and overly anticipating getting there so it will all be over.
In “Knowing” it is easy to forget Cage is an Oscar winner. He seems frantic, overly dramatic and maybe knowing himself that the movie is just not working. In films like this you wonder if the actor feels, “I do not think this is going to be a hit.”
Overall, Cage is whiny, tiresome and has the awful habit of leaving kids alone in cars when he knows the world is going to end. See, the children are being stalked by “The Whisper People.” I guess they were cut from “Armageddon,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” The plot oozes with cheesiness between prophecy, the environment and what one could interpret as aliens.
Usually, these plotless action flicks can rely on amazing special effects. Unfortunately, the effects look as if they were pulled from an Xbox video game. The plane crashes, car crashes and fires are as unrealistic as the storyline.
Knowing that “Knowing” is not worth your money is probably your best bet in movies to not pay for this weekend.
“Knowing” is in theatres today.