Knowing (Blu-ray Disc, 2009)
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- merlinfan1-5May 15, 2016by
Fantastic Sci-fi Movie
Definitely a Nicholas Cage type movie. Great action parts when needed. Excellent story line. Can be unnerving and even a bit creepy, but at the end, it all makes sense. Everyone played their parts very well. Knowing is now one of my newest favorite movies. Will watch this one over again and again. Really enjoyed it. Definitely will recommend.
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- mmptm994684Mar 24, 2015by
Reference quality audio and video.
I actually did not expect this to be a great movie but I was definitely wrong. This is super taut thriller. I also did not expect the ending which tied all the strings together. The other thing I did not expect was the video and audio. However, these are absolutely reference quality. The dialog and special effects are tremendous. There are three scenes that will really test your audio system. I have an expensive THX system and I was absolutely floored by the dynamics.
Highly highly recommended.
- lambe0330.qrzsf...Jan 11, 2016by
Great Movie Deserves the Best Format
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It is worth seeing in HD. I already had the regular DVD version, but now that I have upgraded to blu-ray and HD, this is one of the movies I felt worth upgrading.
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- cannonclubonlin...Jun 28, 2009by
Director Alex Proyas Has Topped Himself Once Again.
Bringing a story like this to film must have been extremely challenging and uplifting. What we find here is an extremely troubling, yet convincing story about a hidden enigma in time, written and stored away in a time-capsule for 50 years, only to be discovered by Father and son, John & Caleb Keostler.
Caleb's surprise from the time capsule turns out to be an uncanny, prophetic premonition about hundreds of dates & locations of events that have happened recently throughout the past 50 years, 3 of which are just about to happen.
The film is very lucky to have director Alex Proyas at the helm because of his acclaimed direction for his work in Dark City. Of course, Dark City is the ultimate in crossing geekism sci-fi with mystery and suspense. We must not forget his other well known film such as I, Robot and Garage Days. The visuals & special effects are outstanding. It was surprising how much suspense was in the script (Ryan Douglas Pearson & Juliet Snowden) which gave the film a real thriller atmosphere which continues to build in tone as the mystery is unraveled.
The spooky phrase helps depict the pensive mood and immediate urgency about the following events within the storyline when the question is posed, "What happens when the numbers run out"? That question that is posed, turns out to be the big surprise of the film.
There is one major scene in the film that only the big screen can do justice to. This scene was the airplane crash scene. Even though it was a tad bit unrealistic overall, it was great to watch since there have never been such terrifying things such as this occurrence be filmed at the time it happened. I'm amazed and bewildered just as much as how Nicolas Cage reacts to it. He runs to perhaps save the people who are burning and one person passes him screaming in flames and Cage just says "hey!", what exactly was he planning on saying to him? Like "HEY! Just to let you know, you're on fire".
For all intents & purposes the one question that kept coming up in my mind was why didn't the advance alien civilization just somehow block the Earth from being destroyed in the first place instead of going through the trouble picking someone re-play the role of seeding Adam & Eve on another planet. I'd love to hear everyone's argument about this one, because that's all I could think of when I saw this advanced set of beings with high technology let Earth get destroyed. I would think the situational ethics are a very important part of an advanced society. I would only have to imagine that such a small task would be a cinch to intervene Earth's destruction. I would say accomplishing this would be as easy as giving the Sun some kind shot of some kind of juice to calm it back down again, which could probably have been done all along since they know so much about when it might peak.
In my mind, director Alex Proyas deserves a lot of the credit for the fact that the film is brave, and does not try to replicate a typical Hollywood blueprint. In fact, he even has Cage back on solid footing, an actor I used to love but have been quite weary of lately. I think Proyas deserves the main kudos for turning this into something creative and special, and I'd go as far as to say this it is his best movie since Dark City.
All in All, this film definitely rivets the senses of your humanity & wakes you up from the take-it-for-granted ease & comfort provided by an American/Western way of life.
5/5 for complete & total genius. Thanks, Alex!Read full review
- teppsnJul 07, 2009by
Finally, a great sci-fi movie for sci-fi fans
Finally, after many years of watching the same old science fiction films being re-made someone has released a great science fiction movie that every sci-fi fan will enjoy
The movie stars Nicolas Cage (Next, National Treasure & more) as John Koestler, widowed MIT Professor who is living with his elementary school aged son. His son is given a letter written 50 years ago by a student at his school that was sealed in a time capsule. This letter is a series of numbers that Cage figures out are dates, times and places of events that have and will happen.
From there the movie draws you into the search for an answer as to why this letter was written in the first place, bringing up the question, why foretell the future if you cannot do anything about it?
This movie is both entertaining and is very well acted.
I personally love a science fiction movie and highly recommend this one to anyone else who does. I also recommend this movie to anyone who just enjoys a well written and well acted movie.
Rated 5 for 5 for an excellent plot, acting and a great story.Read full review