Knowing

Imagine for a moment you had information about the future. But not just any information, this information gave you the specifics. Only in this case it was the specifics to a series of pending disasters. Would you want to know the outcome? Would you act on that information?

John Koestler got the chance to find out. We start off with some backstory. A school in 1959 assigned its students a project to draw pictures of what they thought the future would look like. One student however seems driven to scrawl out a long series of numbers. When the teacher comes to collect the assignments, she is puzzled but seals the paper in with the other envelopes. The pictures are then placed in a time capsule. Fast forward to 2009. Caleb Koestler, John's son, attends the same school and at the anniversary ceremony for opening the time capsule, he receives the envelope with the string of numbers. Rather than had it back to the teachers, he brings it home. His father finds it and tells the son to take it back the next day. But before that can happen, he notices something. A date, and some numbers. 911012996. He figures out that this means 9/11/01 2996 killed. The significance of it all does not truly sink in though until John is sitting stuck in traffic on the way to pick up Caleb from school the next day. As he is asking the police what the problem is, a passenger plane crashes to the ground and explodes on impact. The rest of the story I shall leave to you.

I am normally very skeptical about numerology and numbers type movies, so when I saw the previews for this I wasn't entirely sure. However, this is one of those rare exceptions where you really do need to see the whole thing. There is much MUCH more to the story than the previews and advertising has let on. The plot takes a number of twists and turns on the way to the ending. It is by far one of the best sci-fi thrillers I've seen in a long time.

There are some disturbing scenes in the movie, as I'm sure the picture I supplied hints at. The plane crash scene alone may not be suitable for the kids. The PG-13 rating on this one seems appropriately used. There are other scenes later which could be equally as disturbing. There's also some spots in the movie where the sound is up rather high and may pose issues for those with sensitive hearing. Still, none of it is out of place for the story being told. I'm also pretty happy that the science behind certain aspects of the story are fairly accurate. Hollywood also avoided their usual propaganda filled rants this time.

Over all, definitely not one you want to miss. Sci-fi thriller/mystery movies are easily some of the best.

I already did the big list of what's to come down the road. Previews for Star Trek continue to look promising, as does the one for X-Men. Terminator fans may well be in for a disappointment though. I finally got to see an updated trailer and I'm now having second thoughts. Information revealed indicates that they are about to violate their timeline in such a way that would more or less destroy any credibility in the movie. Two preview scenes give strong indication that John Conner is unaware of what a Terminator is, which is in complete contradiction to them having spent the last 3 movies going out of their way to make sure he does know. If this is confirmed again later it'll be enough to bump it off my list of upcoming movies to see. I absolutely will not suffer captive commercials and overpriced box office tickets for something that refuses to stay true to their own plot history.
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Posted on Mar 22, 2009 12:09 am by Samson in: | 1 comment(s) [Closed]
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I'd seen the ads for knowing and considered it, but like you I tend towards the skeptical and leary of that sort of movie in general.. given your review, maybe I'll check it out from netflix when it becomes available.

The biggest problem, in my mind, with the terminator series in general is that the story line itself is based on paradox, it was bound to happen that the writers would screw it up badly at some point.

       
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