Cage is one of those actors that is just a tad too dry and sedate for me, but I felt this worked well with Knowing. The premise, if you haven’t heard, is that a time capsule for a school contains a “picture” drawn by a little girl that consists of numbers. She furiously wrote the numbers instead of the picture of the future requested by her teacher. But these numbers are far better than a drawing: they predicted the future. Most of that has already passed, but there are more numbers left. Just a few.
Most of the movie is the actors trying to play catch up with the dead on accuracy of the predictions and their personal relationships. The film is shot with a lot of blue-ish gray hues and is quite intense.
There is an interesting alien element to the script that gets fully reveled as it progresses, and one wonders if this isn’t just another example of multi-layered relationship expose’, only human/alien, that runs so deep through this movie.
It’s not the best movie, by any means, but the special effects and emotional intensity of it might make it worthy of a big screen viewing, rather than a rental. Catch it quick: there is about to be a big influx of new movies including the newest in the Trek franchise. It surely will get bumped soon in your area, if it hasn’t already.
I won’t spoil it, even though I find the movie quite predictable. Yet that doesn’t seem to hurt it in the slightest. Let’s just say if you have to have a happy ending you may, or may not, want to go to this movie. Depends upon your definition of “happy.”