Release Date: March 20, 2009
Genre: Sci Fi/Action/Mystery/Thriller
Rating: PG13
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne
Director: Alex Proyas
Stars: 2 1/2

by Tracy Wren
Number one at the box office last week and number three at the box office this week,
Knowing has something going for it. It could be actor Nicolas Cage, who can make the loneliest, most afraid looking face in the world or Irish beauty Rose Byrne.

More likely, it is the combination of the mystery associated with aliens and Christianity. It’s not the first time aliens have been linked with Christianity, some claiming that Jesus himself was an alien, with ancient drawings depicting rocket ships as part of the proof.

The appeal is really to teenagers in search of anything cool who don’t particularly care whether the script is accurate or not. Director Alex Proyas (I, Robot) is the perfect guide through a dream world that puts aliens in the Garden of Eden, or at least hints at the possibility.

Knowing tells the story of Professor Ted Koestler (Nicolas Cage) whose young son, Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury), ends up with a cryptic message left by a young girl in a time capsule fifty years ago. Disturbingly, the girl’s message pinpoints the time and place of all the major disasters in the previous fifty years.

Ted contacts the authorities to no avail with the knowledge that three more disasters are predicted, one of which could destroy the world. Just the kind of story teenagers love. In a race against time, Ted is forced to make a final and decisive choice. At the end of the day, it was fascinating to hear the comments of teenagers, leaving the cinema, demanding clarity and meaning which the film couldn’t provide or perhaps whose director wisely chose not to.

Showing at These Theatres:
Caprice White Rock
Colossus Langley
Cottonwood 4 Cinemas
Empire Studio 12 Guildford
Esplanade 6
Meadowtown Centre Cinemas
Richmond Centre 6 Cinemas
Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
SilverCity Coquitlam
SilverCity Metropolis
SilverCity Mission
SilverCity Riverport
Strawberry Hill

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