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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 211031729
UPC: 025192031892
UPC 14: 00025192031892
Rating: Game Rating Code
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What Happens When the Numbers Run Out?
In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule but one mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, Professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts every major disaster of the past 50 years. As John further unravels the document's chilling secrets, he realizes the document foretells three additional events -- the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale and seems to somehow involve John and his son.

"A superbly crafted thriller.  Roger Ebert
"...a fascinating and engrossing science fiction film, a picture that offers far more than surface thrills.  Scott Mendelson, Film Threat
"By being judicious with CGI, Proyas gives the film's handful of disaster sequences great impact.  Stan Hall, Portland Oregonian

Editor's Note
Based on a story by author Ryne Douglas Pearson, KNOWING is a moody sci-fi thriller that stars Nicolas Cage as John Koestler, a widowed MIT astrophysicist who lives in wooded seclusion with his young son, Caleb (Chandler Canterbury). When Caleb is handed an envelope unearthed from a school time capsule buried 50 years earlier, its cryptic numerical sequence captures the interest of his dad, who soon realizes the powerful significance of the document, which seems to predict major world disasters throughout history. Unfortunately, there are three calamities that have yet to unfold, and John, aided reluctantly by widowed mom Diana Wayland (Rose Byrne) and her daughter, Abby (Lara Robinson), must try to unravel the mystery of the numbers before many more lives are lost.

Alex Proyas?s follow-up to 2004?s I, ROBOT, KNOWING returns to the shadowy atmosphere of the director?s revered cult film, DARK CITY, while staying within the realm of the Hollywood big-budget disaster movie. Though the plot takes some outlandish turns, the film is grounded by solid performances from Cage, Byrne, and the impressive child actors, and Proyas further anchors the proceedings in moments of captivatingly bleak realism. Like the remake of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, KNOWING is a pensive and melancholy thriller that rewards discerning viewers willing to follow its strange and intriguing tale.

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/2/2012
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00025192031892
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Rose Byrne
Video Cast Info Nicolas Cage
Video Cast Info Chandler Canterbury
Video Cast Info Lara Robinson
Video Cast Info Ben Mendelsohn
Video Cast Info Alex Proyas - Producer
Video Cast Info Marco Beltrami - Composer
Video Cast Info Simon Duggan - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Topher Dow - Producer
Video Cast Info Stuart Hazeldine - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jason Blumenthal - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Tisch - Producer
Video Cast Info Ryne Douglas Pearson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Richard Kelly - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Alex Proyas - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Stiles White - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Juliet Snowden - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Todd Black - Producer
Video Cast Info Alex Proyas - Director

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"[A] moody and sometimes ideologically provocative film....Director Alex Proyas has long been drawn to otherness. He's definitely mucking around in that and more here, with KNOWING his most overtly allegorical film yet." 03/20/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
4 stars out of 4 -- "[F]rightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome....With expert and confident storytelling, Proyas strings together events that keep tension at a high pitch all through the film." 03/18/2009

"[KNOWING] has more on its mind than the run-of-the-mill effects-driven extravaganza. Absorbing....Canterbury and Robinson are rock-solid as the two crucial kids." 03/19/2009

Entertainment Weekly
"[D]irector Alex Proyas sprinkles in just enough CLOSE ENCOUNTERS sci-fi weirdness to keep things interesting..." -- Grade: B 07/17/2009

ReelViews 6 of 10
Knowing is a classic case of a movie that is crammed with interesting ideas but is unable to conceptualize them in a compelling fashion. Knowing doesn't fail because of a lack of ambition or scope but because of flaws in execution. The movie tries to accomplish a lot of things, but it doesn't do many of them well. The structure is confused, with a setup that is long and uninvolving, a middle section that is largely unnecessary, and an ending that is rushed. There are numerous red herrings; in fact, the first 90 minutes could be classified as such. The allegorical conclusion is also disappointing, mainly because it is anticlimactic. As cinematic failures go, at least this one is interesting in some aspects, but not to the degree that I can recommend it...For a while, Knowing touches on some interesting ideas, including questions about fate, chance, and predestination. There's also the concept of numbers forming the ultimate, underlying foundation of the universe - a belief that is shared by some mathematicians and mystics alike. Unfortunately, although the screenplay spends an inordinate amount of time with numerology and questions of whether the future can be known or predicted, these elements don't have a lot to do with the narrative's final trajectory...Because it's not a run-of-the-mill dumb disaster movie, Knowing proves to be more frustrating than simplistic fare like Independence Day or Armageddon. There is potential here for something thought-provoking, viscerally exciting, and ultimately transcendent. But there are too many problems with the script for Proyas to develop things to the point where we can see more than the skeleton of a missed opportunity. Science fiction fans will feel gypped, disaster movie fans will appreciate about 10 minutes of screen time and be bored by the rest, and no one else will care. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
"Knowing" is among the best science-fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome. In its very different way, it is comparable to the great "Dark City," by the same director, Alex Proyas. That film was about the hidden nature of the world men think they inhabit, and so is this one...The plot involves the most fundamental of all philosophical debates: Is the universe deterministic or random? Is everything in some way preordained or does it happen by chance? If that questions sounds too abstract, wait until you see this film, which poses it in stark terms: What if we could know in advance when the Earth will end?...Nicolas Cage, in another wound-up, edgy performance, plays John Koestler, a professor of astrophysics at MIT. He votes for deterministic; as he tells his class, he believes "s*** happens." His wife has died, and he's raising his young son, Caleb (Chandler Canterbury). A time capsule is opened at Caleb's school, containing the drawings of students in 1959 predicting the sights of 2009. But the sheet Caleb gets isn't a drawing; it's covered with rows of numbers. In a prologue, we've seen the girl with haunted eyes, Lucinda (Lara Robinson), who so intensely pressed the numbers into the paper...The film is beautifully photographed by Simon Duggan, the Marco Beltrami score hammers or elevates when it needs to, and Richard Learoyd's editing is knife-edged; when he needs to hurtle us through sequences, he does it with an insistence that doesn't feel rushed...You may have guessed from the TV ads that something very bad is unfolding for planet Earth, and you may ask, not unreasonably, how these two nice parents and their lovable kids can possibly have any effect on it. Ah, but that would be in a random universe, and "Knowing" argues that the universe is deterministic. Or does it? Your papers will be due before class on Monday. - Roger Ebert

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Product attributeActor:   Cage,Nicolas
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   Blu-Ray
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