‘Knowing’ arrives on 4K

Category: Blu-ray's and DVD's

Nicolas Cage stars in the 2009 film that combines a little bit of Armageddon with a touch of Close Encounters of the Third Kind with a sprinkle of Hitchcock. This 4K resolution of Knowing ratchets up the drama and the CGI for this edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Fifty years earlier a time capsule was buried on the site of a new school. The kids drew their ideas of what life would be like in the future – 2009. But one young girl didn’t draw a picture. Instead, this troubled child wrote an entire page of numbers. When the time capsule is unearthed, every child in the class is given one envelope that had been buried. Young Caleb (Chandler Canterbury) received the envelope with the numbers.

Later that night, Caleb’s M.I.T. scientist father John (Cage), a little drunk and still grieving over the death of his wife, is intrigued by the page of numbers and starts plotting them on a board. What do they mean? Are they just gibberish?

Then John sees a pattern in the page of numbers. They show the dates in which a tragedy occurred and the number of fatalities. How incredible. How could someone 50 years ago have known all of these events were going to occur? Then he notices there are three events that haven’t happened yet.

As the predicted events unfold, John is drawn further and further into the mystery. Now, instead of trying to figure out how the child 50 years earlier predicted everything, he is bent on stopping the upcoming disasters. But he cannot.

The final disaster doesn’t list the number of fatalities. Only the letters EE. What does that mean? John tracks down the daughter (Rose Byrne) of the little girl who wrote the page of numbers and together they try to pick apart everything that has happened.

When they discover an end-of-the-world prediction, emotions take over and they try to find a way out. Alas, John realizes nothing lasts forever, not even our small blue planet.

Bonus features include a “making of” featurette looking at the production and how the scenes were created. Although the story takes place in Boston, the movie was filmed in Australia. There is also an interesting look at things to know about the show. And another featurette looks at creating the apocalypse.

There are a lot of emotions in this film. If you knew your life would end, what would you do with the last days? Who would you want to be with when the end comes? And is there another civilization in another world that could rescue the people of earth? Are we all alone? There has to be more than just what we see.

If you haven’t seen this film, it is well worth watching. It’s intriguing and yes, a little scary at times. But it is a movie you won’t want to stop watching.

Cage delivers another great performance and although it isn’t a new film, it is still relevant and interesting today. Knowing is rated PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language.

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