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Product details

  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne
  • Directors: Alex Proyas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025MERDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Action thriller starring Nicolas Cage as John Koestler, a teacher who opens a time capsule that has been unearthed in the grounds of his son's school. The capsule contains some chilling predictions, some of which have already occurred, and other still worse prophecies that have yet to happen. With the reluctant help of Diana and Abby Whelan (Rose Byrne and Lara Robinson), the daughter and granddaughter of the now-deceased writer of the predictions, Koestler sets out on a race against time to solve the riddles and do what he can to avert destruction on a global scale.

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130 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2009
Format: DVD
`Knowing' begins in 1959 when an elementary school is celebrating its open by burying a time capsule containing the students' drawings of their thoughts of what the future will look like when its opened again in 50 years time. Instead of doing a drawing, one young girl named Lucinda writes down a series of seemingly random numbers. 50 years later, the time capsule is opened and the drawings are given to the students. A boy named Caleb gets the page containing Lucinda's numbers. His father Jon (Nicolas Cage) is a professor of astrophysics and one night he notices that one of the number sequence is the date of the 9/11 attacks and it's death toll. After spending the night looking into this with the help of the internet, Jon realises that the numbers are all dates and death tolls of major disasters over the past 50 years. However there are 3 dates that are yet to come.

I've been looking forward to seeing this film for absolutely ages and I finally got to see it at the weekend and I would of loved to be writing this review now saying that it was amazing but the last 5 minutes completely let this down. Literally 95% of this film is absolutely perfect, it has everything - mystery, suspense, horror, action. The disaster sequences were some of the most impressive and shocking scenes I've seen in this type of film, the supernatural elements of it were very chilling and quite scary at times, the storyline was very good for a majority of the film with some really good ideas, the acting was excellent especially from Cage who plays his part very believably, it was just the last 5 minutes of the film that ruined this for me. I'm not going to spoil it and say what happened but when I was watching this part I actually thought to myself "are they serious!?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 15 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The opening plot conceit (the time capsule) was a great idea that should have seeded a much better ongoing story. After the first 30 minutes, when the film started to take on a Stephen King vibe it became promising in a different way (I like films that veer away from the expected line - tried Seraphim Falls yet?) and we stayed with it partly because it plugged strongly into my wife's psyche but partly because it became harder to figure out where it would go (which is a good thing and a bad sign at the same time).

For non-religionists the ending will be risible and fatuous with its stock imagery that kind-of implies that the human race will always get a "get out of jail free" card no matter how tight the corner, and that something out there is always looking out for us (sorry religionists, but the standards for proof these days are much higher than they were even 100 years ago, never mind 2000 years!). Consequently all that early promise was squandered in a final few minutes of the stock religious "pacifier" stuff that is anathema to most modernised people. My wife's religious beliefs made the ending a little more acceptable to her, but even she said that it was a bit too obvious and convenient - in fact a genuine example of bad writing since it was literally a "deus ex machina" ending which, as any writer will know, is a great way to annoy the reader.

First impressions are supposed to be important but, for a movie, the final impression is also pretty damn vital since that's what you take away with you. In this instance the d.e.m. ending leaves me and, I imagine, most viewers feeling pretty "flat".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2014
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Knowing (Blu-ray).

Blu-ray Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region B/2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Entertainment One
Running Time: 122 minutes
Budget $50 million
Box office $187,858,642

Cast.
Nicolas Cage as Professor Jonathan "John" Koestler
Rose Byrne as Diana Wayland / Lucinda Embry-Wayland
Chandler Canterbury as Caleb Koestler
Joshua Long as Young Caleb
Lara Robinson as Young Lucinda Embry / Abby Wayland / Young Diana Wayland
Nadia Townsend as Grace Koestler
Ben Mendelsohn as Professor Phil Beckman
Alan Hopgood as Reverend Koestler
Benita Collings as Mrs. Koestler
Adrienne Pickering as Allison Koestler
Liam Hemsworth as Spencer
Ra Chapman as Jessica
Lesley Anne Mitchell as Stacy
Gareth Yuen as Donald
Verity Charlton as Kim
Tamara Donnellan as Mrs. Embry
Travis Waite as Mr. Embry
D.G. Maloney, Joel Bow, Maximillian Paul & Karen Hadfield as The Strangers
David Lennie as Principal Clark in 1959
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen as Principal in 2009
Alethea McGrath as Priscilla Taylor in 2009
Danielle Carter as Priscilla Taylor in 1959

Trivia.
1)The predicament of being able to see future disaster while fearing no-one will believe you is called "The Cassandra Complex", after a Greek myth.
2)Film debut of Liam Hemsworth.
3)This is the second film featuring Rose Byrne to revolve around the possible end of the world as the result of a solar event after Sunshine.
4)The date for the end of everything, according to the film, is 19/10/09.
5)Richard Kelly was originally set to write & direct the project.

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