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Knowing [Blu-ray] [2009]

Nicolas Cage , Rose Byrne , Alex Proyas    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
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  • 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025MERDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,606 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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126 of 138 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 95% brilliant - spoilt by the ending 7 April 2009
`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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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my best blu-ray movies 12 Sep 2009
Before I purchased this movie I read some of the reviews and they almost put me off, but having now taken the plunge and watched the movie I have to say that I think it was great.

I enjoyed it from the very start and I wasn't disapointed with the ending like some others. The quality of the picture and the sound are amazing, one scene in particular actually dislodged some of my china plates in my display cabinet (luckily none broke), if you want a movie to demonstrate your surround system this is a must.

I'm no Barry Norman so I dont go into detail about movies and give the plot away, I just say what I think with my honest opinion, I want to be entertained and am not bothered about what is plausible, this film will be watched again very soon when my friends come round for the evening.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good ... but let your brain have the night off 23 Aug 2009
Let start by saying I did enjoy this film, it is well paced but doesn't boast the best storyline or script writing in the history of film.

This combined with Nicolas Cage's stilted acting style leads to a film that will often lose the attention of the average sci-fi fan and will lose most peoples quite quickly into the film.

I fall in to the former category and found that at times sequences seemed to have little bearing on the film and could quite easily have been cut with no overall detriment. However I felt most of them were designed to give insights to the characters and help you connect and feel for them for the disaster ending of the film that gradually becomes clear.

The problem is as I mentioned the choice of Cage for the lead role is OK as a scientist looking and deciphering a code but as a feeling person wrestling with the loss of his wife and bringing up his child alone it doesn't work.

Fundamentally this leaves what was intended to be a heart rending finalle as a flat CGI fest.

However somehow as a whole the film manages to be decently entertaining and the presentation on Blu-Ray is of more than acceptable quality, although the sound balance for a home cinema system when you care about disturbing your neighbours isn't good as its too quiet to hear the dialogue then too loud at the action sequences - resulting in the remote being to hand constantly.

In the end a decent film, premise and plot that isn't underpinned well by scripting, editing or casting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowing 15 April 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD is worth watching I got this for my Mother she's into Nicolas Cage ( at 83 ) Bless her ....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Expected. 19 Nov 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I can't quite understand the negative reviews this film gets,i bought it anyway cos the theme interested me and i have to say that it is a thoroughly decent film.
I am by no means a fan of Nicholas Cage but he does nothing to spoil the film whatsoever,one reviewer even went on to mention the probability of this and the probability of that being far fetched,it's a sodding film!!,made for entertaining people and NOT for idiots who want to dissect every part of it.
It's a film i expected being average due to the spectrum of reviews but it is definately worth a 4 out of 5. I'd say if you like anything to do with time capsules being buried and years later dug up or end of the world type films then you would certainly enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Test your surround equipment! 4 Nov 2012
By Del
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I really like this film. Ok the ending could have been improved but it's not that bad. Lots of films have much worse endings but few have the sound that this movie has. If you want a good entertaining movie, well made, good story line, great special effects and a top demonstration disc for showing off your cinema sound then ignore all the negative reviews here and buy it, you wont be sorry!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch this film and enjoy
Not one for Nicholas Cage methinks, but he's managed to pull it off in this film. The worlds' coming to an end, but why does his character act ever so slightly 'wooden'? Read more
Published 10 days ago by T. Tran
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi film
Enjoyed this film, quirky but believable. They covered all options and gave a satisfactory finale. Definitely one to watch if you are a fan of Nic Cage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eleanor Godleman
5.0 out of 5 stars husband loves
Watched this at the cinema bought as a gift for my husband as he really enjoyed it, good film with an odd ending!!
Published 2 months ago by Emma Parry
4.0 out of 5 stars Film
Another action packed film by Nichoals Cage, love his films. Better than standing and going throught the DVD's in a shop
Published 2 months ago by June Underwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Knowing (Nicholas Cage)
Great little film, although the ending was a bit flat and not a real tear jerker as much even though Nicholas acted his best..
Published 4 months ago by giandougl
4.0 out of 5 stars A criminally underrated film
First off, I'm not going to say that I think "Knowing" is one of the greatest films ever made, nor do I think it's a perfect film by any means as it does have a few problems, but... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I give this movie 5 stars. When I started watching this I thought that it was a horror film because I found it quite creepy but it soon showed me otherwise. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
i watched this so long ago at the pictures so was so pleased to get the film on dvd and at such a great price love iit
Published 5 months ago by Lilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sci fi for once
I like inter alia: Nicolas Cage, Sci Fi, Ends of the World, puzzles, aliens, decent plot twists, and what Harlan Ellison called "Shaggy God stories". That's seven. Read more
Published 7 months ago by fat man on a bicycle
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
many thanks for my new dvd knowing 2009 this is a great film and value for money and quick delevery
Published 8 months ago by Dean Evans
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