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A quite decent thing, beginning as a thriller, continuing as a horror and ending as, well, something VERY different...,
This review is from: Knowing [DVD]  (DVD)
To my surprise, I actually liked this film, although it may have been because of my low expectations, as I remembered the disaster which was "Next", another Nicholas Cage film on a vaguely similar theme.
In this film everything is about surprises so avoiding spoilers is really crucial. Let it be said then only, that the film begins with a professor of astrophysics named Jonathan Koestler (Nicholas Cage) getting his hands on a document which was written 50 years ago by a freaky (and probably mentally unbalanced) little girl named Lucinda Embry. The document is just a page of seemingly random numbers - however Koestler decides to consider it as a mathematic riddle and tries to solve it. And he succeeds - to his considerable annoyance...
What follows is a quite skillfull investigation thriller, with Koestler looking for more information about Lucinda Embry. But soon things get much, much more complicated and the film turns in fact into a kind of modern horror, with an atmosphere sometimes reminding of the old "Omen" or the more recent "Ring" movies. And then arrives the third part, which takes us into a direction which I for one completely didn't expect. And it gets REALLY scary at that moment! And please believe me, you will never again think of number "33" without a little bit of unease...
I admit that I may have liked this film a little more than it deserves, because I genuinely like to watch Nicholas Cage, even in his worst movies (of which this one is definitely not) and here he has a role in which he can actually show his talent. Rose Byrne, who plays the... well, main female part, is also excellent. There are also two younger characters, children Caleb and Abby, who gradually become more and more important for the film - the young actors Chandler Canterbury and Lara Robinson who play them give a great show and add a very emotional and dramatic touch to the plot.
So all in all, although not exactly a masterpiece, this film is a very pleasant little surprise. Mixing thriller, horror and... well, other stuff, it can offer a very satisfying "Film on DVD" evening. Be however warned, that like in most good "thriller/horror/other stuff" films, the ending can be a little upsetting. Enjoy!