“Knowing” Review

We finally got around to watching “Knowing”, with Nicolas Cage.  Nic has done some bad movies recently, which is unfortunate since he’s such a good actor, so I wasn’t expecting a lot.  It turned out to be a lot more engaging and entertaining than I thought it would be, though.

The movie focuses around a sheet of numbers that a little girl puts into a time capsule as part of a class project.  50 years later the time capsule is dug up and the envelope with the string of numbers is handed out to Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury).  When he opens it he’s intrigued, thinking it might be a puzzle.  He mentions this to his dad, John (Nicolas Cage) and later that night John discovers that there is indeed a hidden meaning to the numbers.

The movie has some light religious undertones and some strong scientific themes and invite the viewer to consider some pretty deep questions about life.  The movie also deals with a lot of personal issues between John and his son.  Instead of detracting from the movie it adds to it.  Another thing I like about it is that the plot twists aren’t typical and it’s not going to end the way you might think.  It keeps you guessing the whole way through, right up to the end.  There’s also a lot more action that I thought there would be, and the imagery is very vivid.

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but the movie does a great job of building suspense and mystery concerning the numbers, what they mean, and who the “whispering people” are.  The acting is really good and so are the special effects.  The special effects are really good in fact!

The end of the movie left me with a lot of questions, but one more than others.  Why rabbits?

Worth watching!

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