A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son’s elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions — some that have already occurred and others that are about to — that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold. Now on DVD!
“Knowing” stars Nicholas Cage, Rose Byrne, and a cute kid whose name is Chandler Canterbury. It’s really two movies. The first is kind of a weird story about a little girl who lived 50 years ago who, when asked to submit something to a time capsule, wrote out pages and pages of numbers, which gets buried in the time capsule. Fast forward 50 years, Nic Cage’s cute kid, Chandler Canterbury, who has a hearing problem, I’m not sure why, is given the envelope with the numbers in it. From then, for the first half of the movie, it’s kind of a puzzle. It’s kind of Nic Cage doing what he does, which is tracking down serious mysteries, which is sort of interesting in how he does it. The problem is that all the mysteries have to do with tragic events, which are a little hard to stomach after a while. The second half of the movie goes where no man should have gone. It becomes I don’t know, a brave new world. The problem is that we have to endure a number of deaths of people that we’ve gotten to like. We have to see some horrific Armageddon scenarios, and we have to deal with some iconography that looks like it’s straight out of “Watchmen”, with some very loud music. I would give the first part of this movie three stars because it’s intellectually challenging, and kind of fun. The second part, I would give one star. So overall, three stars. This is not a family flick. However, it’s a good date flick, so rent with your sweetie.