37. Knowing (2009)

10 Feb

Roger’s Rating :

Should be :

I kind of liked this movie, a little bit, but Roger really loved it. He said in his review “Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I’ve seen — frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.”
I wasn’t alone in being stunned by that review. As a matter of fact when I read it I went back and watched the movie again, figuring I must have missed something. But unfortunately I hadn’t.
The movie started out pretty good. Nicholas Cage’s character tries to solve a mystery and he can’t believe it as it unfolds before his eyes. The first half of the movie was very well done.
The movie started to lose me when the whispering aliens appeared. What was done so well in Dark City, fails abysmally here.
I also kind of liked the fairy tale style ending, although most people will probably hate it. Overall, a very mediocre, forgettable movie.
On IMDB it has a 6.5 rating and on Rotten Tomatoes it comes in at 33%.

1 Comment

Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Ebert's worst


One response to “37. Knowing (2009)

  1. knower

    November 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I loved Knowing, and was saddened that Ebert was almost alone among critics in agreeing with me. This movie does what so few others are willing to do. Usually, the hero has agency — that is, he or she is able to find some solution to the problem of the movie. This is that rare movie in which there is nothing that can be done. The hero’s “solution” is simple acceptance of the inevitable. The film’s treatment of this theme is wise and emotionally rewarding — but only if the viewer is willing to accept the premise that some things are out of our control.

    It’s a different kind of narrative arc than we’re generally accustomed to, and I think that might be why it alienated many people — but I think it will age well, just as Dark City did.

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