Nicolas Cage stars in what is easily his best movie to come out in the past 10 years.
Back in 1959 the students of a local elementry school all draw pictures to put into a time capsule that will be opened in 50 years (2009). One girl named Lucinda doesn’t quite draw a picture. She writes down a front and back page worth of numbers that don’t really seem to mean anything. Jump 50 years to what is now 2009 and Nic Cages’ son Caleb, Chandler Canterbury, gets the envelope with Lucinda’s numbers. One drunken night John, Cage, discovers that the numbers actually do mean something. They show a pattern of every natural disaster to have happened within the last 50 years. They show the date they occured, the number of victims, as well as the exact coordinates of each disaster. There are still 3 dates that have not happened yet. John has to prove the impossible and try to save everyone from these disasters.
Now I am in no way a fan of Nicolas Cage. I actually think he is one of the worst actors around today. But in this movie he actually gives a decent performance. He is a loving father, a stressed out college professor, and a person willing to save the lives of others. Other than him and young Chandler Canterbury nobody else really does anything to special.
As for the plot it is very intriging. As the story progresses it gets better and better. That is until about the last 10-15 of the film the plot goes off into something that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and just ruins the ending of what could have been a really good movie. In the end Knowing is a sometimes great movie with a very good storyline and a few good performances but fails to live up to everything it started out with in the end.