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Knowing novels, and yet it embodies a déjà vu vibe that becomes numerically numbing. If you had to think about that sentence for a second, you will ponder the film Knowing; starring Nicholas Cage (National Treasure), Rose Byrne and Chandler Canterbury. Although this is not a horror film and there are no avenging cadavers, this film borrows the hooks from films like Final Destination, The Ring, The Invasion and Cloverfield, then mixing them up into a convolution of anticipation and noiristic finality that captures the viewer in a since of impending dread…

We half expect a wolf to howl as we are graced by the elusion of the moon which actually is the sun slowly parting from the cloudy sky. We gaze through the troubled eyes of Lucinda Embry (Lara Robinson) as voices bombard her young mind already seemingly coursed by the “knowing” for which is stored there. Although Lucinda is disturbed the rest of the children around her seem to be excited and joyful at the opening of the William Dawes Elementary School in Lexington Massachusetts. The year is 1959 and after great preponderance the faculty has decided to choose Lucinda’s idea for what to put in the time capsule-for children of the future to open years later. Her idea- for each student to draw what he or she believed the future held. As each child excitedly drew their expectations for a UFO filled future and the likes, Lucinda hurriedly wrote a sequence of numbers that were seemingly filtered into her head by a hubbub of voices commanding her of what to write. The teacher rushed her along and took the paper from her before she finished her compulsory task.

At the grand opening of the school and the burial of the time capsule Lucida gazed on in a look of blank sadness as if knowing the final act of a crime to be committed. The teacher (Daniel Carter) smilingly looked up to see Lucinda, looked down and then looked up again to see that Lucinda had vanished. A search was conducted for Lucinda that night, and the teacher searched for Lucinda as well. Hearing a scratching in the basement the teacher- Ms. Taylor descended into the blackness and opened the door to find a frightened Lucinda with bloodied hands. “They won’t stop ”, she says, and the door creaks open for are viewing, to see a bloodied scrawl of numbers.

50 years later we alight back at this school where Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury) the son of professor John Koestler (Nicholas Cage) attends. Today is the 50th year anniversary of the school and the time capsule is being exhumed for the present students to look at.  Caleb just happens to get the numbers drawn by Lucinda and quizzically he wonders if the numbers mean something. Pausing in his reflections he looks up to see a man in all black starring at him from the nearby trees. He resumes his observation of the paper and then looks up to see the lonesome figure has departed. At home John(Cage) stumbles upon the paper and starts to become interested in the numbers written on the exhumed paper. John begins by trying to see if they follow a sequence, discovering that the numbers seem to be dates. With a start John’s curiosity is sparked into further speculations. As John researches the dates he finds that disasters had taken place on all of the aforementioned dates that were written on the page. Taken aback John pears further to see that the amount of human fatalities is also mentioned on the sheet. John’s curiosity becomes an obsession and over the next couple of days John waits in dread for the following events to take place. As the events take place John realizes that the sequence of events must lead to a finality- being that the sheet ends and in a frenzied rush, we are catapulted into this dark discovery that will change are life’s forever…

This movie boasts an extraordinary soundtrack by Marco Beltrami who is responsible for musical works in Hellboy, Terminator 3, The Watcher, Scream and I, Robot, just to mention a few. The soundtrack is reminiscent of that from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo in its disquieting feel of menacing progression. Unlike most soundtracks that we seem to naturally overlook, this one is unique in its contribution to this film.

Also to mention, is the special effects and filming that heighten the anticipation. You will be spellbound as the filming whisks you along in an unavoidable downward slide. As usual Nicholas Cage gives us a good performance; but what is more engrossing is the story that is written superbly.

The only negative critique is the aspect that I say this film takes from Cloverfield. That’s for me to know and for you to find out. I believe that the ending could have been more positive but its not a ferry tail in the least, it’s a thrill ride, so dismiss my predilections and ride this one out, because it’s a beast.