By Chris Nashawaty
Updated July 08, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Knowing

type
  • Movie

Neither as bad as you suspect nor as good as you secretly hope, Knowing is a perfectly fine way to spend a rainy Sunday. Nicolas Cage plays a hangdog widower whose son (Chandler Canterbury) finds a coded set of numbers scrawled 50 years earlier in a dug-up time capsule. Since Cage also happens to be an MIT professor of astrophysics (riiiight), he quickly susses that the list is actually a prophecy of past and future disasters. And before you can say Nostradamus, he’s off to save the world from the apocalypse. It’s a ho-hum premise, but director Alex Proyas (1998’s overlooked Dark City) sprinkles in just enough Close Encounters sci-fi weirdness to keep things interesting, or at least, unpredictable. There’s a plane-crash scene that’s worth the price of a rental alone. EXTRAS include a fairly bland director’s commentary and a cool feature on doomsday cults and end-of-days conspiracies. B

Episode Recaps

Knowing

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 121 minutes
director
  • Alex Proyas

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