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Information about Knowing (film)

Knowing is a 2009 (10 years ago) science fiction movie directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage. The project was originally attached to a number of directors under Columbia Pictures, but it was placed in turnaround and eventually picked up by Escape Artists. Production was financially backed by Summit Entertainment. Knowing was filmed in Melbourne, Australia, using various locations to represent the film's Boston-area setting. The movie was released on Mar. 20, 2009 (10 years ago), in the United States. The DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) and Blu-ray media were released on Jul. 7, 2009 (10 years ago).

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Cast

  • Nicolas Cage (6 walls) as Professor Jonathan "John" Koestler
  • Chandler Canterbury as Caleb Koestler
  • Rose Byrne as Diana Wayland
  • Lara Robinson as Lucinda Embry / Abby Wayland
  • Nadia Townsend as Grace Koestler
  • Ben Mendelsohn as Professor Phil Beckman
  • Alan Hopgood as Reverend Koestler
  • Adrienne Pickering as Allison Koestler
  • D.G. Maloney, Joel Bow, Maximillian Paul, and Karen Hadfield as The Strangers
  • Danielle Carter as Miss Taylor in 1959 (60 years ago)
  • Alethea McGrath as Miss Taylor in 2009

Production

Knowing was originally written by novelist Ryne Douglas Pearson and the project was set up at Columbia Pictures. Both Rod Lurie and Richard Kelly were attached as directors, but the movie eventually went into turnaround. The project was picked up by the production company Escape Artists, and the script was rewritten by Stiles White and Juliet Snowden. Director Alex Proyas was attached to direct the project in Feb. 2005 (14 years ago). Summit Entertainment took on the responsibility to fully finance and distribute the film. Proyas and Stuart Hazeldine rewrote the draft for production, which began on Mar. 25, 2008 (11 years ago) in Melbourne, Australia. The director hoped to emulate The Exorcist in melding "realism with a fantastical premise".

The movie is set primarily in the town of Lexington with some scenes set in the nearby cities of Cambridge and Boston. To represent the Boston area, filmmakers used Australian locations such as Geelong Ring Road, the Melbourne Museum, Mount Macedon, and Collins Street. Filming also took place at Camberwell High School, which was converted into the fictional William Dawes Elementary, set in 1959 (60 years ago) Lexington. Interior shots took place at the Australian Synchrotron to represent an observatory. Filming also took place at the Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts. In addition to practical locations, filming also took place at the Melbourne Central City Studios in Docklands.

Proyas used a Red One digital camera, making the movie the first time the director used digital cameras. He sought to capture a gritty and realistic look to the film, and his approach involved a continuous two-minute take in which Cage's character sees a plane crash and attempts to rescue passengers. The take was an arduous task, taking two days to set up and two days to shoot. Proyas explained the goal, "I did that specifically to not let the artifice of visual effects and all the cuts and stuff we can do, get in the way of the emotion of the scene."

Reception

Knowing received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 34% of critics gave the movie positive write-ups based upon a sample of 145 critics with an average score of 4.7 out of 10, although the Rotten Tomatoes community gave the movie a 60% At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the movie has received an average score of 41 out of 100 based on 27 reviews. The consensus observed that Knowing had "some interesting ideas and a couple good scenes" but was hampered "by its absurd plot and over-seriousness".

A. O. Scott of the New York Times said, "If your intention is to make a brooding, hauntingly allegorical terror-thriller, it’s probably not a good sign when spectacles of mass death and intimations of planetary destruction are met with hoots and giggles... The draggy, lurching two hours of Knowing will make you long for the end of the world, even as you worry that there will not be time for all your questions to be answered." In the San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Hartlaub called the movie "a disappointment for fans of Proyas" and "a surprisingly messy effort." He thought Nicolas Cage (6 walls) "borders on ridiculous here, in part because of a script that gives him little to do but freak out or act depressed".

Writing for the Washington Post, Michael O'Sullivan thought the movie was "creepy, at least for the first two-thirds or so, in a moderately satisfying, if predictable, way... But the narrative corner into which this movie... paints itself is a simultaneously silly and morbidly depressing one. Well before the movie neared its by turns dismal and ditzy conclusion, I found myself knowing—yet hardly able to believe—what was about to happen." Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times found it to be "moody and sometimes ideologically provocative" and added, "Knowing has its grim moments—and by that I mean the sort of cringe- (or laugh-) inducing lines of dialogue that have haunted disaster movies through the ages... So visually arresting are the images (wallpaper) that watching a deconstructing airliner or subway train becomes more mesmerizing than horrifying."

Roger Ebert was enthusiastic about the film, rating it four stars and ranking it "among the best science-fiction movies I've seen—frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome" in the Chicago Sun-Times. He continued, "With expert and confident storytelling, Proyas strings together events that keep tension at a high pitch all through the film. Even a few quiet, human moments have something coiling beneath. Pluck this movie, and it vibrates."

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