Movie Review: Knowing

Movie Poster for "Knowing"

Movie Poster for "Knowing"

 

Synospsis excerpt from http://www.fandango.com/knowing_v426822/summary:

A time capsule containing a cryptic message about the coming apocalypse sends a concerned father on a race to prevent the horrific events from unfolding as predicted in this sci-fi thriller directed by Alex Proyas (Dark City) and starring Nicolas Cage. 1958: As the dedication ceremony for a newly constructed elementary school gets underway, a time capsule containing student drawings of the future is buried on the grounds and scheduled to be unearthed on the school’s fiftieth anniversary. Instead of submitting a drawing, however, one little girl scribbles a series of seemingly random numbers on her paper before it is buried. Fifty years later, the time capsule is unearthed for a new generation of students to examine… (read the full synopsis at the above website).

from WIkipedia: Knowing was filmed inMelbourne, Australia, using various locations to represent the film’s setting, Boston. The film was released on March 20, 2009 in the United States and Canada.Knowing was originally written by novelist Ryne Pearson

My synopsis:

This is about a child in the 1959 writing a series of numbers which Nicholas Cage character accidentally discovers that it accurately predicted the dates, total fatalities, and locations of every major disaster in the last 50 years; the last three of the events have not yet occurred.

The next two was personally witnessed by Nicholas Cage and he was able to save some people in it but what baffles them is the last item.This is the catastrophic “Everyone Else” solar flare that will torch the whole world.

In the end it is only two kids (the son of Nicholas Cage and the grand daughter of the kid who wrote the numbers in the time capsule) were ‘saved’ by the alien beings (maybe angels-but does not look like the biblical ones-since they are scary and are not talking audibly).

Wheel within a wheel and the Living Creatures

Wheel within a wheel and the Living Creatures

As anarchy reigns in Boston, Nicholas Cage reconciled with his father-who is former pastor-already prepared to meet his maker and then his  mother, and sister just as the solar flare strikes Earth and kills all life on the planet.

The movie ends as the two children, dressed in entirely white garments, run toward a large white tree, possibly being the Tree of Life.

My Take:

This is not Hollywood getting biblical. This is a movie that confuses everything. It tries to present an end of the world -with annihilationism-and no salvation for believers-just for children. It also have a rapture sequence-but that does not include Christians.It shows angels -but looks like alien who abducts children.

Their new earth-have no new heavens. And their tree of life is mystical -not ethical.The Lord Jesus was not even mentioned by the angels nor by those being saved.

The knowledge given by the whispering people- sounds like numerology. Clearly in the bible -no one knows when the end of the world will be-not even the Son of Man in his days of servanthood here. Only the Father. Why can’t this directors and writers respect that clear message. No man can carry these knowledge and remain sane or at least normal.

I really like the scene when the airplane barely misses Nicholas Cage. But I did not like the succeeding ones. If only the film makers tries avoid the end of the world scenario and chooses a different ending then this would have been a better film-but as other critics said-it started in cosmology-it ended in numerology and cultic or occultic knowledge.

But I really don’t like their end-of-the-world view: an annihilation without salvation based on faith in Jesus.

But see the interview of the writer here: http://christianmovienews.com/christians-in-cinema-ryne-pearson-of-knowing/

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2 responses to “Movie Review: Knowing

  1. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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