Fifty years ago a young girl heard voices and when it came for her class to contribute something to the school time capsule she wrote two pages of seemingly random numbers. Now, in the present day we meet Nicholas Cage who plays Dr Kesler, a depressed astrophysicist who is a raising his only son alone following the death of his wife. His son of course is given the paper from the time capsule covered in numbers. In a drunken stupor Kesler matches the numbers to every major global disaster around the world. They tell him when and where it happened and how many people died. But there are still some matched numbers left whose events have not yet transpired and so the race is on for Kesler to try and avert these catastrophes
But his son is seeing strange people and soon he starts hearing the same voices as the little girl did in the beginning. He is given visions of the end of the world and also a choice he must be make.
Knowing is a thoroughly enjoyable ride that's part thriller, part sci-fi, part ghost story, it’s a film that actually does what it says on the tin by serving up what last year’s “The Day The Earth Stood Still” and the alien invasion horror film “Signs” failed to do.
Its main focus is on its characters, however Nicholas Cage' acting skills mire this somewhat endearing effort to make this film more than just special effects. Sadly he plays himself, again. However this is not all for the film is too sentimental, underlining the family aspect several times and drawing needless side plots and repeated character back-story into the foreground when something much more interesting could be shown or elaborated on. The film clearly tries to make us sympathise with the characters but sadly they just aren’t that interesting
What makes this film good is that it is a sci-fi disaster flick that actually and finally follows through on its premise. The ending which has divided critics is somewhat fitting if not a little cheesy, but it does in a way make perfect sense however it is that very last scene that does nothing for the film and leaves you wondering if the writer and director were smoking something good...