A professor (Nicolas Cage) and his son obtain an encoded time-capsule document that lists every major disaster over the past 50 years and predicts a future global calamity.
" A not-bad supernatural-tinged sci-fier that has more on its mind than the run-of-the-mill effects-driven extravaganza. "
" Mixing Spielbergian child-like wonder, disaster movie spectacle and the cod-religious silliness of M Night Shyamalan's 'Signs'. The premise is compelling, but the execution is over-cooked. "
" A little levity, applied at key moments, might have helped it make its points and lend plausibility to its characters. "
" An uneasy blending of sci-fi and religion, fate and faith -- the same mish-mash that has bedeviled most of M. Night Shyamalan's recent movies, and leaves this film leaden with self-importance. "
" Despite the concept, despite the relatively solid and even exciting first half, the last fifteen minutes of Knowing left me squirming in my seat. Seriously. "
" For me, it doesn't quite work; still I'm glad he took the risk. "
" Hokum is best served straight, not as a New Age cocktail with too many ingredients. "
" If Alex Proyas' Knowing were reasonably entertaining -- instead of just dour, pointless and tedious -- it would be a camp classic. "
" If you want to know how inept the movie is...well, it's so inept that you may wish you were watching an M. Night Shyamalan version of the very same premise. "
" If you're of a mind to believe a dreary and far-fetched thriller about numerology-crazed alien life forms, then you may find the movie mildly diverting. "
" It's pretty much impossible to take the rest of a film seriously once you've seen a flaming moose running toward the camera in slow motion. "
" Its breathlessness and permanent state of confusion make you long for the assured touch of M. Night Shyamalan. "
" 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. "
" The frustrating thing about Knowing is the story is worthy. But director Proyas tries to cram too much in, as if the tricks and effects wizardry are all that really counts. They aren't. "
" The movie begins shameless, grows stupid and winds up silly. If the ending had less of the air of a crackpot religion and more pretentiousness, you could almost call it Shyamalanish. "
" The narrative corner into which this movie, directed by Alex Proyas, paints itself is a simultaneously silly and morbidly depressing one. "
" The resolution of the mysterious visitors' mission and John's crisis of faith feels more like an excuse to stage some hellacious cataclysms than the product of a genuine belief in anything at all. "
" There's nothing really special about this film, other than an interesting premise. "
" Things started to fall off of the deep end very quickly. "
" Was there a prediction of this laughably bad movie in The Mothman Prophecies? "
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