Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas, is an interesting sci-fi / thriller.
In 1959, a young girl contributes a strange page of numbers to a school time capsule, while her classmates draw pictures for inclusion.
2009, the capsule is opened, and the tale begins.
What did the young schoolgirl know? How does it affect those half a century later.
An interesting, thoughtful exercise in the genre.
Shot digitally in 4k, and completed as a 2k DI, Lionsgate’s new 4k UHD release with HDR, works nicely in the format, but don’t expect that true 4k pop.
The Dolby Atmos track works beautifully for the subject, with theater-filling audio, with nice use of height channels.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
- Feb 8, 2002
- Real Name
No, I don't recall that it touches on religion at all. I suppose you could draw some parallels with some of the events, but it's not a central theme.
Not sure how I feel about the movie. It was enjoyable until the end, but I remember not being happy with the end. My tastes have changed though, maybe I'll like it this time around.
Well, yes, but only at the end, which is why the finale kind of disappoints me. I haven't a religious bone in my body. But I would still highly recommend it.
Now me, I see that as an alien race rescuing a few of the human race so they can repopulate on another planet.
I have one question about this move: what was the purpose of the list of numbers? Did it help them to chose the chosen? Or was it just “Hey we need that list to make a move, dummy!”
- Aug 3, 2013
- Real Name
- Gavin Kopp
But for me it felt like they threw religion in there at the end just to ratchet up the conflict of Nicholas Cages choice. They didn't explore it well so it rang hollow to me. I think it was supposed to be a tragically hopeful ending. But if Cage and his family are okay with his decision its because of blind faith and a renewed sense of familial
love. Kind of an allegory to religious faith. But I have trouble that anyone of deep religious faith would have made the same decision. So for me the filmmakers betrayed religion in order to promote religion.
I'm probably not explaining myself well, and I don't want to digress into specific religious topics, but it just didn't work for me.
Although I probably won't re watch it, I would still encourage those who haven't seen it to watch it. It is very well made.
I guess its true that a great ending can save a dreadful film, and a dreadful ending can ruin an otherwise great film. And this falls onto the latter category for me.
- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
Please fix posts.
It's not religious at all, but a LOT of people have misinterpreted it as such. It is really, deeply, Science Fiction. Roger Ebert seemed to be one of the few critics who understood that when it came out. In fact, I take it as an homage to a particular Arthur C. Clarke novel. I'll put the title in a spoiler at the end of this post, because people have already been spoiling enough of this thread.
Both the movie and the novel I'm referring to have essentially the same outcome. Not in the specific details, but in the result and the actions that lead up to it. The movie is presented as a mystery, so it doesn't spell out what is happening and who is involved (the icons) the way the novel does. They both have visual icons which are not actually religious, but have become part of religious imagery. This also brings up one of Clarke's own rules, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"... or the supernatural/religious. The difference is that in the two stories, those icons have resulted in opposite perceptions. This is only my interpretation, but it is one that hit me over the head immediately the first time I saw Knowing years ago.
I hope I've managed to give an explanation without spoiling anything for anyone who hasn't already seen the movie. What I've said shouldn't make any sense until after seeing the movie.
The Whisper People are a thematic equivalent of the Overlords. An extremely advanced species that has been tasked with care for the human race. In the end, in both stories, they know the earth will be destroyed so they select specific children to continue the species, and relocate them to a new home. I think the "Tree of Life" is mostly a metaphor in the new Eden-like world.