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Cast, Crew, Story, Theme, Review Muse-En-Scene, Life Connections FATE VS DETERMINATION
A professor stumbles on terrifying predictions about the future—and sets out to prevent them from coming true. With the reluctant help of the daughter and granddaughter of the now- deceased author of the prophecies, Ted's increasingly desperate efforts take him on a race against time until he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster—and the ultimate sacrifice. PG-13 (for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language) KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
NICOLAS CAGE (John Koestler) NICOLAS CAGE (John Koestler) The Academy Award winner’s previous film, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, represented his fifth collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
ROSE BYRNE (Diana Wayland) She is one of Australia’s leading young film stars, winning acclaim both locally and internationally. She stars in the award- winning FX series “Damages,” alongside Glenn Close. KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
CHANDLER CANTERBURY (Caleb Koestler) Appeared in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He recently won a 2008 Young Artist Award for his chilling special guest star performance on the TV hit series Criminal Minds. KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
ALEX PROYAS ALEX PROYAS He is a director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for directing The Crow, Dark City, and I, Robot. KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
Director ALEX PROYAS and the crew on the set of KNOWING KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
TRANSFORMING MELBOURNE The story takes place in Boston, but it was filmed in Melbourne. KNOWING KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures of what they think the future will look like. Their drawings will be sealed into a time capsule and stored for 50 years. But one mysterious girl fills her paper with rows of apparently random numbers, which she says are being whispered to her by unseen people. KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
A half-century later, a new generation of students examines the capsule’s contents and the girl’s cryptic message ends up in the hands of young Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury). KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
Caleb’s father, astrophysics professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage), who makes a startling discovery: the encoded message predicts the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years with pinpoint accuracy. KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
As he further unravels the document’s secrets, John discovers that it foretells three additional catastrophes—the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale. John’s efforts to alert the authorities about the impending catastrophes fall on deaf ears and his fears intensify with the realization that Caleb is somehow connected to the mystery. KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
Enlisting the help of Diana Whelan (Rose Byrne) and Abby (Lara Robinson), the daughter and granddaughter of the prophetic message’s author, he embarks on a heart-pounding race against time to prevent the ultimate disaster. KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
DUALING PHILOSOPHIES Prof says “The theory of randomness says it’s all coincidence” =Fate. Yet he holds earth in his hand, suggesting that we hold the future in our hands =Determination/Responsibility. KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
--Rose Byrne DARK PAST “My character, Diana, is in such a complicated position. She has a really dark personal history and it all comes crashing down on her (fate). She tried to run away from this thing her whole life (determination) and it ends up right in her face (responsibility).” --Rose Byrne KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
EARTH IN ECLIPSE The opening of the time capsule gives the appearance of a world in eclipse KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
CELEBRATING CHILDREN The future belongs to our children. The film connects the future to our children. Visual Message: Because we love our children, we must take responsibility for the world they will inherit. Note use of balloons Happy kids Father loves son KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
Critics give it a 20% approval. However Roger Ebert says, "Knowing is among the best science- fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome." KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
“The plot involves the most fundamental of all philosophical debates: Is the universe deterministic or random? Is everything in some way preordained or does it happen by chance?” --Roger Ebert, film critic KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
LOVE IS DETERMINED Actress Rose Byrne said this about her film, “It’s a constant human desire to want to understand as much as we can about how long we're going to be around. People have been trying to figure it out forever. And whether it's Mayans or Muslims or Hindus, everyone has a theory on what's going to happen.” I totally agree. The various religions and philosophies generally fall into two schools of thought: 1) Fate. 2) Determination. In other words: 1) you cannot change your fate. 2) You are responsible for the direction of your future. Personally I believe in both. Life is a mix of both. The popular proverb says it well, “When life gives you lemons (fate), make lemonade (determination).” You, me and everyone else are responsible for the future we leave our children. The message in the film is Love = Determination! KNOWING Review © David Bruce
THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY “Eight years ago I was not a father. I have two young children now. And at its core, the movie has become a parent and child story. That central family issue is very important to me and many other people on this film.” -- Screenwriter Jason Blumenthal KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
“The end of the world is on people's minds. We have the power to do it ourselves. The question is, what do you do with that responsibility?” --Nicholas Cage KNOWING ©2009 Summit Entertainment. Review © David Bruce
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