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Knowing (2009)

April 5, 2009

Cinema 2, 10:30 PM
Trinoma, QC

Knowing is a half-good, half-bad movie. Knowing it stars Nicolas Cage who won an Oscar for great acting and is now spending the rest of his career only making movies that require special effects. Whether or not he is a “loss” is subject to immense deliberation. Now knowing (no pun intended) he stars in this movie is also a half-good, half-bad king of thing. After all, it might turn out to be The-Rock-great, or 8-MM-kind-of-crap. Anyway, Knowing is a predictable movie regardless of what really happens next.

Once again, he is playing his sad/loser self which I believe seems to reflect my life. Buwahaha. Once again, there’s an irritating know-it-all-kid which seemed to first appear in my consciousness during the Jerry Maguire decade. Once again, there is an out-of-control-woman played by Rose Byrne who I adored in Wicker Park.

Now the movie is like something M. Night Shyamalan might reject as a script. This is because although the movie speaks of “signs” and “end of the world”, it still has some logic in it. But that doesn’t mean it’s all too good as well.

There are some still corny in betweens and that very confused state reminiscent to most Pinoy flicks where the audience (read as me) does not know whether the movie is supposed to be funny or scary. And oh, I was so prepared some purely angelic and “Book of Revelations” kind of ending (which I believe is really scary, because I know I haven’t been really good these days), but to still have some alienish kind of reference, just killed it for me.

I’d recommend that you watch this movie vis-a-vis the likes of “Fast and the Furious” and “Monster vs. Aliens”. However, if you were in my case who opted to catch the last full show at Trinoma at the spur of a moment while watching Dr. House at home, please don’t ruin what could have been a wonderful evening.

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