If you have been following my season of Nicolas Cage films that are currently available to purchase on Blu-ray in the UK you will have seen quite a varied selection films. Today’s film is a sci-fi thriller from 2009, so without further ado here’s my The Knowing blu-ray review.
- Knowing (2009)
- Genre: Sci-fi Thriller
- Directed by Alex Proyas
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Entertainment One
- Blu-ray Released: 3 August 2009
When a school time capsule is opened fifty years later the contents are shared around the school’s pupils. Caleb Koestler receives a strange piece of paper covered in seemingly random numbers. When his father Professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) examines it he realises the numbers seem to correspond to incidents in history and the amount of people that died. Even more intriguing is there are still a few days to go meaning he could potentially see into the future and possibly stop the fatal accidents.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Alex Proyas with the cinematography handled by Simon Duggan. Overall the film is well made and moves along at a good pace. The special effects look pretty good and help to bring this thriller to life.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Marco Beltrami and suits the genre of film rather well.
Acting / Characters
Nicolas Cage drives the film on as Professor Jonathan Koestler a man that has already lost his wife in a tragic accident and will do anything to ensure the safety of his son. Cage as you would expect excels at this sort of thing and makes compelling viewing.
Elsewhere there are three key children characters involved in the story all of which play their part well with Chandler Canterbury as Jonathan Koestler’s son Caleb particularly good.
- Nicolas Cage as Professor Jonathan Koestler
- Chandler Canterbury as Caleb Koestler
- Nadia Townsend as Grace Koestler
- Alan Hopgood as Reverend Koestler
- Benita Collings as Mrs. Koestler
- Adrienne Pickering as Allison Koestler
- Rose Byrne as Diana Wayland / Lucinda Embry-Wayland
- Ben Mendelsohn as Professor Phil Beckman
- Alethea McGrath as Priscilla Taylor (2009)
- Danielle Carter as Priscilla Taylor (1959)
Conclusion: Knowing (2009) Film Review
Knowing is both intriguing and exciting in equal measure, it’s a thriller not to be missed. Nicolas Cage puts in another excellent performance whilst the overall story makes compelling viewing.
If you enjoyed my Knowing blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Virtuosity (1995)
- Chain Reaction (1996)
- Next (2007)
- Drive Angry (2011)
- Justice (2011)
- Stolen (2012)
- Left Behind (2014)
Conclusion: Knowing Blu-ray Review
With the film being from 2009 as you might expect the picture quality is perfect. Now let’s take a quick look at what extras are included. “Know All: The Making of a Futuristic Thriller” is a short feature that provides a look behind the scenes along with interviews and is certainly worth watching. “Visions of the Apocalypse” expands and explores the films story.
- Audio Commentary with Director Alex Proyas
- Know All: The Making of a Futuristic Thriller (13 mins)
- Visions of the Apocalypse (17 mins)
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
On to my movie rating for Knowing (2009)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: VERY GOOD
Amazon UK Links
Knowing (2009) is available now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
So that’s my Knowing blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:
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Summary: Knowing (2009) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Knowing (2009)
Duration: 116 mins
Director(s): Alex Proyas
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Nadia Townsend, Alan Hopgood, Benita Collings, Adrienne Pickering, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Alethea McGrath, Danielle Carter
Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Knowing is both intriguing and exciting in equal measure, it’s a thriller not to be missed.