Knowing (2009)

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M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe. (IMDb)

Cheesy acting and bland dialogue throughout are overcome by a story that-while scattered-is stocked full of so many interesting ideas (on death and the future, with strong religious undertones), genre shifts (from chilling horror-cue silent stalkers, creaky houses, kids who hear voices-to disaster thriller-the set pieces are excellent-to apocalyptic drama-see the drive through New York-to even alien sci-fi), and bold twists (see the third act death and departure) that it refuses to be ignored.

7/10 (Good)

 

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