April 14th, 2009

breaking bad

Knowing

I watched the film 'Knowing' which stars Nicholas Cage. I don't think I've ever said this before, and it surprises me to say it, but it's worth watching for the special effects. Saying no more than what is in the trailer: Nicholas Cage discovers an old piece of paper which predicts the time and place of a series of major disasters which have happened over the past 50 years, followed by one or two still to come. He therefore - and this is in the trailers - goes to check out the predicted disasters. These are rendered in a very realistic 'you were really there' way. Best disaster footage I think I've ever seen.

For the rest it is servicable, mediocre, competently but not inspiringly written and acted. The development outside of the rendition of disaster is like a thousand familiar Hollywood spooky/suspensful thrillers.

The script is very clever in one way - absolutely every line with any metaphysical content is written carefully so that it can be taken as either in line with mainstream Christianity or sceptical. It's as clever as advertising copy, in the way a clever person has worked to an obvious commercial imperative - offend neither the liberal nor the conservative camp.
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