Still more lazy thoughts from this one…

CULT MOVIE REVIEW: Knowing (2009)

Love John Kenneth Muir’s examination of one of the most controversial films of the 00s. I love it, Roger Ebert too, and my bride hate, hate, hates it.

John Kenneth Muir

“…Man proposes, but God disposes; neither is the way of man in his own hands.”

– Thomas à Kempis (1380 – 1471 AD)

Knowing, the controversial and apocalyptic 2009 film directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow [1994], Dark City [1998], lands on The Big Issue of Human Existence during an early classroom scene set at M.I.T.

Astrophysicist, professor, and widower John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) debates with his students the competing values of “Determinism” and “Free Will” (or The “Random.”) The mechanisms of the Universe, he is certain, operate by one of these governing principles.

If Creation is of a Determinist nature, everything occurs for a reason. There is order in the universe…purpose.

On the other hand, if “Shit Just Happens,” and the universe is random in nature, Existence itself is the result of a chain of complex accidents with “no grand meaning,”…

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13 Responses to “CULT MOVIE REVIEW: Knowing (2009)”

    • le0pard13

      Great to hear it! I’m the same way, if I manage to catch it on some cable channel. Gotta watch it. Many thanks for joining in on KNOWING. 🙂

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  1. ruth

    I had no idea what this was about nor do I know it has some spiritual aspect, I think I avoided it as it’s got Nic Cage in his cash-grab mode, ahah. I might give it a shot if you love it though Michael.

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    • le0pard13

      I’m most interested to hear your thoughts on this! It’s an intriguing mix of spirituality and science. In either direction, even in its mix, it still manages to move me. Many thanks, Ruth. 🙂

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  2. Arlee Bird

    My wife and I both loved this films and we are also big Cage fans. I guess it’s all a love it or hate it sort of thing.

    I gave Knowing 5 star review on Amazon a few years ago and it started a onslaught of comments both in my favor and against me and into the who religious philosophical nature of the film. I’ve continued to get comments on that review to fairly recently.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    • le0pard13

      I’m in good company, for sure, with the film. Your wife and you, JKM, and Roger Ebert side with me. Yeah, but this work definitely splits viewers, though. I haven’t found one, who has seen it, in the middle with this. Thanks, Arlee! 🙂

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