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Knowing (2009/Summit Blu-ray/DVD)

 

Picture: B-/C†††† Sound: B/B-†††† Extras: D†††† Film: D

 

 

I like Nicolas Cage and Director Alex Proyas, especially with Proyas coming off of I, Robot and Garage Days, so I hoped Cage would have his best film since Ghost Rider, but we landed up with Knowing instead and it is one of those films that starts out with some real promise.Then, slowly, sadly, the film falls apart when it goes from interesting, to pushing its lick, to barely being able to suspend disbelief to collapsing when it did not need to.Too bad, though it was a hit everywhere (even on a limited basis in the U.S.), so someone enjoyed it.

 

However, this critic was not one of them.Cage is a single father whose son is the recipient of one of many letters in a time capsule left there a half-century ago.The specific letter is from a disturbed young lady (as we find out in flashback), but it turns out she is being possessed.Then mysterious blond guys who donít speak show up, blasts of light occur and so do wild disasters.Cage tries to figure out the meaning of the letter, which is a secret code.

 

Unfortunately, the screenplay (including Ryne Douglas Pearson, who wrote the especially awful and worst-than-this Mercury Rising) is clueless about what it is doing and that leaves Cage with some unintentionally funny moments and a shell of a story that could have been so much more.Rose Byrne turns up and that is a plus, but she canít save this either, all the way to the awful ending.

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot on a 4K Redcode RAW HD Camera and sadly, the limits on the Blu-ray show throughout with a surprising lack of detail and other image flaws that disappoint.The anamorphically enhanced DVD is even worse and is seriously image-challenged.The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless sound on the Blu-ray is better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 options in both formats, with some good surrounds, but a soundfield that never totally works except when the action kicks in.The Blu-ray is preferred by default.

 

Extras include two making of featurettes and an audio commentary by Proyas that shows he was trying, but this simply got away from him and is his poorest feature in a very long time.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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