Knowing (2009)

Director: Alex Proyas
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, Lara Robinson, D.G. Maloney, Nadia Townsend, Alan Hopgood, Adrienne Pickering, Danielle Carter, Tamara Donnellan, Ben Mendelsohn

Starting in 1959 a new school decided to make a time capsule to be opened fifty years in the future. One class is asked to draw picture of things they imagine the future to be like. One child Lucinda (Lara Robinson) starts hearing voices and her message for the time capsule comprises of a set of numbers. Teacher Miss Taylor (Danielle Carter) is worried about Lucinda and when she goes missing a search finds her in a closest with her hands covered in blood.

Fast forward fifty years to the year 2009 John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) an astrophysicist and single father of Caleb (Chandler Canterbury). Caleb is partial deaf and as soon as the time capsule opens starts hearing similar voices. Caleb gets the letter that Lucinda wrote assuming its nothing he keeps it. Caleb uses videos of his late mother to help him fall asleep at night.

John having a drink and watching television and spills some and accidentally puts the glass on the letter unwilling circling some numbers. These numbers surprise him and he sets out on some research discovering that every disaster date and number of deaths on in a series. The morning after John discusses his findings with a fellow scientist and friend Phil (Ben Mendelsohn). Knowing there are three disasters yet to happen John sets out on his plan to find out how true these numbers are.

Meeting Diana Wavland (Rose Byrne) who is the daughter of Lucinda and her daughter Abby (Lara Robinson). John and Caleb start to get to know and start working together to stop a disaster happening. Caleb get haunted by The Stranger (D.G. Maloney) a man who keeps to the shadows and knows things which will be happening. We are left to wonder what disasters will be occurring in the next few months and who is the stranger.

Putting this against other disaster movies this can stand out being as its something different something we didn’t see coming. The action scenes are well constructed from plane crash to the train wreck. Not one of Nicolas Cage’s best performances but he doesn’t need to deliver to the high standards some other action movies he has starred in have asked for. The overall story will keep you guessing right up to the shock ending and must watch.

My rating 91%

The Bourne Identity (2002)

Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Gabriel Mann, Julia Stiles, Tim Dutton, Nicky Naude
Starting off when a mysterious man (Matt Damon) if found by fisherman almost dead in the ocean. The fisherman nurse the man back to health, Finding a L.E.D with a bank number in Zurich the man head for the bank.
Upon arriving at the bank and going to get the box that is filled with money currency from all over the world and several passports revealing his name Jason Bourne. Going onto the Embassy the authorities try to capture Jason only for Jason to escape using Marie (Franke Potente) to help him get to Paris.
While Jason is trying to figure out who he is the American government are trying to locate him. Conklin (Chris Cooper) is heading the team under Ward Abbott’s (Brian Cox) order to cover up their assassination attempt on Wombosi (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Conklin orders Nicolette (Julia Syiles) to arrange hit men to complete the job and take out Bourne. The Hit man include The Professional (Clive Owen) and Castel (Nicky Naude).

Having some close combat fight scenes and a high speed chase in an old school mini around Paris. Jason always keeps calm through out the story what ever the situation he finds himself in,

This edge of your seat action thriller shows how a covert agent can be disposed off so easily by their government. Jason keeps one step ahead through out the film seemly knowing every trick that will be pulled off. Add in the conspiracy theory giving this movie more tension.

A great action thriller 89%