Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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KNOWING Cert 12A, 125 mins .. .. .. .. ..

FOR a movie with absolutely no sense of humour, Alex Proyas's sci-fi action thriller manages to raise a few laughs.

Sadly, they are at, rather than with, this lumbering story of a world about to self-destruct.

The premise at least is intriguing. A new elementary school buries a time capsule filled with the children's ideas of what the future might hold. A strange little girl, who looks as if she's straight out of a horror movie, merely writes out a series of numbers. Fifty years later a young boy finds the code in the capsule and his dad, an astrophysics professor (Nicolas Cage), cracks it. He finds that it predicts every natural or unnatural disaster in perfect sequence.

He thus knows the fate of the world and desperately tries to prevent it. He is helped when he finds the daughter (Rose Byrne) and granddaughter (Chandler Canterbury) of the now deceased author of the prophecies. If he can't save himself, he is determined to save his son.

A little Cage often goes a long way, and it does here in a palpably overlong movie. But Proyas, who also wrote the screenplay, provides two notable action sequences: one of a plane crash and the other of a train disaster, both foretold. What we get after that goes into the realms of pure science fiction and loses credibility.

Knowing, though the story of disasters, isn't a total disaster itself.

It's just too ambitious for its own good.

THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES Cert 15, 90 mins .. .. .. .. ..

TWO young schoolgirls are faced with an Uzi-wielding young killer who has already laid waste to half their school in Vadim Perelman's adaptation of Laura Kasischke's novel. Later we see one survivor, Diana, grown up and unable to come to terms with what happened. She is comfortably married to a college professor with a daughter on the cusp of adulthood and, on the 15th anniversary of the school shooting, finds her life haunted and fractured.

Perelman mixes past and present cleverly and secures good performances from Uma Thurman as the adult Diana and Evan Rachel Wood and Eva Amurri as the two young friends. …

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