“I’m not saying that 81 people are going to die tomorrow, okay? I’m just trying to understand why this is saying they will!”
Considering how much critics and audiences seem to hate Alex Proyas’ 2009 film Knowing, it’s surprising that it actually did fairly well at the box office. We don’t know if that’s proof that people actually like it, but it was hated enough that Andy felt it was appropriate to call it a guilty pleasure of his. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we finish up our short and fun Guilty Pleasure Series with Proyas’ Knowing. Andy talks about why he loves it so much, and Pete talks about what he likes about it while pointing out all the problems he has with it. We debate the merits of what it’s trying to do with what is actually presented to us. We chat about the stunning visual effects work, particularly the plane crash, how they went about creating it and why. We discuss the performances, primarily Nicolas Cage’s and Rose Byrne’s, and how they work for us (if at all). And we look at the importance of scope in the film — does a payoff need to be sized to its setup? It’s a great conversation about a much maligned film. Andy’s not sure he won Pete over but it’s still one that Andy holds dear. Check it out, tune in, then let us know what you think!
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- Ebert’s Review
- Ebert’s Response to the Critics