I really hate it when movies get concluded by aliens abducting children. It’s such a blatant deus ex machina. It’s one thing when a movie is built around an alien invasion, so you know from the start there’ll be aliens romping about. But when as far as you’re concerned it’s moving as a thriller and out of the blue a spaceship shows up after 2 hours and takes children up with it, it kills the integrity of the entire plot before it. I just paid money to be disappointed by just that in Knowing, and I distinctly remember my jaw being on the floor of the cinema a few years ago when I saw the same thing happen in The Forgotten, which (unlike Knowing), I was actually enjoying up till that point.
Another gripe I had was the whole bit about the 2 kids going up the spaceship with 2 rabbits. Wait, where in the hell did the rabbits come from? The first thing that came to mind when I saw that bit was some weird Noah’s Ark reference (in smaller budget), and that’s annoying enough too. If you wanna reference the Bible in a film, you better make it a damn good parody – take yourself too seriously with it and you’re a failure. Fail.
I also hate the final scene, which took place right after the spaceships left with the kids. It felt like the sorta visual you’d watch when you’re tripping on substance or something, and felt even more uncalled for than the spaceships a minute before it did. For all the trippy films I’ve watched before, that scene was up among the most ridiculous and most pointless, and least amusing. Nowhere in the entire hulabaloo of watching Nicolas Cage panicking his ass off all over the place could I ever have been prepared for that damned final scene; if I could’ve foreseen it I would’ve spent the rest of the time asleep.
And then there’s the aliens. Whyyyy do they have to look like trashy gay German Eurodancers? It’s as if Eurythmics hired a bunch of closet-homosexual neo-Nazis to be backup dancers in their latest music video or something. The interesting bit about this is, though, that they’re referred to as “The Strangers”. Knowing’s director, Alex Proyas, did a film 11 years ago called Dark City, which also incorporated a group of alien characters known as The Strangers. This film I loved, and these Strangers were awesome, with alot of depth to them and how they worked. It seems as if his portrayal of them in Dark City was a timeless one, like, put them into any of the last few decades of film and they’d be relevant, but the ones he portrayed in Knowing belong only in the 80s; no later and no earlier. Also, The Strangers in Dark City had Richard O’Brien for a lead character actor, which was a big plus point to them in that one. Besides, Mr Proyas, it’s fucking lazy of you to recycle your character titles like that, especially since the Strangers 11 years ago had rather differing intentions to the ones in Knowing.
Director: Alex Proyas
Producers: Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal & Steve Tisch
Screenwriters: Ryne Douglas Pearson, Juliet Snowden & Stiles White
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Lara Robinson