We recently replaced my Dad's telly with a Sony KDL-40W5500; one of the reasons being it does a reasonable job of upscaling SD video from his cable box (he's not far off getting some HD broadcast reception - closer after this evening); but I wanted to show him what the new TV is capable of.
I hooked up the laptop over HDMI and we just watched Knowing in 1080p.
Well, first of all - it looked hamayzing. I doubt the cinematography and CGI are at the absolute bleeding-edge of what Hollywood can deliver, but it was still pretty damn impressive - particularly the scenes showing the dramatic/disasterous events which are crucial to the story.
Anyway, on to the film 'proper' - has anyone else seen this? What did you think?
I think I'd give it a solid 7 out of 10. The screen-play was pretty good imho - I kind of like those movies which develop slowly and build intruige, I think it's fair to say this movie does that. The script itself was OK, I guess there are bits of quite a lot of other movies in it; but there are enough differences to keep it interesting.
I'm never sure whether I'd describe myself as someone who has Nicolas Cage on a pedestal as an actor; I think his performances are often pretty similar, exasperated like a lot of Clint Eastwood's more average stuff. That said, I think it worked pretty well in this movie.
I won't give the end away, but while it's a relatively happy-conclusion, it's not quite as predictable in the 'hero saves the world and gets the girl' kind of way; and that scores some points with me too. The very final scene, showing the outcome (if you will) was a little bit sentimental for my liking, but it didn't do any harm to my impression of the film as a whole.
If you want 90+ minutes of constant action, you might want to look elsewhere; also if you want a seriously complicated twisty-and-turny plot, again there are probably better movies for you to watch. However, if you like a balance of those things, it's probably worth a look.
I'm pretty interested to hear what anyone else thinks of it...