NEW YORK (CNN) — The numbers were good for “Knowing.”
The film, about a physics professor who sees clues for disastrous events in a time capsule’s list of digits, overcame some pretty long odds at the box office — going against the Paul Rudd-Jason Segel comedy “I Love You, Man,” the Julia Roberts-Clive Owen romantic thriller “Duplicity” and some fairly scathing reviews — to emerge as the weekend’s No. 1 film.
Though star Nicolas Cage wouldn’t have predicted the outcome, in an interview before the film’s release, he did talk about the power of positive thinking.
“I’m a huge believer of the human spirit,” he told CNN. “I think people are amazing. I think what we have accomplished is incredible. … If you think positive and you apply the guts and ingenuity that mankind has been doing forever, at least in our existence, I believe we get through anything.”
Cage’s character, John Koestler, is a science professor whom Cage describes as “someone who is reawakening to his faith.” He begins the film believing that everything is random, but as the film continues — and he seeks to alert the world of a coming catastrophe — “he believes there is cause and effect and perhaps even a divine mind,” Cage said.
The film begins in 1959, with students burying items in a time capsule at an elementary school. One of the children, however, creates an image of seemingly random numbers. Fifty years later, when the capsule is opened, Koestler’s son receives the page of numbers, and his father realizes that they correspond to major disasters of the past half-century.
Koestler determines that three events have yet to occur and sets out to meet the clairvoyant child’s now grown daughter. The final event threatens life on Earth itself, and the group begins a race against time, with unusual consequences. Continue reading