The end is nigh

2009-07-03 00:00

OSCAR winner, Nicolas Cage, stars in Knowing, a gripping action-thriller about a professor who stumbles on terrifying predictions about the ­future and sets out to prevent them from coming true.

Directed by Alex Proyas (I, Robot), the film — which is being screened at SterKinekor Scottsville and CineCentre from today — opens in 1958 with a group of students drawing pictures of what they believe the future will be like. But one girl fills her ­paper with rows and rows of apparently random numbers, which she says are being whispered to her by ­unseen people.

A half-century later, their drawings are discovered in a time capsule and the girl’s cryptic message ends up in the hands of Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury), whose ­father, astrophysics professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage), makes a startling discovery — the encoded message predicts the dates, death tolls and co-ordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years with pinpoint accuracy.

As he unravels the document’s ­secrets, Koestler discovers that it foretells three additional catastrophes — the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale. But when he tries to warn the authorities, they refuse to listen.

Cage described Knowing as the kind of movie which has the ability to change people’s minds, adding: “I remember seeing The China Syndrome as a boy and it made me very aware that nuclear energy was a power to be respected.

“This film calls people’s attention to issues that we can all affect in some way. The end of the world is on people’s minds. We have the power to do it ourselves. The question is, what do you do with that responsibility?”

Also new at cinemas in Pietermaritzburg is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which has been showing at ­CineCentre since Wednesday.

The film has everything audiences loved about the first two Ice Age films , some memorable new characters and an immense underground world populated by dinosaurs.

This lush world provides a sharp contrast to the wintry environs of the first two Ice Age films, and is a land of danger, massive creatures, ­mammal-eating plants, a daredevil weasel, and a wily romantic foil for Scrat the squirrel, named Scratte.

While dealing with the challenge of this new world, the Ice Age gang also has to deal with the fact that Manny the mammoth and his wife Ellie are expecting a baby, Sid the sloth wants his own family, and Diego the saber-toothed tiger is feeling peeved about being treated like a pet cat.

 

 

STILL ON CIRCUIT

SterKinekor: State of Play; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; Terminator Salvation; Night At the Museum 2; Ghosts of Girlfriends Part; 17 Again.

CineCentre: State of Play; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; Terminator Salvation; Drag Me To Hell; Ghosts of Girlfriends Past; Night at the Museum 2; The Hangover.

NuMetro: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; Duplicity; Angels & Demons; Night at the Museum 2; Drag Me To Hell.

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