Director Alex Proyas' 2009
science fiction thriller KNOWING casts Nicolas Cage
and Rose Byrne as an ill-fated pair who must learn
to work together to solve a numerological mystery
that predicts the end of the world. Cage plays
Jonathan Koestler, an MIT astrophysicist who
realizes that a strange document pulled from his
son's elementary school time capsule is actually a
timeline of world disasters that have unfolded since
1958 and that a precious few days remain before the
last scheduled catastrophe kills everyone on earth.
Nicolas Cage is no stranger to movies
about code breaking, so his performance in KNOWING leads his
fans straight back to his work in National Treasure (2004)
in which Cage plays an archaeologist who believes there is a
treasure map imprinted upon the Declaration of Independence
and again in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007). Cage
takes on the doomsday document found inside a time capsule
and spends much of the film KNOWING trying to solve the
numerical mystery and outrun the world's fate.
KNOWING director Alex Proyas' artful
depiction of the end of the world is very much in keeping
with his reputation as an innovative filmmaker with a
genuine talent for large scale science fiction productions.
Establishing himself in the world of visual arts, the young
lensman got his start in music videos and TV commercials.
Throughout the 1990s his credits include big budget
international ads for Nike, Coca-Cola and American Express
which paved the way to his first feature film The Crow
(1994). Sadly the film is remembered for the on-set death of
leading man Brandon Lee, a tragedy which overshadowed Proyas'
As a successful commercial director, Proyas' is known for
his supernatural cityscapes and deft handling of special
effects. One of his early efforts, Dark City (1998) was
lauded by critics for its seamless blending of Noir and
SciFi traditions and garnered the young director cult
status, though it performed poorly at the box office. Prior
to his work on KNOWING, the director's summer blockbuster I,
Robot (2004) - featuring Will Smith as a Chicago police
detective at war with a cyborg army - yielded nearly $350
million in sales worldwide.
KNOWING takes the end of the world
scenario to its darkest conclusion when stars Nicolas Cage
and Rose Byrne successfully team up to solve the mystery of
a doomsday document penned by her mother but ultimately fail
to stop the predicted apocalypse. Born in Australia and cast
in a series of local productions, Byrne first appeared in a
very small role in a major American feature film (Star Wars
- Attack of the Clones) in 2002. She went on to more
significant parts in Troy in 2004 and the lead in Paul
McGuigan's romantic thriller Wicker Park.
Cast in the leading role in TVs Damages brought Rose Byrne
to celebrity status and earned her the female lead in
KNOWING. Portraying the daughter of a troubled child who's
contribution to a 1958 time capsule predicts the end of the
world, Byrne plays the perfect romantic foil to scientist
Nicolas Cage as he confronts the consequences of KNOWING
when the world will end before anyone else.