Knowing is an unusual big budget summer blockbuster. A disaster movie with a spiritual centre, well constructed plot, and a satisfying thematic cohesion. The success of the film at the box office is all the more surprising when one considers the talents in front of and behind the camera. After the surreal and gothic flair of the dystopian duo The Crow (1994) and Dark City (1998) Egyptian direction Alex Proyas has largely been responsible for lukewarm and vapid entertainments such as I Robot (2004). Meanwhile the stock of Nicholas Cage continues to plummet with such recent forgettable dross as a remake of Bangkok Dangerous (2008) and the mindless action vehicle Next (2007). How he shapes up in Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) remains one of the most intriguing propositions in recent cinema. Nevertheless despite such misfortunes Proyas and Cage somehow manage to pull off a thought provoking, literate and entertaining effects laden blockbuster that also holds one or two surprises.