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Five(ish) Sci-Fi Movies Roger Ebert Championed More Than He Should Have

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knowingKnowing — (4 stars)
We’re fans of Alex Proyas here at GFR, with Dark City reining as one of the coolest dystopias in existence. But he took a walk on the wild and ludicrous side with 2009’s Knowing, a movie that somehow smashed together the conspiratorial weirdness of The Number 23 with the grand destructive scale of 2012. Ebert starts off by saying, “Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I’ve ever seen,” calling it frightening, suspenseful, intelligent, and awesome. Starring Nicolas Cage as an MIT astrophysics professor — come on! — Knowing hints at a fated doomsday that Cage must try and thwart before it’s too late, in some of the most ridiculous ways possible, which is apparently “expert and confident storytelling” in Ebert’s book.

Key Quote: “By ‘scientifically sound,’ I don’t mean anyone at MIT is going to find the plot other than preposterous. So it is — but not while the movie is playing. It works as science fiction, which often changes one coordinate in an otherwise logical world just to see what might happen.”

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  1. King Gerbil says:

    Gotta say, I am with him on Knowing. It was a fantastic movie, Nic Cage aside. Some of the scenes were incredibly intense.

    • JT says:

      With you on that. Loved Knowing. Actually I think I gave it a really positive review for GFR: http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/movie-review-knowing.html

      Obviously Nick disagrees and I think he’s probably in the majority on it. Most people seemed to hate it at the time.

      • renegadesix says:

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        Go ahead and ban me here too, you hypocritical sell out.

        • coip says:

          You feel that sting?

          That’s pride.

          I win.

          • renegadesix says:

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            coip renegadesix 8 hours ago
            That surely must sting a little.

            Poor guy. No more spreading your hate on Cinema Blend? That’s too bad. I’m sure no one will miss you, but you were warned. Nothing personal.

            I win

            ————————

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    • Matthew Buczynski says:

      Absolutely agree with you on Knowing. I have never understood how people can judge a movie to be crap or great just by who is in a title role.

      Never understood why people are so against Nick Cage either to be honest.

  2. baros62 says:

    KNOWING is an excellent film. Nick always gets shit on so, therefore, his movies are crappy. I think not. I also think THE HAPPENING
    is a frightening situation film that could seriously happen in one way or another. The only beef I have is that it never explains why.
    POMPEII was visually stunning and historically correct. This 2013 version is the best one of all films made about that tragedy.

  3. Jim_A says:

    :O Roger gave HOW MANY stars to The Crappening !??

  4. TronSheridan says:

    I liked all of those movies except The Happening. That movie was absolute rubbish.
    Also, was six pages really necessary?

  5. Jays_Law says:

    Prometheus is a classic. A messy one, but a classic nonetheless. Sometimes, a film transcends its problems and for me, Prometheus does it. By the way, I actually like Shaw more in her debut than Ripley. I like Alien and all, but it’s not as if characterization was its strong suit. I remember Alien for its amazing directorial choices by Ridley Scott and while Ripley being the one that survives was certainly groundbreaking from a feminist perspective, she wasn’t exactly a fleshed out character. People remember Ripley more because of Aliens rather than Alien.

    So yea, Shaw has the more impressive debut. Of course, even with Aliens, I still like Shaw more than Ripley but that’s just personal preference rather than anything to do with the writing.

  6. Gary says:

    “In honor of arguably the last great movie critic, we decided to take a look back at five of his more egregious sci-fi reviews” …and totally crap on his face.

    Unnecessary article.

    • magusxxx says:

      I agree. This was the man who gave Treasure Planet a thumbs up only because “it’s the only kids movies being released right now.” Funny how only Disney released material ever got this kind of consideration.