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Knowing (2009)

  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 96,384 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 20 March 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 121 min
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  • IMDb page: Knowing (2009)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 96,384 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 20 March 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 121 min
  • Filming Location: Camberwell High School, Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Budget: $50,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $79,948,113(USA)(5 July 2009)
  • Director: Alex Proyas
  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury and Rose Byrne
  • Original Music By: Marco Beltrami   
  • Soundtrack: The Planets: Op. 43: IV Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Number | School | Disaster | Time Capsule | Student

Writing Credits By:

  • Ryne Douglas Pearson (screenplay) and
  • Juliet Snowden (screenplay) &
  • Stiles White (screenplay)
  • Ryne Douglas Pearson (story)

Known Trivia

  • Richard Kelly was originally set to write and direct the project.
  • The perceptual phenomenon of people looking for patterns in randomness (number strings, faces in trees, shapes in clouds etc.) is called Apophenia.
  • The piece of classical music we hear at the start and again at the very end of the film is Ludwig van Beethoven’s “7th Symphony Major, 2nd Movement – Allegretto in A Minor”. Completed in 1812 and dedicated to his friend Count Moritz von Fries, the work premiered in Vienna at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau and was encored.
  • The predicament of being able to see future disaster while fearing no-one will believe you is called “The Cassandra Complex”, after a Greek myth.
  • The school in the movie is William Dawes Elementary. William Dawes was one of the riders who, like Paul Revere, warned the minutemen that British troops were coming. Just like a child at his namesake school was trying to warn people what was coming.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: heard during the subway crash.
  • The text of the time capsule plaque reads, “We, the 3rd grade class of William Dawes Elementary School, in the year of 1959 A.D., hereby commit our visions of the future as a token of hope and friendship toward our successors, the class of 2009 A.D.”
  • John reads a newspaper story about Lucinda Embry’s 1988 death, written by “Carl Braga, Staff Writer.” Carl Braga was a screen graphics designer for the film.
  • After realizing that the cataclysm will come in the form of a coronal mass ejection (CME), John Koestler states that the effects would be on the order of 100 microtesla. Geomagnetic storms are measured by magnetic disruptions at the Earth’s equator, expressed in nanotesla. A strong storm would be 100 to 200 nanotesla. Therefore, a 100 microtesla event would be 1,000 times stronger than this and certainly cause the disruptions to electronic devices as portrayed in the film.
  • It took Alex Proyas three months to shoot the film, about half the time it took to shoot I, Robot. He credits the use of digital technology for being able to shoot so quickly and efficiently.

Goofs: Continuity: During the subway seen, Nicholas Cage is seen running at the woman with the baby, behind him you see 3 people go flying into the side of the subway cart when the derailed one hits it. At the end of the crash it's only Nicholas Cage and the woman in the car.

Plot: A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions — some that have already occurred and others that are about to — that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold. Full summary »  »

Story: In the fall of 1959, for a time capsule, students draw pictures of life as they imagine it will be in 50 years. Lucinda, an odd child who hears voices, swiftly writes a long string of numbers. In 2009, the capsule is opened; student Caleb Koestler gets Lucinda's "drawing" and his father John, an astrophysicist and grieving widower, takes a look. He discovers dates of disasters over the past 50 years with the number who died. Three dates remain, all coming soon. He investigates, learns of Lucinda, and looks for her family. He fears for his son, who's started to hear voices and who is visited by a silent stranger who shows him a vision of fire and destruction. What's going on?Written by <>  


Synopsis: The movie opens at an elementary school in Lexington, Massachusetts, 1959. At the playground, we see little Lucinda staring into the distance as if she is witnessing some catastrophic event. The teacher, Miss Taylor, repeatedly instructs Lucinda to come back into the class when the recess period ends. During the class session Miss Taylor tells the students that as part of a celebration, the students will be writing/drawing predictions for the future and placing them in a time capsule. She tells them this is Lucinda’s idea (important later). As they start writing, we see Lucinda in a trance, furiously scribbling seemingly random numbers onto a sheet. It appears that mysterious voices are controlling Lucinda’s thoughts and actions. After asking the students to stop writing, Miss Taylor practically rips the sheet from Lucinda due to her trance like state.

During the ceremony, we see a crowd gathered as the time capsule is lowered into the school grounds. In the distance we can see Lucinda alone and staring at the proceedings. A few minutes later Miss Taylor notices Lucinda gone from her spot. This sparks a search party, as Lucinda seemed to vanish. Eventually Miss Taylor finds Lucinda in a school closet storage space, her fingers bloodied as she scratched even more numbers onto the wooden door. She is still crying and acting as if in a trance.

The movie then flash forwards to the present day 50 years later. We are introduced to M.I.T. professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) and his son Caleb at their house. John is cooking hot dogs for his son (who is holding a white pet rabbit). They talk about the possibility of intelligent life in outer space, and after dinner Caleb is in his bedroom watching his favourite show about tigers. After Caleb is asleep we see John drinking from a bottle of whiskey, and here we realize he is still coping with the devastating loss of his wife.

The next day we see John giving a lecture to his class about determinism. Determinism is believing that everything that happens in the world is caused by something that happened before it, a deliberate cause and effect. The flip side is everything that happens in this world, even evolution, was all random, accidental, and without any order. When asked by a student what he believes in, John replies, s**t happens. After the lecture, he is talking to his colleague Phil when he realizes he is missing his sons school celebration where they are opening the same time capsule shown at the beginning of the movie.

When he gets to the celebration he sees honoured guest Miss Taylor giving a speech, and then the capsule is opened. Miss Taylor starts handing out the various letters and drawings to the current students. As if by chance, Miss Taylor hands Lucinda’s page of numbers to Caleb (all the other students get drawings of what the future would be like). As Caleb opens the letter and looks at it, he notices a strange looking man in the distance dressed in a trench coat, and starts to hear voices in his head. This shows that there is some sort of tie between young Caleb and Lucinda as both can hear voices. Caleb takes the letter home.

During dinner that evening, John notices the unusual letter with numbers sticking out of Caleb’s backpack. After realizing it was from the time capsule, he admonishes him for taking it and sends him to sleep. A few moments later, when John goes to Caleb’s room for his customary tuck in, he notices Caleb watching old home videos of his mother, instead of tucking him in, John closes the door and starts drinking heavily. As he pours himself drink after drink, he accidentally overfills his cup and spills alcohol everywhere. He goes to the kitchen to find something to wipe up the mess with when he notices that he placed his cup over Lucinda’s letter. This time, he takes an even closer look at the page of numbers and has an idea. He walks over to his chalkboard, picks out a small group of numbers, and writes them on the board. After a few tries of grouping them in different combinations with no meaning, he suddenly finds the date of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack within the numbers, along with the total number of victims. Startled, he writes the entire page of numbers onto the board, and with the help of the Internet, he finds the number groupings seem to predict the dates of every major catastrophic event of the past 50 years along with the body count. There are a few groups of numbers left that are not circled and accounted for, meaning that these numbers may predict future events.

He tells his colleague Phil about the numbers and is met with ridicule, and John storms out of the office. Determined, John tracks down Miss Taylor at her home. He finds out about Lucinda, and how she disappeared, and how they found her in the closet when she scratched numbers onto the door (again, important later). Unfortunately, Miss Taylor tells him that Lucinda died a while ago.

At his house John is suddenly startled by his sister Grace, who is worried about how he is still coping with his wife’s death and how he doesn’t talk to their father. After a few tense moments, John asks her to leave.

Later that afternoon we see Caleb playing soccer by himself in the front lawn. John is on the phone trying to hunt down more leads, when a black car filled with several of the mysterious looking strangers approaches Caleb. One of them reaches out of the window and hands him a smooth black stone. John sees this and rushes outside but the men leave. That evening and throughout the night, John stays awake searching the latest television news updates for any possible catastrophic event that could be a part of the remaining groups of numbers.

The next day John oversleeps and forgets to pick up his son from school. He calls Caleb and tells him he is on his way. On his way to pick up his son, John finds himself stuck on a highway due to an accident. He phones Phil to apologize for their meeting earlier. He then uses his truck’s GPS system to try and find an alternate route, but it shows that there are none. All of a sudden he notices the present latitude/longitude coordinates on the GPS system, and looks at Lucinda’s letter and notices the same group of numbers (previously he had only circled the dates of disasters but was unable to find meaning in the other encircled groups of numbers; now he realizes these numbers are the coordinate locations of the disasters)! He gets out of his truck and approaches the accident site. As he is talking to the police, an airplane comes out of nowhere and crashes directly into the path of his truck before continuing on to the fields next to the highway, where it further destructs. We next see a powerful and disturbing sequence of the aftermath of the crash. John does what he can to help the survivors, many of who are burning and in terrible pain, as explosions are still going off, before rescue workers hold him back.

When he gets home his sister is waiting for him with Caleb. He asks her not to tell Caleb what happened. Caleb repeatedly asks him what happened but John will not answer and Caleb storms off crying. Later that night Caleb is awakened in his room by one of the strangers, who points to the window. As Caleb goes to the window he is greeted by a horrifying sight, a terrible forest fire and hundreds of animals being burned alive. As he screams, John rushes up to his room to comfort him, and then he notices the stranger again outside the house standing by the trees. He attempts to confront him but is gone by the time he gets outside.

The next day John and Caleb track down Diana and her daughter Abby. Diana is the daughter of little Lucinda we meet in the beginning. They are at a museum when John uses Caleb as a ploy to start a discussion with Diana. He invites them for drinks and they walk to the restaurant. There John reveals the truth that in fact it wasn’t a random meeting, but that he tracked her down due to her mother and the page of numbers. He tells her the truth about the numbers, and wants her help. Angered by this deception, Diana storms off with Abby; even as John pleads that he wants to save his son.

Later on, John is at home when his attention is grabbed by a television news alert of a possible terrorist attack in New York. When he inputs the location into a map online, the coordinates match with one of the number groupings in the letter. With a sense of urgency he anonymously calls from a pay phone and tells them to block off the area.

The next day he has his sister babysit Caleb, and drives himself to New York on a personal mission to try and do what he can about the potential terrorist threat. When he gets to the location, he notices it is not blocked off by the police. He angrily confronts a police officer, and then runs off to a nearby subway station to avoid being detained by the police, who begin pursuing him. Believing this is the area where an attack may occur, he starts scanning the area for any suspicious activity. As he walks down the platform he notices a suspicious looking man holding a large object underneath his jacket. As their eyes meet, the man suddenly sprints off, and John goes after him believing him to be the threat, and a nearby police officer notices them. They both get on the train right before it takes off, followed by the police.

As they both near the front of the train, John starts warning people, particularly a young pregnant woman, to clear the train at the next stop. The police then catch up to them and try to arrest John. After John pleads his case that the man he was chasing is the threat, the police then switch their attention to the man.

Suddenly, the man drops what he was hiding, a bunch of DVDs he has stolen. We next see the tracks being improperly switched, and this causes the train to veer onto the wrong tracks and straight into the path of a parked train at full speed. The train goes off the tracks and creates a path of death and destruction as it careers out of control through the crowded platform. After the crash we see John solemnly walking out of the station along with other survivors, covered in dust. Even though he was not able to prevent the disaster from happening, this event to John is the final proof that the numbers are meant to predict past and future disasters. It also seems to indicate that for some reason he is the chosen one that discovered this.

When John gets back home, he notices Diana and Abby sitting outside his house. She is now sympathetic to him, and they all drive to Lucinda’s old trailer out in the middle of the woods to find more clues. As they drive she shares with him that her mother told her that she would die on October 22 (in a few days). That is also the date that is in the final groupings of numbers (which are ended by what appears to be the backwards double letter E). She also talks about finding her dead body in the bedroom. He shares with her how his wife died. She died from a hotel room fire, and when she died he was out in the front of the house doing yard work. He tells her that he always believed that people deeply in love have a psychic connection even when apart, but when she died he felt nothing, and that is why he believes in the randomness of things.

When they get to the trailer, they leave the kids in the truck and walk inside. In the main room John notices numerous newspaper clippings of disasters around the world pasted on the wall. At the far end of the room he notices a drawing of Judgment Day with a picture of a large bright object in the middle. Walking into Lucinda’s bedroom, he notices a bible on the desk. As they are walking out of the room, he stumbled on something, and notices its a smooth black rock similar to the one Caleb received earlier. He looks under the bed and notices more rocks, then looks at the underside of the bed. Noticing some writing, he turns the bed over to expose the backside of the bed. It is covered everywhere with the writing, Everyone Else (the EE from the last part of the letter). John then realizes that the final prediction will affect everyone on the planet.

At this point the mysterious strangers appear again and approach the truck, and we can hear the mysterious voices start to appear. Hearing a scream, John and Diana run to the truck. Abby mentions that the men were talking to her and we realize that Abby, too, has the gift to hear voices. John grabs his gun and runs into the forest to confront one of the men. As he enters a clearing, he sees the man standing still facing away from him. He points his gun at him and orders him to turn around. The stranger does, and then opens his mouth as a bright shining light emanates from inside his body. This light blinds John and the stranger gets away.

Back at home; Abby gives John the Judgment Day picture that was in the trailer. John notices that she had coloured in the shining object in the middle of the drawing and made it look like the sun. This is when it suddenly dawns on John that the final event is related to the sun. They all drive to Johns lab office, where he meets Phil. John mentions to him about a hypothetical catastrophic solar flare model they worked on before. John says that in fact this model is of the earth, and that this flare will destroy life as we know it. He tells Phil to go home and spend time with his wife.

As he walks out he tells Diana about the coming disaster, and she breaks down and says she wants to protect her daughter. They both agree that they will try to hide out this event by going to some remote caves not known to the public. Going back to Johns place, they all scramble to gather clothes and supplies to take with them. John takes a moment to call his father on his cell phone. He tells him about the coming disaster, and asks him to take his mother and both find an underground shelter. His father refuses, saying that he is ready to die at any moment. The cell phone then goes dead, obviously being affected by the solar flares.

As they are packing, Johns thoughts go back to the last part of Lucinda’s letter, and he realizes that unlike the previous predictions, there were no coordinates. He then remembers Miss Taylor’s discussion about Lucinda scratching numbers onto the closet door.

They all rush to the school, much to Diana’s rising panic, as John breaks into the school and makes his way to the closet. He finds the closet but notices the door has been painted over. He takes off the door from its hinges and brings it back to his garage. Using a heating gun and scraper John frantically tries to find the numbers, as Diana’s panic rises to a fevered pitch. Thinking the solar flare could happen at any moment, Diana takes Abby and Caleb in her own car and drive off to the caves, leaving John. As soon as he finds the last set of numbers, he writes them down and runs out to his truck but realizes they are all gone.

Entering the numbers into the GPS he is shocked to find that the coordinates point to Lucinda’s trailer they previously visited. He takes off in his truck to find them. John is able to reach Diana on her cell phone, and he desperately tries to convince her to take both kids to Lucinda’s trailer instead of the caves. He then drops the bombshell on her that this flare will penetrate miles underground and will kill everyone, and that the only choice now is to go to the trailer. The conversation ends, and Diana stops at a gas station. As she goes to the pay window, she notices the television inside showing an emergency broadcast alert. The alert warns of the impending flare, and asks everyone to find underground shelter. As she is watching the alert, Caleb gets out of the car and calls his dad from a payphone. He is only able to tell his dad that they are at a gas station.

As Caleb is talking, he is taken by the mysterious stranger, who gets in Diana’s car and drives off with the two kids. Seeing this, Diana runs after them in a near hysterical state, and jumps into an idle SUV at one of the pumps to give chase. During the chase she sees several cars ahead of her stopped at an intersection. She swerves into the opposite lane, and as she crosses the intersection she is violently t-boned by a huge truck, causing the SUV to flip over and we see her unconscious.

Next, John drives into the gas station and locates the pay phone Caleb used. He sees the same smooth black stone on top of the phone. He asks the store clerk if he saw a lady with two kids and the clerk tells him the kids were abducted and she gave chase. We can see that a large group of people at the gas station are already panicking and creating a small riot by hoarding all the food items inside.

John takes off in the direction of the chase, and he comes across the intersection where Diana was hit. He walks to the rear of the ambulance where paramedics desperately try to revive her with no success. As they call her time of death, John notices it is just past midnight, signifying that it is now October 22, the date of the final disaster and Diana’s date of death predicted by her mother. After holding her hand and saying a few final parting words, John goes off to Lucinda’s trailer.

When he reaches the trailer he notices tyre tracks going off into the woods, and follows these tracks. When he gets to a clearing he notices the ground is covered in the exact same black smooth stones seen several times in the movie. Agonizing over his missing son, Caleb suddenly appears safe and calm, holding a white rabbit. He also finds Abby safe, and she tells John that they (being the mysterious strangers) told her that her mother is now in a safe place. We now realize that the reason why the stranger abducted Caleb and Anthony was because Diana was not going to take them to Lucinda’s trailer.

Caleb tells his dad that they are taking them away, meaning to a safer place away from the impending catastrophe. We then see four of the mysterious strangers standing in front of them.

We then see a pattern of lights high in the sky, and then out of the clouds an enormous spacecraft emerges. The bottom opens up and a huge orb like transporter is beamed to the ground. It is now apparent that these mysterious strangers are beings from another universe, and that they have come to save this family. As they get ready to move towards the orb, John sadly realizes that the aliens came to specifically save Caleb and Abbey, and not the adults. At first Caleb protests, but John convinces him that he will always be with him, and that he must go with Abby to be saved. After an emotional goodbye, Caleb and Abby walk towards the orb. As they do so, the strangers shed their human skins and reveal their true alien selves, bodies that give off bright lights. The orb goes back towards the mother ship and takes off into space. As the ship leaves the Earth, we notice hundreds of other ships also leaving, showing that many children from around the World were also being saved (John and Caleb’s story was only one of countless others).

John collapses and is awoken the next day by a light rain and eerie orange glow in the sky (the flares are starting). We see him driving through the city being destroyed by the approaching flare: buildings on fire, rising temperatures, and people in panic throughout the streets. As he drives on he sees his old partner Phil holding his wife on the street. He then stops in front of an apartment, where he sees his sister and parents inside. He tells his sister Caleb is in a safe place now. All four then have a group hug and hold onto each other as the flare incinerates and vaporizes everything in the city. The last shot of Earth is from space as it is breaking up.

We then see what appears to be the landscape of a far away planet, full of odd colours, yet sustaining plant life. The spaceship we saw earlier appears, and drops off young Caleb and Abby onto the surface with their pet rabbits before leaving. As they smile, we see more spaceships arrive to drop more children, and the final shot is of a huge and magnificent glowing tree in the background.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Todd Black known as producer
  • David J. Bloomfield known as executive producer (as David Bloomfield)
  • Jason Blumenthal known as producer
  • Topher Dow known as executive producer
  • Norman Golightly known as executive producer (as Norm Golightly)
  • Stephen Jones known as executive producer
  • Aaron Kaplan known as co-executive producer
  • Ryne Douglas Pearson known as co-producer
  • Sean Perrone known as co-executive producer
  • Alex Proyas known as producer
  • Steve Tisch known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Nicolas Cage known as John Koestler
  • Chandler Canterbury known as Caleb Koestler
  • Rose Byrne known as Diana
  • Lara Robinson known as Abby / Lucinda
  • D.G. Maloney known as The Stranger
  • Nadia Townsend known as Grace
  • Alan Hopgood known as Reverend Koestler
  • Adrienne Pickering known as Allison
  • Joshua Long known as Younger Caleb
  • Danielle Carter known as Miss Taylor (1959)
  • Alethea McGrath known as Miss Taylor (2009)
  • David Lennie known as Principal Clark (1959)
  • Tamara Donnellan known as Lucinda's Mother
  • Travis Waite known as Lucinda's Father
  • Ben Mendelsohn known as Phil Beckman
  • Gareth Yuen known as Donald
  • Lesley Anne Mitchell known as Stacey (as Lesley-Anne Mitchell)
  • Liam Hemsworth known as Spencer
  • Raymond Thomas known as Teacher
  • Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen known as Principal (2009)
  • Joanna Hunt-Prokhovnik known as Carpool Mate #1
  • Jake Bradley known as Boy
  • Jean-Michael Tan known as Carpool Mate #2
  • Rody Claude known as Patrolman
  • Nathaniel Kiwi known as Paramedic
  • Blair Venn known as Paramedic
  • Alyssa McClelland known as Flight Attendant
  • Joseph Clements known as FBI Agent
  • Susan Miller known as Police Officer
  • Harli Ames known as Man in Duffle Coat (as Harli Ammouchi)
  • Giovanni Bartuccio known as Transit Officer
  • Menik Gooneratne known as Woman with Baby
  • Christopher McLean known as Male Commuter (as Chris McLean)
  • Marc Lawrence known as Train Driver
  • Terry Camilleri known as Cashier
  • Erin Klein known as Jeep Driver
  • Angie Diaz known as Reporter
  • Breanne Bergs known as Reporter
  • Georgia Bolton known as Reporter
  • Jo Buckley known as Reporter
  • Archie Kirkland known as Student
  • Sara Reed known as Kid with Glasses
  • Ted Maynard known as News Anchor
  • Anna Anderson known as News Anchor
  • Kate Doherty known as News Anchor
  • Tony Porter known as News Anchor
  • Rob McPherson known as News Anchor (as Rob MacPherson)
  • David Whiteley known as Newscaster
  • Miles Paras known as Newscaster
  • Clare Chihambakwe known as Newscaster (as Claire Chihambakwe)
  • Michael C. Gwynne known as Coast Patrol Official (as Michael Gwynne)
  • Markus Hamilton known as Weatherman
  • Brendan Bacon known as Man on Sidewalk
  • Joel Bow known as Stranger
  • Maximillian Paul known as Stranger
  • Karen Hadfield known as Stranger
  • Matt Boesenberg known as Traffic Cop (as Matthew Boesenberg)
  • Jim Knobeloch known as Army General
  • Steve Mouzakis known as Head Paramedic
  • Sonya Suares known as Assistant Paramedic
  • Ra Chapman known as Jessica
  • Benita Collings known as John's Mother
  • Verity Charlton known as Kim
  • Janet Foye known as Lady on Train
  • Sally Anne Arnott known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Katelyn Cahill known as Student (uncredited)
  • Naomi Davis known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Lisa N Edwards known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Victor Franko known as Student (uncredited)
  • Nancy Guerriero known as Female Commuter (uncredited)
  • Gabriela Iturrizaga known as Civilian (uncredited)
  • Raziel Jordan known as Student (uncredited)
  • Jason Kirby known as Student (uncredited)
  • Sarah Lawrence known as New York Model (uncredited)
  • Mena Lovin known as New York model (uncredited)
  • Andrew Lyons known as Transit Officer (uncredited)
  • Clem Maloney known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Stefano Mazzeo known as Student (uncredited)
  • Kate Mylius known as Student (uncredited)
  • Vanessa Pitrau known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Brett Robson known as University Teacher #1 (uncredited)
  • Gilbert Soto known as Commuter (uncredited)
  • Nicole Joy Tan known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Clement Tang known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Joanna Theobalds known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Sammy Wright known as Businessman (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Angela Conte known as hair stylist: second unit
  • Angela Conte known as makeup artist: second unit
  • Nik Dorning known as prosthetic manufacture
  • Ilona Herman known as makeup artist: Mr. Cage
  • Charlene Hyde known as additional hair and make-up
  • Ashley Johnson known as key hair stylist
  • Ashley Johnson known as key makeup artist
  • Helen Magelaki known as dailies makeup artist
  • Helen Magelaki known as daily hairdresser
  • Victoria M. Porter known as key hair stylist: Boston (as Victoria Porter)
  • Christine Spiller known as additional makeup artist
  • Jennifer Stanfield known as hair stylist
  • Jennifer Stanfield known as makeup artist
  • Lesley Vanderwalt known as key hair designer
  • Lesley Vanderwalt known as key makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Sean Ahern known as construction coordinator
  • Marko Anttonen known as CAD set designer
  • Audra Avery known as assistant property master
  • Michael Bell known as assistant art director
  • Carl Braga known as screen graphics designer
  • Christopher Bruce known as senior buyer
  • Steven Carroll known as plasterer
  • Vanessa Cerne known as set dresser
  • Andrew Chan known as set designer
  • Dane Eade known as set builder
  • Ben Gill known as carpenter
  • Gary Grimes known as 2IC scenic
  • Melanie Hailstone known as art department clearances
  • Max Haymes known as action vehicles office coordinator (2008)
  • Rebecca Howcroft known as art department accountant
  • Anita King known as assistant property master
  • Leigh Mackie known as conceptual artist
  • Tim McGaw known as props maker
  • Shanthi Nadaraja known as construction coordinator
  • Nick Pledge known as senior model maker
  • Ian Richter known as scenic artist
  • Andy Robinson known as head scenic
  • William Adam Russ known as plasterer assistant
  • Kate Saunders known as property master
  • Jeff Sturm known as greensman
  • Bryce Tibbey known as picture vehicle coordinator
  • Kirsty Vogel known as assistant art department coordinator
  • Vanessa Younger known as art department coordinator




Production Companies:

  • Summit Entertainment (presents)
  • Escape Artists
  • Mystery Clock Cinema (in association with)
  • Goldcrest Pictures
  • Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
  • Wintergreen Productions

Other Companies:

  • Australian Talent Management  casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • City of Melbourne  filmed with the assistance of
  • Eye2Ear Music  music consultant
  • Film Livestock Australia  animals supplied by
  • Film Victoria  filmed with the assistance of
  • Filmview Services  computer graphics
  • High Output  grip and lighting equipment
  • Melbourne Film Office  filmed with the assistance of
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services
  • Park Road Post  dcdm
  • Park Road Post  digital film workflow
  • Park Road Post  digital intermediate
  • Park Road Post  foley
  • Real People Victoria  extras casting
  • Red Digital Cinema  camera equipment provided by
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Song Company  choir
  • SoundWorks Houston  additional adr
  • Sydney Philharmonia Choir  choir
  • Sydney Scoring Orchestra  music performed by
  • Threadgold Plummer Hood  payroll services
  • Trackdown Scoring Stage  scoring stage
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack
  • VisionsMCP  casting
  • VisionsMCP  extras casting
  • VisionsMCP  stand-ins
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility


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  • Concorde Filmverleih (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2009) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2009) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Summit Entertainment (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Alfa Films (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Bazuca Films (2009) (Chile) (all media)
  • Concorde Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Contender Entertainment Group (2009) (UK) (all media)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Eagle Pictures (2009) (Italy) (all media)
  • Golden Screen (2009) (Malaysia) (all media)
  • Hoyts Distribution (2009) (New Zealand) (all media)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2009) (Australia) (all media)
  • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Mars Entertainment (2009) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Iceland) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Norway) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (all media)
  • Odeon (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Paris Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Pioneer Films (2002) (Philippines) (all media) (as Cinestar)
  • SND (2009) (France) (all media)
  • SPI International (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • SPI International (2009) (Slovakia) (all media)
  • Seville Pictures (2009) (Canada) (all media)
  • Shaw Organisation (2009) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Toho-Towa (2009) (Japan) (all media)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray Disc)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • PVR Pictures (2010) (India) (all media)
  • fX Network (2012) (USA) (TV)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2009) (Spain) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Veronica (2011) (Netherlands) (TV)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Patrick Tatopoulos Design (concept design: strangers and chariot)
  • Animal Logic (visual effects)
  • BUF (visual effects)
  • Postmodern (visual effects) (as Postmodern Sydney)
  • Haiku Post (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Lindsay Adams known as senior compositor
  • Steve Agland known as art direction and look development
  • Alicia Aguilera known as digital compositor
  • Tim Ahern known as visual effects
  • Shigeki Ao known as senior modeler
  • Charlie Armstrong known as 2D supervisor
  • Vaughn Arnup known as roto/paint and 3d tracking supervisor
  • Dan Ashton known as film recording technician: Weta Digital
  • Nacho Barahona known as modeler: Animal Logic
  • Xavier Bec known as head of software: BUF
  • Djelloul Bekri known as visual effects: BUF
  • Kevin Blom known as effects technical director
  • Julien Bolbach known as visual effects: BUF
  • Mark Boorer known as data technician: Animal Logic
  • David Booth known as digital effects artist
  • Nick Booth known as film recording supervisor: Weta Digital
  • Jonathan Bot known as digital compositor: Animal Logic
  • Xavier Bourque known as digital compositor: Animal Logic
  • Paul Braddock known as digital artist / 3D supervisor
  • Dan Breckwoldt known as lead compositor
  • Pierre Buffin known as artistic supervisor: BUF
  • Thibault Bunoust known as visual effects: BUF
  • Ean Carr known as compositor
  • Korey J. Cauchon known as visual effects producer: Animal Logic
  • Camille Cellucci known as visual effects producer
  • Scott Chambers known as compositor
  • Sam Chynoweth known as vfx edit assistant
  • Bodie Clare known as matchmove lead
  • Sean Coonce known as digital compositor: Animal Logic
  • Chris Cooper known as research & development lead
  • Daniel James Cox known as visual effects concept and matte artist: Animal Logic
  • Michael Crippin known as surface/texture artist
  • Jean-François D'Izarny known as visual effects: BUF
  • Dexter Davey known as compositor
  • Eric Desaulniers known as tracker
  • Antoine Deschamps known as visual effects supervisor: BUF
  • Carla Diamond known as visual effects producer: BUF
  • Craig Dibble known as senior systems engineer: Animal Logic
  • Laura Dubsky known as compositor
  • Eric Durst known as visual effects supervisor
  • Chris Ebeling known as digital compositor
  • Laurens Ehrmann known as visual effects: BUF
  • Pierre Escande known as visual effects producer: BUF
  • Audrey Ferrara known as visual effects: BUF
  • Peter Fisher known as visual effects producer: Postmodern Sydney
  • Brad Floyd known as compositor: Animal Logic
  • Alex Fry known as lead compositor
  • Morgane Furio known as co-visual effects supervisor
  • Peter D. Georges known as research & development: Animal Logic
  • Daniela Giangrande known as visual effects coordinator: Animal Logic
  • Ivan Girard known as visual effects: BUF
  • Alicia Gleeson known as visual effects editor
  • Lucinda Glenn known as visual effects coordinator
  • Yoel Godo known as visual effects: BUF
  • Matt Greig known as senior compositor: Animal Logic
  • Toby Grime known as main titles designer
  • Eric Guaglione known as animation director: Animal Logic
  • Michael Halford known as matte painter
  • David Hansen known as animator
  • Mark Harmon known as compositor
  • Jason Hawkins known as digital compositor
  • Marcus Herrick known as senior compositor
  • Marcus Herrick known as visual effects editor
  • Luke Hetherington known as head of production: Animal Logic
  • Timothy Hoffman known as visual effects
  • Asta Honkavaara known as visual effects production manager
  • Timo Huber known as digital compositor: Animal Logic
  • Andrew Jackson known as visual effects supervisor
  • Bhakar James known as animation lead
  • Paul Jewell known as FX technical director: Animal Logic
  • Ingrid Johnston known as visual effects production manager: Animal Logic
  • Matt Jones known as fx supervisor
  • Stewart Jones known as character technical director
  • Christopher Kerr known as data operations: Animal Logic (as Chris Kerr)
  • Paul Kirwan known as digital compositor
  • Michal Kriukow known as senior modeler
  • Nicolas Labbe known as render farm operator: BUF
  • Anguerran Lagallarde known as visual effects: BUF
  • Julien Leveugle known as digital compositor
  • Simon Lewis known as fx technical director
  • Max Liani known as art direction and look development
  • Nick Lines known as digital artist
  • Owen Longstaff known as rotoscope artist: Animal Logic
  • Joachim Loubeau known as render farm operator: BUF
  • Ruth-Anne Loveridge known as cg modeler
  • Sandrine Lurde known as visual effects: BUF
  • John Ma known as visual effects coordinator
  • Annette Mackie known as matte painter (as Annette Vandenberg)
  • Peter Marin known as compositor
  • Justen Marshall known as software development manager
  • Matthew McCosker known as digital compositor: Animal Logic
  • Andrew McDonald known as asset department supervisor: Animal Logic
  • Graeme McGirr known as lighting technical director: Animal Logic
  • Hayley McInerney known as visual effects coordinator
  • Genevieve McMahon known as visual effects coordinator
  • Tamara Mitchell known as digital artist
  • Blake Muir known as digital compositor
  • Bradley Mullennix known as previs lead
  • Karen Murphy known as visual effects art director
  • Zareh Nalbandian known as visual effects executive producer: Animal Logic
  • Dylan Neill known as technical director
  • Maxime Neko known as visual effects: BUF
  • Martin Newcombe known as surfacing artist
  • Alice Ngo known as texture artist
  • An Nguyen known as software developer: Animal Logic
  • Tristan North known as lighting lead
  • Joshua Nunn known as lighting technical director: Animal Logic
  • Jongsu Oh known as digital artist: Animal Logic
  • Alfie Olivier known as 3D supervisor
  • Alfie Olivier known as pre-visualization technical director
  • Alex G. Ortoll known as senior compositor
  • Loris Paillier known as visual effects: BUF
  • Adrian Paul known as software developer: Animal Logic
  • Davide Pesare known as senior shader writer
  • Laurent Pierrat known as render farm operator: BUF
  • Boris Plateau known as animator: BUF
  • Christian Poullay known as matchmover
  • Jeremy Pronk known as technical director: Animal Logic
  • Sébastien Quessy known as visual effects artist
  • Orash Rahnema known as senior modeller
  • Michael Ralla known as digital compositor: Animal Logic
  • Will Reichelt known as 3D supervisor
  • Alessandro Riberti known as lighting technical director
  • Dean Richichi known as digital compositor
  • Andrew Robinson known as visual effects executive producer: Postmodern Sydney
  • Sascha Robitzki known as digital artist: FX: Animal Logic
  • Benoit Roekens known as visual effects: BUF
  • James Rogers known as visual effects supervisor: Postmodern
  • Stephen Roucher known as film recording technician: Weta Digital
  • Danielle Rubin known as visual effects production manager
  • Lucas Salton known as visual effects: BUF
  • Jerome Samson known as head of render farm: BUF
  • Elsa Santos known as concept artist
  • Ron Schab known as render wrangler
  • Florian Schroeder known as sequence lead compositor: Animal Logic
  • Denis Scolan known as senior compositor: Animal Logic
  • Ray Sena known as look development and effects
  • Ray Sena known as texture & shading artist
  • Jeff Shank known as digital effects
  • Evan Shipard known as digital matte painter: Animal Logic
  • Evan Shipard known as visual effects art director: Animal Logic
  • Bruce Sicard known as visual effects: BUF
  • Olivier Sicot known as visual effects: BUF
  • Jessica Clare Smith known as junior compositor
  • Jessica Clare Smith known as roto/prep artist
  • Tim Sotiri known as lighting technical director: Animal Logic
  • Christoph Sprenger known as research & development
  • Debbie Steer known as visual effects coordinator: Animal Logic
  • Richard Sur known as lighting technical director: Animal Logic
  • Lubos Gerardo Surzin known as matte painter
  • Chris Swinbanks known as post services supervisor: Animal Logic
  • Julien Tagodoe known as render farm operator: BUF
  • Jo Ann Tan known as software development coordinator: animal logic
  • Jonathan Taranto known as matte painter
  • Paul Taylor known as visual effects editor
  • Damien Thaller known as concept artist and senior digital matte painter
  • Julien Thebault known as visual effects: BUF
  • Arnaud Trouvé known as software development: BUF
  • Adam Trowse known as roto/prep artist
  • Beck Veitch known as digital compositor: Animal Logic
  • Dominique Vidal known as visual effects: BUF
  • Jocelyn Vincent known as render farm operator: BUF
  • Ben Walker known as digital matte painter
  • Tim Walker known as compositor: Animal Logic
  • Andreas Wanda known as CG supervisor
  • Kento Watanabe known as visual effects assistant editor
  • Ryan Weston known as render wrangler
  • Shonnan Wibrow known as roto/paint artist: Animal Logic
  • Trevor Wide known as texture artist
  • Tom Wild known as pipeline and database consultant
  • Pete Williams known as film recording manager: Weta Digital
  • Jamie Wood known as lead compositor
  • David Woodland known as lead matte artist
  • David Woodland known as lead matte painter
  • Michael Wortmann known as fx technical director: Animal Logic
  • Koji Yamaguchi known as digital compositor: Animal Logic
  • Ramy Zaouai known as render farm operator: BUF
  • Wayne John Haag known as digital matte painter (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 9 March 2009 (New York City, New York) (premiere)
  • Kazakhstan 19 March 2009
  • Russia 19 March 2009
  • Canada 20 March 2009
  • USA 20 March 2009
  • Philippines 25 March 2009
  • UK 25 March 2009
  • Australia 26 March 2009
  • Greece 26 March 2009
  • Malaysia 26 March 2009
  • Thailand 26 March 2009
  • Iceland 27 March 2009
  • Ireland 27 March 2009
  • Mexico 27 March 2009
  • Poland 27 March 2009
  • Belgium 1 April 2009
  • France 1 April 2009
  • Switzerland 1 April 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Argentina 2 April 2009
  • Estonia 3 April 2009
  • Finland 4 April 2009 (Night Visions Film Festival)
  • Indonesia 7 April 2009
  • Spain 8 April 2009
  • Austria 9 April 2009
  • Germany 9 April 2009
  • Netherlands 9 April 2009
  • Singapore 9 April 2009
  • Switzerland 9 April 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Brazil 10 April 2009
  • Lithuania 10 April 2009
  • Turkey 10 April 2009
  • Hong Kong 16 April 2009
  • South Korea 16 April 2009
  • Colombia 17 April 2009
  • Egypt 22 April 2009
  • Portugal 23 April 2009
  • Denmark 24 April 2009
  • Norway 24 April 2009
  • Croatia 7 May 2009
  • Panama 8 May 2009
  • Sweden 8 May 2009
  • New Zealand 21 May 2009
  • Israel 28 May 2009
  • Venezuela 29 May 2009
  • Hungary 11 June 2009
  • Peru 18 June 2009
  • Finland 19 June 2009
  • Bulgaria 3 July 2009
  • Japan 10 July 2009
  • Czech Republic 30 July 2009
  • Italy 4 September 2009
  • Slovakia 8 October 2009
  • China 30 October 2009
  • India 2 April 2010

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language



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