Friday, July 10, 2009
"Knowing" and Hope
Roger Ebert has said this of the film Knowing (2009), starring Nicholas Cage,
"Knowing" is among the best science-fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.
High praise from Ebert. Oddly, "Knowing" is, ultimately, for planet Earth and all its inhabitants, a tragedy. Very high praise from Roger Ebert indeed.
Ebert, a cradle Catholic and one-time Altar-server, has let it be known that his faith is, shall we say, nil. And, given that both he and I belong to the cancer-bestowed Pre-Death Club, I find this far more tragic than any mere movie tragedy.
If you have seen "Knowing" and felt a sense of dread and existential nihilism (a case of the heebee-jeebees in a less cool age), do not think that you can hit the pause button, get up, go to the kitchen, get a snack, come back and watch the Earth incinerated by a solar flare, brush your teeth, and go snuggly to bed.
All of us - all of us - must one day, if we are blessed, come to grips with our mortality. I wrote A Little Guide for Your Last Days to be what it says it is: a small book meant to help every man, woman, or young person do exactly that - come to grips with our mortality and the Big Question facing each one of us.
It is "Knowing" of the very highest order. And it may, I pray, lead you to hope.