A guide to Knowing when you’re Lost

Wednesday January 27th 2010


As part of my ongoing quest to catch-up on some of the movies I’ve missed over recent years, last weekend I watched Knowing. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know that it really is as unbelievable-bad-slash-incredibly-good as Joe Cornish said it was in our Review of the Year (if you don’t have a copy then tough luck, you had your chance).

At one point Knowing was re-written by Stuart Hazeldine, who has since gone on to write/direct British crapfest Exam. In our review of Exam, we noted that the majority of the characters seemed to be stolen from hit TV show Lost. I was hesitant to make this accusation because I was aware that I was probably especially prone to spot similarities, given that I’m a big Lost fan. It seemed entirely possible that I had imagined the likeness and that Hazledine was not in the habit of plagiarising from one of the most popular shows of the last decade.

But then I saw Knowing.

Check this shit out:

Lost

Knowing

Lost is set in 2004 and follows the lives of a group of people as their lives are repeatedly affected by a series of mysterious and seemingly cryptic… Knowing is set in 2009 and follows the lives of a group of people as their lives are repeatedly affected by a series of mysterious and seemingly cryptic…
NUMBERS NUMBERS
They come to realise the significance of the numbers after a sudden, traumatic… They come to realise the significance of the numbers after a sudden, traumatic…
PLANE CRASH PLANE CRASH
Shortly after the crash, they journey into the jungle and hear spooky, unidentified… Shortly after the crash, they journey into the forrest and hear spooky, unidentified…
WHISPERS WHISPERS
The whispers are later revealed to be the sounds of an unknown and intimidating group of people, nicknamed… The whispers are later revealed to be the sounds of an unknown and intimidating group of people, nicknamed…
THE OTHERS THE STRANGERS
The others appear mainly at night and are desperate to find the group and… The strangers appear mainly at night and are desperate to find the group and…
KIDNAP THEIR CHILDREN KIDNAP THEIR CHILDREN
… although a surprising twist later on changes our attitude towards the others. Meanwhile, there are concerns that the numbers will soon bring about… … although a surprising twist later on changes our attitude towards the strangers. Meanwhile, there are concerns that the numbers will soon bring about…
THE END OF THE WORLD THE END OF THE WORLD
But before that happens, there is still time for plenty of… But before that happens, there is still time for plenty of…
PLUMES OF GREY SMOKE, PLUMES OF GREY SMOKE,
50′s CLASSROOMS, 50′s CLASSROOMS,
PROPHETIC WINDOW VISIONS, PROPHETIC WINDOW VISIONS,
DISTANT MYSTERY MEN, DISTANT MYSTERY MEN,
DEMONIC CHILDRENS’ DRAWINGS, DEMONIC CHILDRENS’ DRAWINGS,
AND BUNNY RABBITS AND BUNNY RABBITS