Monday, February 23, 2009

Science fiction: When the numbers run out

Nicolas Cage's movie, What Happens When the Numbers Run Out?, sounds like an interesting sci fi entry:
In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. But one of the students, a mysterious girl who seems to hear whispered voices, fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fast forward 50 years to the present: A new generation of students examines the contents of the time capsule and the girl's cryptic message ends up in the hands of young Caleb. But it is Caleb's father, professor Ted Myles, who makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts with pinpoint accuracy the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. As Ted further unravels the document's secrets, he realizes it foretells three additional events—the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale and seems to somehow involve Ted and his son.
Here's the trailer:

What happens when the numbers run out?, The trailer portentously asks. Well, I guess in that case we go back to "more," "less," "too big," "too small," "too expensive," and "I don't like this deal, but can't explain why." Numbers have their uses, after all, if not for divination.