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That Time Nic Cage Played a Cantabrigian: a Knowing Look

Today is Nic Cage Day across the Curbediverse, a day for celebrating The Legend and his legendary real estate hijinks. Why? Because Nic Cage.


In one of his more forgettable roles (and there many, dear friends), Nic Cage played a fictional M.I.T. professor named John Koestler in the movie Knowing (trailer above). Koestler is tasked with preventing disasters by using numbers from a time capsule that predict... Anyway. The 2009 release was shot mostly in Australia; though, to give it a sheen of authenticity, some scenes and B-roll were filmed in the Boston area.

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The Haystack Observatory in Westford
This M.I.T. research hub is located about 30 miles northwest of Boston near Lowell. It was here that Cage's character discovers a giant solar flare about to zap the Earth.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The main Kendall Square campus of the august school provides suitably tweedy backdrop for Koestler/Cage as eccentric prof.
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Museum of Science
The venerable institution between the West End and East Cambridge includes a planetarium, interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater—and a perfect setting for adding a little bit of science to a science-fiction movie.
· The Definitive Departed Filming Guide for Boston [Curbed Boston]

M.I.T.

Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA