106 Min. | Drama – Sci-Fi | September 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Mike Cahill
Staring: Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
I Origins Review: Actually, we know that Shakespeare did get it right. Science adds new discoveries and corrects old theories constantly as it progresses. What’s this have to do with “I, Origins”? It’s one of the main themes of the movie, what if there’s more to the universe than what we can perceive with our senses. Ask any real scientist and you’ll find out that the concept is hardly new or controversial. We can’t directly perceive radio waves or x-rays yet we make use of them every day. Nevertheless, I Origins approaches the topic in a way that makes this question, perhaps, easier to approach for non-scientists. Similarly, the movie tackles the theme of science versus religion. This theme is played up a lot in contemporary press coverage and “I, Origins” tackles this question intelligently as well.
Again, ask a scientist about science and religion and you will likely find out that there isn’t really a conflict between the two. Science looks into how the universe works. Religion is concerned with why? “How” and “why” are two sides of the same coin. I Origins also explores the long-existing notion that we are in some way tied to certain individuals for all time. Soul mates, if you will. Don’t ask a scientist about that one. The main actors in “I, Origins” are young and beautiful. Even the lab rat, played by Brit Marling, who starred in director Mike Cahill’s prior and debut film “Another Earth,” cannot hide her exceptional beauty behind glasses and sweats or a pregnancy suit.
So if you enjoy seeing beautiful people asking seemingly profound questions in interesting settings, I Origins, is your movie. Like Cahill’s “Another Earth,” this movie probes profound questions about the human existence. It’s beautifully shot (though I think it needs some more editing), well acted by attractive people, and in the end will probably get you thinking. If that sounds like a mystical experience and a good investment of two hours of your time, then this film’s something you should see. Overall, I Origins is intresting.