Absolutely original, and very powerful (by michellamoss)
We watch at least 4 or 5 movies every week, and I have to say that this is the best film I've seen in a long time. Brit Marling seems to choose her films very carefully, and I'm coming to suspect that anything she's involved in is going to be different, and very well done.This film is inspiring - not just because of it's content, but because of the way it's made. Hollywood can NOT make films like this. They can do a lot of things, but they can't seem to write scenes, scenarios, and certainly not dialog like this. This feels like real life, and because of this, it <more>
really effects you and draws you in. You really get to know, understand and care about the characters, in a way that just doesn't seem to happen in 'Hollyweird' films.I don't want to go into any detail about the film here. I just want to say that it is truly amazing, unpredictable, beautiful, powerful and worth your time.IMPORTANT: Be sure not to turn it off as the credits roll - there's a great little additional scene at the very end, which ads another dimension to the way the story wraps up.Truly excellence in film making. If there were more writer/directors like this, the world would be a better place. He makes us think and challenges us. Truly inspirational.My highest recommendation.Will Middle of NowHere, in some snowy, remote Canadian mountains
I thought this movie was awesome! (by Moviegirlxyz)
Spoiler alert. I was apparently at the same showing as the previous reviewer who did not enjoy this movie. I was one of the 150 wait listed and just barely got in to the sold out show. Only ten on the wait list got in. I am so glad I did because this turned out to be my favorite film at Sundance - I liked it even better than Whiplash which won the Grand Jury Dramatic prize and Audience award.It had a similar impact on me as did the movie, Contact. It asks what if? It explores the intersection of the spiritual and science - just as Contact did. The science of biometrics is relatively new and I <more>
can imagine a growing data base of biometric eye scan data where supposedly, there can only be one signature per person just like fingerprints. If that is so, then what might it mean if duplicates are found? What might it mean if a duplicate is found of a deceased person? What if a person who has a duplicate of a deceased person's eye scan also has a deep, unconscious memory of things in the deceased person's life? This was not a perfect movie - left hanging was what should be done about a severe breech of ethics on the part of a medical doctor who wanted to examine the protagonist's child on the "pretense" of following up on early signs of autism. Also, the protagonist had a serendipitous experience with the number 11, the meaning of which was never resolved.Still, I expect this movie will generate a lot of dialog and buzz as more and more people see it.Great movie.
Intelligent, fun, moving and very entertaining movie with great cast (by Mark_Lowell)
In my opinion the best movie out of Sundance in 2014 and I watched quite a few . Loved the concept and the cast, movie could be slightly edited to move faster but what a trip! It presents itself as an intelligent broad appeal release, not the typical indie-low budget-gritty product of Sundance. I like more mainstream movies, and loved this movie so my guess is that will resonate with a very large audience when released. The love story is so convincing that casts a haunting spell in the rest of the movie, and the scientific discovery don't want to spoil the story is so cool and full of <more>
heart that if true in real life would completely change the way we look at life and relationships. Kudos to Fox Searchlight, they seem to be on a roll with award winning titles and out of the box, but mainstream appealing movies.
Beautiful and poignant film that provokes some thoughts about genealogy (by Arit)
Ian Michael Pitt is a young doctor mesmerized by the beauty and mystique of the human eye. Together with his collaborator, Karen Brit Marling , he spends most of his time in his lab. We know little about their back story other than they are work-obsessed researchers who like to keep it in the close circle of a few scientists.At a costume party, Ian meets Sofi Astrid Bergès-Frisbey , a model in masquerade with only her eyes exposed. Normally you might not find someone in disguise very charming until you see her face in its entirety. For Ian, however, the intricate details of her eyes are <more>
all it takes to fall for her. Her accent, along with her constant need to get her point across in the language and culture that are foreign to hers, works as the catalyst for their romantic relationship.I Origins takes advantage of Sofi's exotic Argentine-French background, Ian's another coworker of East Asian descent, an Idaho farmer family with African American ancestry, and a story arc in India to lend a sense of universality. The film's story is somewhat predictable, but a bold assumption it makes on human iris patterns helps advance the film steadily and allows for it to resonate with us on a personal level. Regardless how much faith we have in science or fate, this film successfully brings our attention to the complexity of our body which we seldom acknowledge.
Mike Cahill creates another low budget low key fantasy film, using some of the same actors as in Another Earth, and again he succeeds in producing something intriguing. I watched Another Earth and I really liked it, because it didn't just publish an idea, but it built and grew its characters, reaching the underwhelming, but thought provoking ending. I liked I Origins for the same reasons, but truth be said, it's just not as good. If you watched this film and liked it, you will love Another Earth.The story is difficult to explain without spoiling the basic plot. Let's just say it <more>
is a journey of discovery for the main character. The film starts with a really slow pace and much of what happens in the first half is just character exposition, rather than development. That may put some people off. However it is important to understand all characters to get the film, and they are all rather interesting and original, not tired clichés. I liked that.So basically you get a well done, well acted movie, involving interesting characters in an intriguing story. What else do you need? With a cast like Michael Pitt and Brit Marling, it feels like the indie film that it is, but I thought it was clearly worth watching. Some scenes could have been removed to make the movie last less than the full two hours, but they do develop the characters and pull the viewer into their story a little.
This is one of the best movies I've watched this year. Breath taking and such a beautiful story. The cast is wonderfully chosen and you keep having goosebumps all through the movie. Watched it twice in a row. Wonderful. Seeing the title being classified under sci-fi I was not expecting such a love story behind it. The feeling of insecurity throughout the movie and passion. The constant battle between science and religion shown in a beautiful way. The scenery is perfect well chosen locations. Michael Pitt did a wonderful job in showing a constant battle between his emotions and radical <more>
thinking. I love writing reviews but this movie left me into a dark abyss where I don't know what happens next.
Beautiful actors seeking answers to profound questions (by steven-leibson)
What if Shakespeare got it right when he wrote:There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. - Hamlet 1.5.167-8 , Hamlet to HoratioActually, 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 <more>
can't directly perceive radio waves or x-rays yet we make use of them every day. Nevertheless, this movie 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.The movie 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, this 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.We saw this film as part of the Camera Cinema Club series in San Jose.
I like it. I'm pretty picky about my movies and this one is cleverly different.I like the love story. Yes, quite simple but feel good. I like the science aspect. Not nearly as ludicrous as most movie science. I like the India connection. I like the low key religious themes. I like the acting. The cinematography with lots of nice shots.Sorry but talking the plot would give away too much about this movie. I don't want to spoil it for you.There are plot lines in this movie which gives you a chance to guess the next step so that keeps it interesting.
Another earthly delight from Cahill and Marling (by rooee)
Writer-director Mike Cahill's last feature was Another Earth. Secretly, it was one of the best films of 2011. And gosh darn it, he his muse Brit Marling might've gone and done it again. It'll no doubt be maligned for being po-faced and overreaching. But I just think Cahill has something big to say and he really, really means it.This is another admirably high-minded slice of lo-fi sci-fi, which again raises deep philosophical questions about the nature of human existence. Michael Pitt plays Ian, a young scientist who teams up with Marling's Karen in an effort to prove that eyes <more>
have evolved in nature – as opposed to having been intelligently designed – as a means of discrediting religious belief once and for all. Meanwhile, Ian meets the love of his life, Sofi Astrid Berges-Frisbey , and events take a devastating turn. This is where I'll stop with the plot. Just know that the story takes so many unexpected byways that a full synopsis would be unavoidably spoilerific.Though I Origins lacks the simple boldness of Another Earth, it ultimately emerges equally profound. There's complexity and drudgery and frustration in scientific research, and this film is not ashamed to remind us of that. Some slightly on-the-nose science/religion debates aside, the script is hugely intelligent and intricate. Sure, the dialogue might not be for everyone, often sounding more like the mutual musings of modern-day philosophers than enraptured lovers, but it tells one heck of a story. A story that feels necessary.This is the work of an auteur. Cahill's ability to evoke atmosphere in the most unassuming locations reaches a new richness here, and his editing is heartbreakingly elegant, particularly in the numerous montage sequences. The visuals are bound together by a quietly luscious ambient score, furnishing the film with a dream-like flow. We even get the odd slo-mo flourish, but it's always style in the service of substance.The performances are excellent across the board. For a start, we believe that these people could do science – a basic flaw in many a film before which has emphasised the "fi" at the expense of the "sci". And, crucially, the chemistry between Pitt and Berges-Frisbey is as convincing a depiction of the thrill of dawning love as you'll ever see. It's reminiscent at times of those lovely glimpses of the fateful lovers we saw in Steven Soderbergh's very fine Solaris remake.Watch I Origins and be challenged, drained, elevated, and possibly changed. Then delve into Brit Marling's filmography. While the Woodleys and Lawrences of Hollywood get the headlines, hers is the star that rises best, if not brightest. This, The East, Arbitrage, The Sound of My Voice, Another Earth: it's a mini-movement in the American indie scene, and it just keeps delivering.