I ORIGINS (2014) dir. Mike Cahill

This is a beautiful story and I loved watching it. A very well controlled and interestingly told love story that by the third act, had characters exploring the meaning of identity, ethics, and love, probing the notion of a human’s soul under the rubric of a sci-fi film.

A molecular biologist’s study of the human eye has far-reaching implications about humanity’s scientific and spiritual beliefs. Taking the notion of eyes being the windows to the soul to a heightened level, the film blends science and metaphysics to create an interesting hybrid of a thriller and a romance.

Normally I’d leave you with a trailer to watch, but the trailer is awful in the sense that it practically gives away the entire premise of the story! The movie is great even if you do watch it (like I did), but the trailer could have been better had it not divulged so much information, and that’s not just my opinion. DO NOT WATCH TRAILER! — Short clip is OK:

I ORIGINS is a big little sci-fi drama, beneath-which is a supernatural love story that deals in reincarnation to cosmic coincidence. It is a gem and I wish there were more like it.

I ORIGINS, the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill (Another Earth, 2011), tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory. Also starring Steven Yeun and Archie Panjabi, the film is produced by Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky.

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~ by Fionnlagh on April 11, 2016.

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