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About the Movie
Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt) is a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye, along with his lab partner, Karen (Brit Marling). After a tragic romance with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), Ian’s analytical nature is put to the ultimate test, triggering a chain of events that leads to a stunning discovery years later...one that may unlock the greatest mysteries.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 100
- Fresh: 53
- Rotten: 47
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Makes a too obvious attempt to repeat [Cahill's] previous effort, wanting to be spooky and ending up soggy.
Fresh: This is a beautifully crafted story that takes us on quite the journey of exploration and discovery.
Rotten: Big ideas can sometimes lead to great motion pictures or, as in the case of I Origins, colossal misfires.
Fresh: With a slew of seemingly random clues unraveling in the pursuit of scientific mystery, Origins becomes gut-punching marvel.
If you’re a fan of Michael Cahill, “Another Earth”, then you’ll like this movie. Don’t watch the trailer, just get the movie. It’s magic - if you let yourself believe.
A graduate student who tries to prove creationism wrong by showing that eyes evolved over time. Hmmmm. I have some news for you, young man. It’s been shown repeatedly that vision has evolved more than once. And it’s been gradual (what good is half an eye? You can tell the difference between dark and light, which is all you need sometimes). I just hate movies whose premise is wrong. It’s all downhill from there.
The Eye Is An Interesting Symbol….
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” “We should take care NOT to make the intellect our g o d ; it has of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” --Albert Einstein
Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey’s character, Sofi and Michael Pitt’s character, Ian Gray are the perfect examples of Einstein’s “sacred gift” and “faithful servant”.
I Origins is emotionally complex and painfully realistic… as it highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of human nature, masculine perspective and behavior vs. feminine perspective and behavior, also those who are predominantly left-brain thinkers vs. right-brain creative, intuitive types. The movie also features some pretty major, controversial issues… such as the topic of genetic modification, animal experimentation, religious and spiritual views, as well as the atheist scientific mindset. I did find some of the scenes and subject matter to be disturbing. Hollywood is great at glamorizing subject matter that is… anything but ! One such example of glamorizing an otherwise gruesome topic is the subject of animal experimentation. I noticed (from reading the credits after the movie) The Humane Society was in charge of overseeing the animals used in this film. That makes logical sense… as the movie shows lab animals that are clean, well cared for and in seemingly little pain or discomfort. However, in real life… animals in laboratories are constantly subjected to painful procedures that are forced on them over long periods of time. After the experiments are over and the animals have suffered tremendously, usually the researchers kill the animals. Researchers justify what they are doing with the sentiment that ‘it is all for a noble cause’. Although I would strongly question any work or research that inflicts intense pain and suffering on other living creatures. How noble is that… really ? It seems as though with all of our modern technology and effective alternatives, there is no excuse for animal experimentation. It is a hateful, archaic waste of time and money. Genetic modification is a heated subject of debate these days… with the GMA, Grocery Manufacturer’s Association actually suing the state of Vermont (in a Democracy) because the people of Vermont voted to pass the first mandatory state law that requires GMOs to be labeled on any food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. The genetic engineering industry, otherwise known as the transgenic industry, seems to think that Americans do not deserve the right to know what is in our food. So, when a movie glamorizes any form of genetic modification… by trying to make it seem “cool ” “progressive” and “of a superior intellect” I have to wonder whose idea it really was… to create and promote the movie ? Remember… the biotech industry is a multibillion-dollar industry and they’ve been contaminating our food supply since the early 90’s. Q-- How can they get away with it, if GMOs are really so bad ? Look up the definition of the word: “Corporatocracy” ! And don't think for a moment these people do not have a direct influence on Hollywood and all the mainstream news & media venues… because they do ( ! )
Conclusion concerning the movie I Origins-- emotionally charged and complicated, timely issues, and in contrast with one of the Top Critics’ Reviews (Mick LaSalle) if you understand on more than one level (intellectually, intuitively and emotionally) the last ten minutes of the movie are the most powerful… with or without the soundtrack.
- Genre: Independent
- Released: 2014
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