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Particle Fever

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Mark Levinson

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Plot Summary

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, from the inspiration and initiative of producer David Kaplan and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, The Godfather trilogy), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine. Hailed by The New York Times as "Mind-blowing."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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95%
  • Reviews Counted: 44
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Watching a film won't make you smarter, but if there ever was one that could, it would be "Particle Fever," a movie so mind-bending you can almost feel your brain cells growing as you're watching it. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Mar 6, 2014

Fresh: The bracing scientific rigor and intellectual derring-do presented in "Particle Fever" are most welcome. – Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Mar 9, 2014

Fresh: All you really need to know about Particle Fever is that it includes footage of physicists rapping. About physics. Wearing giant Einstein masks. – Trey Graham, NPR, Mar 7, 2014

Fresh: Even if you can't explain the Standard Model or define "supersymmetry," you'll walk away with a conviction that you've vicariously participated in a historic event. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 13, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Particle Fever

I was fortunate enough to catch this doc on its last screening in the Los Angeles area.
I had been anticipating seeing it for months and it did not disappoint. The concepts are extremely well explained and illustrated so I think I understood most of them. I was surprised by the amount of humor in the film and shed a tear along with Peter Higgs when the discovery was announced. The film also made me extremely jealous of the fact the the LHC is not here in the U.S.
I have pre-ordered it and cannot wait to watch it again!

I’m not a scientist

I’m an English major. I think I am pretty smart but this movie forced me to think beyond what I assumed were my limits of understanding. There is something beautiful, dark, strange, and frightening about this move. Yet, at the same time, it speaks to the capabilities of humankind to push further, and deeper just to catch a glimpse of insight into who we are and from where we’ve come. I wish they had dumbed it down just a bit so I could grasp all of what was being discussed. That being said, everyone should watch this film just to take pride in how far our generation is capable of traveling to seek answers to questions once thought unanswerable

Particle Fever

“Particle Fever” is the most spectacular film experience. You feel like you are part of the largest global experiment in history with a team of brilliant and hilarious scientists. Highly recommend.

Particle Fever
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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