The title is a wordplay, meaning the origin of the "eye". The film focuses on a scientist (molecular biologist) who researches the evolution of the eye and who is also privately obsessed with eyes. That leads to a long chain of more or less surprising events (no spoilers here).
But director Mike Cahill, who also wrote the screenplay, didn`t content himself with entertaining the audience. He packed the movie with a lot of topics like fate, religion, creationism, empathy, creationism, reincarnation, parenthood, love and much more. Finally the film got too many ingredients and many ideas didn`t fit together.
But "I Origins" was somewhat entertaining anyway, thanks to the excellent cast. Michael Pitt was very convincing as a curious and analytical working scientist. Brit Marling, as a congenial co-worker, combined her fresh look with intellectuality and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey was a real eye cookie. It also was a pleasure to watch the beautiful cinematography with nicely shot locations like New York City and India.