Saturday, July 26, 2014

Movies: I Origins

(Drivebycuriosity) - The human eye is a very sophisticated organ. Our window to the visual world has been evolved over millions of years. And each pupil is unique like fingerprints. These are the basic ideas of the movie "I Origins" (imdb).

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 Berg├Ęs-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.

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