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1,290 Ratings

I Origins

Directed by Mike Cahill
United States, 2014
Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance


A molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover startling evidence that could fundamentally change society as we know it and cause them to question their once-certain beliefs in science and spirituality.

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I Origins Directed by Mike Cahill
Cahill is a wiz at amping up dramatic portent in the moment, but any pathos is undermined by his characters’ regression into ciphers. Lines like “I didn’t ask you what you thought, I asked you how you felt” state aloud what need only be implied, until Ian and Karen resemble less molecular biologists than audience members commenting on their own emotional whiplash.
July 14, 2014
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You never stop feeling Cahill working to get the movie someplace profound. But it skates on a rigorously pretentious lake of pseudo-science. Stud-shouldered leather jackets, lab-bound lovemaking, the streets and apartments of Williamsburg, Brooklyn: This is a fashion magazine’s impersonation of academic wonder.
January 22, 2014
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The filmmaker’s plotting is still deeply simplistic: Once you’ve solved the mystery, there’s little to do but wait for Pitt’s stubborn rationalist—whose certainty, the film helpfully, constantly reminds, is another form of dogma—to catch up. This is arted-up twist cinema at its most self-important, building to an ending that’s designed to blow minds but doesn’t pack any of the emotional wallop it should.
January 19, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film I Origins

    ***1/2. In order to read signs, you've got to have eyes. I like this screenplay evoking the eternal conflict between Science and Religion.The movie is clearly better than Mike Cahill's first effort 'Another Earth'. Strongly recommended.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film I Origins

    Ian and Sofi's random relationship feels like a cheap excuse to bring an emotional background to the discovery at the end of the film, which didn't work for me. I was hoping for an indie sci-fi, in the tone of 'Another Earth' but apart from the two main characters appearance, 'I Origins' didn't live up to my expectations.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film I Origins

    After "Another Earth" Cahill delivers another (most of the time) smart, emotional, indie sci-fi flick. While the romance that takes place during the first half of the film unfolds in a lazy way (how many times have we seen that rational/emotional love couple on TV and films?) ending with Sofi's sketchy death, the second part is more entertaining. There are some outstanding shots throughout but it's an uneven film.

  • msmichel's rating of the film I Origins

    Cahill's strongest suit continues to be as writer with another cleverly composed script as equally thought provoking as his debut 'Another Earth'. Cinematography is strong as is Cahill's editing abilities. The film's weak point is its chief casting especially Michael Pitt who fails to register deeply here. Marling plays a bit of a cliché here as well. A film of deep ideas but poor characterization.

  • anarresti's rating of the film I Origins

    In terms of religion trying to get even with Darwin, this is as good as it gets. (There's a lot of unwatchable creationist panfletarian flicks out there, you can pick your naive-heroic narrative or your pseudo-science documentary one). But this is actually a good try. What creationists have been doing is taking the fun/depth out of the debate. (This film does end fulfilling its purpose, it does formulate a question)

  • manybits's rating of the film I Origins

    Toxic advertisement disguised as a new age fairy tale for yet more invasive surveillance technologies: eye scanning, another neoliberal instrument for total mass control. This is the true cinema of biopower: deceptive and destructive. A true eye opener. Watch Citizenfour instead.

  • lndah's rating of the film I Origins

    If only they care enough to fill the gaps instead of just plastering it with beautiful cinematography and soundtrack, this could be at least 4 stars.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film I Origins

    A truly relevant concept - fueled by uncharacteristic performances - in the wake of a more global spiritual awakening. Unfortunately, Cahill takes the wrong approach, inexplicably trying to build suspense where there is none. It could have been a convincing celebration of the metaphysical world. Instead, it feels like a second-rate thriller.

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