I give 3 stars for the way the intrigue was developped,but the plot was original and deserves 4 stars. The cast, and specifically Agnès Bergès-Frisbey & Brit Marling, conveyed emotions in such a magical way. Spoiler - Just felt like the relationship between Michael Pitt's character & Brit Marling's charactet was unfortunately bland. Overall an interesting film to watch, i was delighted.
Honestly, I loved the premise of I ORIGINS. It was unique and interesting. Mike Cahill succeed to combine various theme such as science fiction, romance, and tragedy. Cahill knows how to handle it well. Unfortunately, I was kinda disappointed when one of the character died, and I ORIGIN began to focus in its science fiction theme. The transition looks rough and it feels rushed. But it's still an entertaining movie...
Cahill is that good. I can just say it gives hope, somehow. That ending elevator scene is just sweetly terse, stunning, jarring, visceral and unforgettable at the same time, augmented with a bit of Radiohead to round everything up, which saddens me even more. Speaking of which, DO NOT LEAVE when the end titles start rolling, as there is an intriguing and surprising post-end titles sequence you don't want to miss.
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.
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.
Sofi: Do you know the story of the Phasianidae? Ian: The... No, what's that? Sofi: It's a bird that experiences all of time in one instant. And she sings the song of love and anger and fear and joy and sadness all at once. And this bird... when she meets the love of her life... is both happy and sad. Happy because she sees that for him it is the beginning, and sad because she knows it is already over.