I Origins (2014) Review

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I Origins (2014)

Directed by Mike Cahill

Starring:
Michael Pitt
Brit Marling
Astrid Berges-Frisbey
Steven Yeun
Archie Panjabi
William Mapother
Cara Seymour

Running time: 106 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB):
A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

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My Opinion:

Has anyone else seen this? Has anyone even heard of it?? Well, it showed up at a cinema near me & I liked the sound of it after reading that it was another Brit Marling film (written & directed by the same guy who directed Another Earth & co-wrote the script for that one with her). I quite liked Another Earth so the hubby & I went to this one today and we were the ONLY ones watching it. Don’t you love it when that happens?? πŸ™‚

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As far as Brit Marling films go, I liked I Origins a lot more than Sound Of My Voice (which I reviewed HERE). But did I like it better than Another Earth?? Hmm… I think I actually did. It’s very similar to the style and the sort of themes explored in Another Earth. I think. You know, I’m not one to really think TOO hard about movies and I’m terrible about noticing things like symbolism and all that. Luckily, I had the hubby with me today to point out a lot of things that I’d have otherwise missed in this movie and it helped me to appreciate the film a bit more (but don’t tell him I said that). I especially liked his theories on the lift (elevator to you Americans). Maybe I’ll further explore all that in my mind. First, though, I need some lunch as I haven’t had anything other than popcorn!

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Let’s see… I’m not sure how much to say about this movie as I think it’s really best to not spoil it in any way. As you can tell by the pictures (and the poster), eyes are very important to the plot. Michael Pitt & Brit Marling are scientists who research the evolution of eyes (to put it very basically – there’s a bit more to it but that was all a bit over my head). There’s a lot of talk of God vs Science and all that. This is very “indie”, though, so it won’t be for everyone. It’s a “sci-fi drama” and, just like Another Earth, uses sci-fi more as the backdrop while it’s actually exploring human relations and how we’re so different yet so connected. I’m going to wrap this up now because I probably don’t really know what I’m talking about.

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Summary:

If you’re a patient person who likes an intriguing story that takes its time exploring the characters and throwing a lot of symbolism out there before getting a bit more in-depth as to what the movie is REALLY about, you might like this. If you hate indie films and you weren’t a fan of Another Earth, it’s unlikely that you’d enjoy this movie. It’s very slow-paced, yes. But, as much as I love having a cinema to myself, I’m sad to see movies like these go so unnoticed. I KNEW we’d be the only ones watching this film today. Yet I dread to think how many people will be at that same cinema watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when it finally comes out here. It’s a sad world we live in…

I recommend this to fans of Another Earth for sure. Overall, I think I even preferred I Origins to that film as I liked the story and characters a bit more. Hopefully you’ll have the opportunity to see it as I believe it’s a pretty limited release in the UK right now as well as in America back in July.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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**Edit to add: Oh! I forgot! There IS a scene at the very end after all the credits that you should probably stay for….

October HORROR FEST starting tomorrow at Cinema Parrot Disco!

Okay – it won’t be much of a “fest” but it’ll hopefully be a bit of fun for the few people who occasionally stop by on this blog. πŸ™‚ Last year I did this whole “Halloween Horror Fest” where I reviewed several horror movies based on other bloggers’ reviews that I’d liked. This year I’ll just be doing random horror movie reviews but I’ll try to review as many as possible for all of October. So, other than reviewing new releases that I go to in the cinema in October (I’m hoping to see Gone Girl Thursday & post a review for it Friday), it’ll be ALL HORROR, baby! Well, except for maybe one that’s more of a thriller, one that’s a dark fantasy, and one that’s more of an “alien invasion comedy” that my hubby insists I can’t post during my horror month. But, hey – my blog, my rules!

Here’s a little bit about what’s in store for this month:

IMDB Top 250 Reviews: I’m starting these up again next week but will only be posting one each Tuesday. For October, I have four Top 250 reviews of films that should fit in okay during my month of scary movies.

CPD Classics: Remember these? I used to sometimes review all-time favorites of mine or favorites that I just felt needed highlighting as they aren’t that well known. Several of these will be popping up throughout this month so I can talk about some of my favorite horror films (including my top two). But only some – I need to leave some for me to do next October just in case I’m actually still blogging then.

Zombie Fridays: Starting next week, I’ll post a review of a zombie movie every Friday for the rest of the month. Two are classics and two are their remakes – I thought it would be fun to compare them.

That’s it, folks! Nothing too special planned but I hope you enjoy my horror reviews and perhaps discover one you’d never heard of and would like to check out. I know that’s one of the things I love most about blogging – discovering new movies through the reviews posted on all the great blogs here. πŸ™‚

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51 thoughts on “I Origins (2014) Review

  1. I saw a few trailers for this a while back but didn’t know what to think of it. I’m glad to hear you liked it. The thought of an empty screening for this and a full house for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is very depressing.

      • Yup! Already started watching it. I’m trying to be in ahead this year. πŸ™‚
        By the way, I’m way overdue to give you those IMDB reviews. I still haven’t dug out The Hobbit yet in our boxes but I’ll try to get one to you soon πŸ˜‰

      • That’s okay – no rush on the IMDB reviews! Hey – if you want to do The Hobbit in December, I’d post it just before the final one comes out in theaters. πŸ™‚

  2. Excellent review! Been waiting to read someone else’s thoughts on this one, reviews have been sparse. I rather enjoyed this film quite abit, perhaps a bit more than you. Yet I don’t think it’s in the same league as Another Earth, a great flick in its own right, however :).

    • Thanks! I’ve not seen any reviews at all – I hadn’t even heard of this until I saw the theater listings. The more I’ve thought about this, the more I’ve realized I really do like this one more than Another Earth. Both are good, though. I hope he keeps making movies like these. Apparently he has a sequel in mind for this one. Feels like it based on the end credits scene. πŸ™‚

  3. Your blog.. your rules baby! Oh yay glad you reviewed this. You are the only other person who has mentioned this. I saw the preview and my sister kept telling me we needed to see this because of the 1111 that they talk about in the trailer. I see those numbers all the time and I text her and tell her and she always makes fun of me…so she kept saying you have to see this movie if only for that reason. HAHAHA Great review!!

    • Hey! Are you back to blogging much? I haven’t done a lot of it but will do my best to get a decent amount of horror reviews written. πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed I Origins and even kind of more so since thinking about it more – I wrote this review RIGHT after seeing it. You might like it – hope you can watch it somehow! πŸ™‚

  4. An interesting idea that definitely seems to go places, but after awhile, the sci-fi mumbo jumbo became a bit much for me and the metaphors hit me over the head. Good review.

    • I’m actually quite surprised you’ve not heard of Another Earth. I recommend watching at least one! I’d have to say Another Earth is probably going to be a bit more popular but I know now that I definitely preferred I Origins. πŸ™‚

  5. Yaaayyy I’m all caught up! Apologies for falling behind…again. :/ I’ll always come back though!! Pinkie swear. πŸ™‚ I’ve been seeing several positive reviews floating around about this. Sounds interesting! May have to give it a whirl! Nice job!

    • Thanks, Cara! Now that I’m waaaay behind in replying to your comment, I can tell you that I like I Origins more and more as I’ve thought about it this past month. There’s so much meaning in everything in it…

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    • Hehe. You’re welcome! I forgot to mention the end credits scene when I first posted this. The director hopes to make a sequel – I suppose it’s down to how much money this film made. Probably not much. :-/ I’d love to see a sequel…

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