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Dark Matter (2007)

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Based on actual events, a Chinese university student responds violently when his chances for a Nobel Prize are dashed by school politics.

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Liu Xing
Peng Chi ...
Mama
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Jacob Reiser
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Hildy
Yonggui Wang ...
Baba
Lei Tsao ...
Zhang Ming
Jing Shan ...
Wang Ying
He Yu ...
Old Wu
Bo Li ...
Little Square
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Reverend Hollings
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Hal Silver
Hui Zhang ...
Monkey King
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Professor Colby
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Liu Xing is a scholarship boy from China, newly arrived in Salt Lake City, a graduate student in cosmology, in Utah to study in Professor Reiser's prestigious program. Back in China, Liu Xing's parents are proud of him, and he dedicates himself to fulfilling their hopes. All the graduate students in the program work on projects that extend and further Reiser's model of the origins of the universe. Liu Xing does well until his own theories move him away from Reiser's. Will Reiser and the department recognize Liu Xing's brilliance? Can the young man's benefactor, Joanna Silver, intercede? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for a scene of violence, brief sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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24 April 2008 (Singapore)  »

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$8,701 (USA) (11 April 2008)

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$30,041 (USA) (16 May 2008)
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Taylor Schilling did not get to actually play opposite Meryl Streep during the shoot, though she did have to share the same pair of jeans since their characters were supposed to reflect each other in different time frames. See more »

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Still Photographer Matthew Margolin and Additional Still Photographer Tyler Meiners are listed twice during the end credit roll. See more »

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Giftedly directed, brilliantly performed
29 November 2012 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

The main issue beyond the plot - dark matter, cosmology etc - are not interesting to me, but the scenes have smoothly combined and related human issues have been pleasantly highlighted (perhaps the ending comes too suddenly). When East meets West, then differences in thinking and linguistic difficulties are present and coping with them is not always easy for those involved and their circles. And like in many other areas, science is also full of intrigues and I am sure that many important inventions or explorations have been covered up or postponed.

All the cast is good at least, but Liu Ye and Meryl Streep are both outperforming the others. Mrs Streep is definitely the greatest, the most versatile contemporary actress. Mr Ye was unknown to me, but I think he is worth remembering (hopefully Hollywood will not exploit him in B-range action movies).

Recommendable to those fond of dramas based on real events, although I consider Hawking (2004) better.


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