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The Scientist (2010)

A reclusive physicist creates a mysterious machine in his basement that changes his life and all those around him.


Zach LeBeau
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Sage ... Dr. Marcus Ryan
Adam LeFevre ... Dr. Alan Reed
Jamie Elman ... David Williams
Brittany Benjamin ... Jessica Williams
Daniela Lavender ... Claire Ryan
Jerry Longe Jerry Longe ... Carl
Quinn Kay Quinn Kay ... Sara Ryan
Bryan McClure ... Andrew
Gary Planck Gary Planck ... Taxi Driver
Lena Noel Krussel Lena Noel Krussel ... Little Girl
Matt Harwell Matt Harwell ... Little Girl's Father
Beth Paprocki Beth Paprocki ... Little Girl's Mother
Tina Dixon Tina Dixon ... Receptionist #1
Emily Fradenburgh ... Receptionist #2
Michelle Zacharia Michelle Zacharia ... Kim


The Scientist follows a brilliant physicist, Dr. Marcus Ryan (Bill Sage), who anguishes over the tragic death of his wife and daughter while secretly constructing a mysterious energy generator in his basement. The multi-dimensional energy unleashed by the machine triggers a series of events that propels Ryan toward a higher level of consciousness. Written by A.J.

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Release Date:

16 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA See more »

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Polynation Pictures See more »
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Early in the movie, Marcus opens an old-fashioned, mechanical music box which plays the first few stanzas of the melody to the nursery rhyme "Row, Row, Row Your Boat". Before it plays the last stanza ("Life is but a dream"), however, he abruptly shuts its lid, stopping the music. The next time he opens it, its mechanism should resume playing where the song had left off, but instead it starts over, at the beginning of the song. See more »


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Having "science" in the title does not make this science fiction.
1 April 2011 | by psamathosSee all my reviews

Among all the other recent movies uncreatively named after the professions of their main characters, this one is the least descriptive. This movie could have equally well been called "The Artist," "The Carpenter," or even "The Housekeeper," and it would have lost nothing. The story has nothing to do with science or scientists, except that it happens that the protagonist used to be one. Even calling it science fiction is a stretch: at best, it's a hackneyed drama with some mystical overtones. Throw in some irrelevant side-plot about his new neighbour's wife, and that's about the long and short of it.

It's not all bad, of course: The acting, cinematography, and music are all well done, but the pacing is so painfully slow and the story so jumbled and ill-conceived that this is not worth watching.

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