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Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Drama | 4 May 2017 (France)
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An exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity's place in the future. With narration by Cate Blanchett.

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Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick
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Cast overview:
Cate Blanchett ... Narrator (voice)
Jamal Cavil Jamal Cavil ... Early Human
Maisha Diatta Maisha Diatta ... Early Human
Yagazie Emezi Yagazie Emezi ... Early Human
Daryl James Harris II Daryl James Harris II ... Early Human
Sebastian Jackson Sebastian Jackson ... Early Human
Abraham Kosgei Abraham Kosgei ... Early Human
Runa Lucienne Runa Lucienne ... Early Human
Theo Bongani Ndyalvane Theo Bongani Ndyalvane ... Early Human (as Theophilus Bongani Ndyalvane)
Jejuan Plair Jejuan Plair ... Early Human
Gabi Rojas Gabi Rojas ... Early Human
Shaun Ross Shaun Ross ... Early Human
Mechelle Tunstall Mechelle Tunstall ... Early Human
Sanetra Stewart Sanetra Stewart ... Early Human
Blane E. Warrior II Blane E. Warrior II ... Early Human
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An exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity's place in the future. With narration by Cate Blanchett.

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The story of our universe See more »

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Documentary | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for a sequence of nudity, and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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France | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2017 (France) See more »

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Voyage of Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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In producing and finding imagery for the film, Malick found great resources within the scientific community. "There's many different astrophysical shots, as you'll see, many of which are created from original high-res imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope," said producer Nicolas Gonda, "In addition to that, and through the guidance of our Visual Effects Supervisor, Dan Glass, we also created live, analogue re-creations of events telescopes wouldn't be able to see." [2016] See more »

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[repeated line]
Narrator: Mother.
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Connections

Version of Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) See more »

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In Principio
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by the Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor, Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester(as Estonian National Symphony Orchestra), Conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste
Published by Universal Edition AG
Courtesy of ECM Record GmbH
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beautiful and boring
24 June 2017 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

One of the previous films of Terrence Malick , The Tree of Life included a long segment about the origins of the Universe. When I saw that movie it was not at all clear to me how that part was related to the rest of the story - a family saga developing around a complicated father - son relationship. Director Malick was so much in love with that part that he decided to abandon any fiction in his latest movie and focus on the cosmology story. The result is Voyage of Time: Life's Journey which is listed as a documentary, although I have a hard time sticking it into that category either. Documentaries have as goal educating, or making statements about history or society or nature. Here we seem to be closer to poetry or sophisticated video art. What counts eventually is not the category but the result.

The film starts with CGI images of the birth of the Universe combined with cosmic video art based on images of the most remote (thus the earliest) galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It continues with images that describe or reconstruct the birth of Earth, the appearance of water and life, the evolution of plants and animals, the cosmic events (like the asteroid that almost eradicated life on Earth and put an end to the dominance and very existence of the dinosaurs), the emergence of mankind and its evolution towards the mega-cities of today, with their human mosaic and social problems. Most of the images combine fabulous nature filming with computerized effects and they are great, the story telling is visually astounding and has its own logic. I would have loved the film to be only visuals. I would have even accepted the soundtrack although I am not great fan of the world music or Gregorian chants, not when used in New Age messaging. Unfortunately Malick decided to add a spoken commentary and I simply could not make any sense of it. Some incantations and frightened kid questions directed to an over-present Mother (Nature? a feminine God?) were repeated over and over. To be clear, I like and I understand poetry, I respect religious feelings and texts, but the spoken commentary was nothing of these. The fact that Cate Blanchett , an actress that I deeply admired borrowed her voice to read this text, did not help, it just made me mad because I feel that her huge talent was wasted here. The result is just boring, and I surprised myself almost napping despite the beauty on screen.

OK. So Terrence Malick wanted hardly to make a film about the history of the Universe. A Film about Everything. The Film about Everything. Now that you made it, please, Mr. Malick , come back to making the films we loved you for, films like Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line.


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