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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
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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From so simple a beginning. See more »

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

The film actually started shooting in 2003 when renowned nature cinematographer Paul Atkins (who also happened to be the director of photography of the film) alerted the filmmakers that volcanoes were erupting in Hawaii. So, they sent him off to capture some of the most extraordinary shots in the film, as molten lava bursts up under the ocean. One cameraman took the IMAX camera so close to exploding magma that his boots melted. See more »

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Narrator: Mother.
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Alternate Versions

There is a 46 minute version of Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) without narration and in a 3.6:1 aspect ratio for IMAX projection. See more »

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Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by The Hilliard Ensemble, Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor, Tallinna Kammerorkester, Tõnu Kaljuste
Published by Universal Edition AG
Courtesy of EC M Records 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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