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I Origins (2014)

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A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

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Mike Cahill

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Mike Cahill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Pitt ... Ian
Steven Yeun ... Kenny
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey ... Sofi
Brit Marling ... Karen
Dorien Makhloghi Dorien Makhloghi ... 7-Eleven Attendant
Charles Woods Gray ... Marriage Clerk (as Charles W. Gray)
John Schiumo John Schiumo ... TV Anchor
Farasha Baylock Farasha Baylock ... Posh Waitress
Ako ... Nurse
Christopher Santamaria Christopher Santamaria ... Baby Tobias
Sebastian Santamaria Sebastian Santamaria ... Baby Tobias
Cara Seymour ... Dr. Simmons
Rhonda Ayers ... Waitress
Crystal Anne Dickinson Crystal Anne Dickinson ... Julie Dairy
Venida Evans ... Margaret Dairy
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Storyline

I Origins begins when graduate student, Ian Gray, is researching the evolution of human eyes with Karen and Kenny, in order to prove that eyes have evolved instead of "appeared" as creationists claim. His fascination with eyes takes him into areas that have profound personal and cultural consequences. Written by Nebzyl and Blue Coronet

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

19 September 2014 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

O Universo no Olhar See more »

Filming Locations:

Brooklyn, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,652, 20 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$334,658, 15 August 2014
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Dolby

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Color

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2.39:1
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Trivia

At the scene that starts in seven eleven and afterwards in the bus, 11s are shown everywhere and the scene ends with two eyes. This could be a reference to 11 as well since the word "eye" is pronounced as the word "I", and II can be read as 11. See more »

Goofs

Ian and Kenny are shocked that duplicate iris patterns can be found in the database. However, a newscast about the Indian identification system explains that each iris pattern is stored as a 12-digit number - this is only 138 times greater than the world population (as of 2014), so many matches would be expected by pure chance. See more »

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[first lines]
Ian: Every living person on this planet has their own unique pair eyes. Each their own universe. My name is Doctor Ian Gray. I'm a father, and husband, and I'm a scientist. When I was a child, I realized that the camera was designed exactly like the human eye, taking in light through a lens, forming it into images. I began taking as many pictures of eyes as I possibly could. I'd like to tell you the story of the eyes that changed my world.
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After the credits, there is a scene depicting the beginning of the process of matching up famous historical figures' eyes with living people's eyes. See more »


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Driverless Car
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Written by Will Bates
Published by Fall On Your Sword (ASCAP)
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Beautiful actors seeking answers to profound questions
21 July 2014 | by steven-leibsonSee all my reviews

What if Shakespeare got it right when he wrote:

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. - Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio

Actually, we know that Shakespeare did get it right. Science adds new discoveries and corrects old theories constantly as it progresses. What's this have to do with "I, Origins"? It's one of the main themes of the movie: What if there's more to the universe than what we can perceive with our senses. Ask any real scientist and you'll find out that the concept is hardly new or controversial. We can't directly perceive radio waves or x-rays yet we make use of them every day. Nevertheless, this movie approaches the topic in a way that makes this question, perhaps, easier to approach for non-scientists.

Similarly, the movie tackles the theme of science versus religion. This theme is played up a lot in contemporary press coverage and "I, Origins" tackles this question intelligently as well. Again, ask a scientist about science and religion and you will likely find out that there isn't really a conflict between the two. Science looks into how the universe works. Religion is concerned with why? "How" and "why" are two sides of the same coin.

The movie also explores the long-existing notion that we are in some way tied to certain individuals for all time. Soul mates, if you will. Don't ask a scientist about that one.

The main actors in "I, Origins" are young and beautiful. Even the lab rat, played by Brit Marling, who starred in director Mike Cahill's prior and debut film "Another Earth," cannot hide her exceptional beauty behind glasses and sweats or a pregnancy suit. So if you enjoy seeing beautiful people asking seemingly profound questions in interesting settings, this is your movie.

Like Cahill's "Another Earth," this movie probes profound questions about the human existence. It's beautifully shot (though I think it needs some more editing), well acted by attractive people, and in the end will probably get you thinking. If that sounds like a mystical experience and a good investment of two hours of your time, then this film's something you should see.

We saw this film as part of the Camera Cinema Club series in San Jose.


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