This documentary examines the origins of the universe, including the beginning of life on Earth.


Terrence Malick


Terrence Malick
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Cast overview:
Brad Pitt ... 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


This documentary examines the origins of the universe, including the beginning of life on Earth.

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Two versions were made: a 45-min IMAX version with Brad Pitt narrating and a 90-min 35mm version with Cate Blanchett narrating. As of 2021, the Blanchett-narrated "Life's Journey" version has yet to be released in the United States. See more »


Version of Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) See more »

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2016: A Malick Odyssey
3 October 2017 | by TroliusMaximusSee all my reviews

This film does not require much of a description... or, rather, it kind of defies it. However, given the paucity of extant reviews at time of writing, I thought I'd throw in my 2 shekels worth (NB: Nothing worse than few or zero reviews for one to scope out a potential viewing with... and without the ye olde forums to call upon for forewarning, going in blind is very risky nowadays).

'Voyage of Time' is essentially the hypnotic space sequences of Kubrick's 1968 seminal work, combined with 'HD Star Gaze'-type spacescape porn, and a sprinkling of the trademark Malick, meandering copy pasta (*the shtick is now getting to the point of overuse, that it almost feels vacuous... no "flowing curtains" here, though) thrown in for, err... coherence(?).

Do not see this expecting another 'Thin Red Line' or 'Days of Heaven' ― this is seemingly far more of an indulgence for Malick, than anything approaching an opus. The film is good ― do not misconstrue. It's just that it's more a spacescape with some evanescent Blanchett ruminations about "mutter" (?) ― then book-ended with an Australian aboriginal (perhaps inspired by the {vocal} presence of said actress... dunno) take on the '2001' director's famous "chimpanzee / Monolith" scenes ― than a film with a coherent tale underpinning its wistful veneer. There is a narrative one can interpolate here, but it's a 'each to their own' kind of offering.

I feel asleep watching this (twice)... But only because of how dreamy its visuals were; not because it was boring per se.

My God! It's made of 8 stars / 10.

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7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience See more »


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$55,409, 9 October 2016

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1.43 : 1
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