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I Origins

Romance . Drama . Sci-Fi . Science Fiction

I Origins follows a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner, they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.

Actors: Christopher Santamaria , Ako , Farasha Baylock , Johns Schiumo , Charles W. Gray , Dorien Makhloghi , Brit Marling , Astrid Bergès-Frisbey , Steven Yeun , Michael Pitt
Directors: Mike Cahill
Country: USA
Release: 2014-09-19
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  • Todd McCarthy

    I Origins is a bracingly venturesome, exploratory work that achieves an exceptional balance between the emotional and intellectual aspects of its unusual story.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    An exploration of where science ends and spirituality picks up, this second feature from writer-director Mike Cahill (Another Earth) is captivating, suspenseful and thought-provoking.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    Cahill has not only made a thoughtful and compelling movie about science, but he’s also given us an intriguing story that delves into the age-old debate of faith vs. hard proof involving the possibility of a higher spiritual power.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A true indie film roller-coaster ride, from moon-eyed romance to aching heartbreak, cerebral puzzle to incredibly moving, emotional resolution to that puzzle. In a season of the year where sci-fi is dumbed down and then dumbed some more for mass consumption, here’s a piece of speculative fiction that will stick with you long after the last Transformer’s battery has died.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Brit Marling, who starred in and co-wrote Cahill’s debut feature, “Another Earth,” is very good as Ian’s lab assistant and eventual wife, and a young Indian girl named Kashish, a nonactress I would guess, is unforgettable.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    I Origins is a fascinating examination of belief, spirituality and otherworldliness through the skeptical lens of science, however, it's not always perfect.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    Cahill's second feature film is another smart, inventive and engaging offering.

    Empire Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Thought-provoking, making this a solid date movie science geeks and philosophy freaks alike.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    A film that aims for the stars and may have found one here on earth.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It is a film that can sometimes frustrate in its supporting characters but Cahill and his talented cast are unapologetically willing to explore the kind of complex intangibles that filmmakers often ignore or merely turn into pretentious drivel. Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The attraction between the resolutely empirical scientist and his “spiritual,” hippy-dippy girlfriend gives the film an unpredictable quality.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    It works its own sort of magic. After all, who doesn't want to believe that the soul does have a window, and that if it closes we might open it again?

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    While still invested in grandiose swipes at big ideas and the epistemological babbling of a late night college dorm room conversation, Cahill generates an authentic sense of mystery by keeping a tighter lid on the secrets of the universe.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The hypnotic, clicky soundtrack, Bergès-Frisbey’s playful yet sad performance, and a few significant script moments laying out the film’s philosophy all aim toward a sleepy trance that helps put the biggest flaws into soft focus.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    As a director, Cahill’s a capable and sometimes breathtaking stylist, and he accomplishes remarkable things on a modest budget, topping up the visuals with patterns, rhymes, and concordances.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The film ends with an ambiguous, yet powerful conclusion. It doesn’t answer the question it raises, yet the way it’s asked keeps it echoing in your head. Except that Cahill can’t seem to leave well enough alone.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Cahill, who did the equally heady, intriguing drama “Another Earth” (2011), keeps the tone consistent. He makes certain his cast walks a savvy tightrope, keeping things taut.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Calum Marsh

    The story proceeds with all the flighty unreality of a film unconcerned with real-world scientific rigor... but Cahill manufactures enough conspiracies, coincidences, and extraordinary turns of plot to keep his thinking audience too busy to care.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Persuasive sci-fi tech talk, soulful romance and an earnest stab at metaphysics combine in director Mike Cahill's polished second feature.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    I Origins is about on-par with “Another Earth,” but it’s still disappointing that a film so obsessed with the eye has such a fuzzy, blurred vision of what it wants to do. Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Stories about scientists doubting what they know to be true — "Contact," for example — can be provocative and engaging, on an intellectual and emotional level. But I Origins challenges too little and ties up things too neatly for it to register as anything more than well-made, well-intentioned hogwash.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Poorly paced with a tendency to veer into the pretentious and littered with contrivances and dramatic short-cuts, I Origins fails to provide a single three-dimensional character or compelling relationship.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Although the film and the actors keep on looking good, this solemn, soppy, fantasy has nothing to say about science or faith.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The struggle between faith and reason somehow gets sidetracked, resulting in a sometimes silly, too-obvious journey.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    I Origins is at its best when it's a personal story about relationships, and it has a strong first hour.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Even when plausibility fails, I Origins is elegantly cosseted by its dreamy camerawork (courtesy of Markus Förderer) and pretty people.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    On the face of it, tackling the warring sides of science and the spirit seemed a good fit for the writer-director, who continues to be drawn to existential themes. There are occasional flashes of the exceptional, but the film's dodgy story can't sustain them.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Lee Dallas

    It treats its characters as placeholders for philosophical arguments and spends the majority of its running time trying to "solve" existential mysteries without adequately exploring them.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    I Origins is an exercise in supreme obviousness, beginning (but not ending) with its double entendre of a title.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The problem is, the second half of the film -- when it's time for it to get down to business -- isn't nearly as compelling as the first. As a result, the impact of Cahill's story is muted as the payoff just doesn't feel rewarding.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    The final third of I Origins helps make up for much of the movie's earlier shortcomings, and while it does have a nice gothic look, it's not nearly as captivating as Cahill intends.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I Origins really loses its oomph when Ian travels to India in search of a particular pair of eyeballs, and the movie closes on a note that would make even M. Night Shyamalan roll his own.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    “Another Earth” was a heartfelt entertainment that managed to infuse a tantalizing science fiction premise with thought and feeling. I Origins is too committed to explaining itself to repeat the trick and falls into the trap of taking its daffy intellectual conceits far too seriously.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This new feature, though, sets up a dialectic between reason and faith and argues it insistently, with eye-rolling earnestness.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Amber Wilkinson

    Despite his free and easy camerawork, which generates some lovely moments between Ian and Sofi, Cahill's narrative jolts along in fits and starts.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The film amounts to a lousy sort of magic show, schematically pulling strings to prove its own points.

    Variety Full Review
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