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I Origins

I Origins
Starring:
Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Steven Yeun and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey


Rated: R for some sexuality/nudity, and language.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: August 1, 2014 Released by: Fox Searchlight Pictures

A New Age sci-fi imbroglio comes from the maker of the intriguingly ambitious haunting Another Earth which related a paradoxical, parallel view of humanity regarding our solar system. It's a link of the spiritual with science that ultimately regards itself as keener than it really is. But may connect in its elliptical editing and storytelling to the scientifically well-versed.

Now, Mike Cahill's  I Origins, which stars Michael Pitt and Brit Marling (also of Another Earth), maybe becomes more goofy than eerily intoxicating in spite of polished production values for another modestly budgeted effort.

A bespectacled Pitt (once remembered for varied adult features like Funny Games and The Dreamers) who almost often seems zoned-out is an obsessive PhD candidate molecular biologist Ian Gray studying optical evolution which have a uniqueness like fingerprints.

A masked, black-leather clad woman Ian notices only through her eyes is the alluring, exotic Sofi (French starlet Astrid Berges-Frisbey) that leads to passion and a closeness before a terrible accident opens him up in an incorporeal way.

A breakthrough with his lab partner Karen, a somewhat brittle Marling also from Arbitrage whom he becomes fond of brings him to a dairy farm and then to India when it comes to locating a set of eyeballs. William Mapother (Marling's Another Earth co-star) appears in a sort of nondescript cameo as a preacher and to the filmmaker's credit there is dutiful backup as preposterousness begins to dominate. I Origins has the capability to be sentient and spooky with a mental acuity around the notion of reincarnation but for many looking for a twisty, effective drama may find it mostly a cheesy cinematic absurdity to chew on afterwards.

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