Touching on similar themes as The Fountain and Upstream Color, Mike Cahill brings a moody, ethereal study to blu-ray this week. I Origins capitalizes on the same familiar tones as his previous work, Another Earth, but expands on the director's merits as a verifiable cinematic artiste that continues to grow with this latest feature. I Origins is not the straight genre film some expected and its slow burn might turn some viewers off. Yet, it's one of the best of 2014 with Michael Pitt's illuminating performance as molecular biologist, Ian.
|"Did you say I'm the STAR of|
this movie!!! About time!"
Fans of the strange and surreal Another Earth will find strong tonal comparisons and numerous dynamic similarities between the two pictures. But, I Origins is a far more expansive work that takes Cahill to new heights as a director. He shows marked improvement with smarter dialogue, more fleshed out ideas, and a much harder push to get his real point across. With Another Earth, things felt glossed over or left to the audience to decide. With I Origins, Cahill takes a little while to begin fleshing out the story, but when he finally gains that resourceful momentum, the plot becomes a near masterpiece with its heartfelt tale of love lost too soon.
|"Yeah, I know. I took a picture.|
It'll last longer. Duh."
Fans of Cahill's previous work will find I Origins to be another challenging but nearly perfect theatrical tale. It crosses the fine line between sci-fi and drama while exploring modern themes of science versus religion without ever feeling convoluted or self aware. If you like demanding films that require some amount of thought, I Origins is definitely for you. This is a great blend of numerous genres that uses its small cast to its full extent while finally allowing Michael Pitt the screen time he so deserves.