Starring: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergés-Frisbey
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
When Mike Cahill and Brit Marling first worked together to make the stunning movie that is Another Earth, my mind was blown. So obviously, when I heard that they were going to make another movie together, I couldn't keep myself from getting excited. Then the trailer came out and it was wonderful. And then a little bit after that Black Nights Film Festival hit Tallinn and this film was in the schedule. So I finally got to see I Origins.
Don't get me wrong - there are moments in the movie that are truly extraordinary but these moments are rare and hidden away in a pile of unnecessary information and story lines. The narrative is so all over the place the story can't even keep up with itself. It's hard to get into details without spoiling the movie but what annoys me the most is that the basic idea behind the story is actually really interesting and could've been quite innovative if it done, well… well.
Apart from Astrid Bergés-Frisbey (whom I really wasn't that amazed by but I think that has more to do with her character than the actress) I can't really say anything bad about the acting. (How could I if you've got Brit Marling in the movie?) Nor do I have any bad words for the soundtrack. (I'm still listening to it.) And even with the directing I had no problems with.
I think what made this movie seem to be lacking something is ironically the fact that the script had too much in it. Also (but this is a matter of personal taste) I was not fond of the shaky cam - I realise it was probably meant to give off a sort of realistic and raw vibe but in my case, it just didn't let me concentrate as much on the movie itself. But, if nothing else, I Origins is visually stunning. That's just… it.Oh well, I guess I'll just go back to watching Another Earth again.