Normally when discussing a movie, you don’t get to have a conversation about how science can potentially explain religion and the impact that has on the world. But not every movie discussion is with director Mike Cahill about his new movie, I Origins. The film is now in theaters and if you like intellectual sci-fi, you should check it out. It’s an engaging, mysterious love story that evolves over the course of its run time to be about the entire nature of life itself. Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Brit Marling (The East), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean 4) star in the film.
This is Cahill’s second feature. Much as in his first one, Another Earth, Cahill takes a mind-blowing sci-fi conceit and filters it through a human story. This time it’s about a scientist who, while doing research about iris recognition, falls in love with a girl because of her eyes. But it’s about much more than that.
In person, Cahill is engaging, eloquent and easy to talk to. He has big ideas about his films, not just their content but their presentation and marketing too. In our interview with him (which we’ve highlighted twice already) we talk a little about the spoiler-filled marketing for the film before getting deep into a conversation about the implications of the film’s scientific and religious philosophy, how the magnificent end credits scene leads into a potential sequel, the real science that went into writing. and finally the new Hollywood model of taking filmmakers like Cahill, and giving them massive blockbusters.
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The movie I Origins, now in theaters, isn’t called that just to be clever. Writer/director Mike Cahill originally sold a film called I to Fox Searchlight, but it was too big to make at the time. So he looked at the backstory to that film and made I Origins in hopes that he’d eventually get to make I. That struggle is detailed at this link.
Now that the movie has opened in a good amount of theaters (and hopefully some of you checked it out) we wanted to dig deep into some spoilers. Specifically, how the end credits tag of I Origins (yes, there’s mind blowing, must-see Nick Fury tag on the film) would directly lead into I. Below, read what Cahill had to say about how about the super spoilery coda scene leads directly into I. Read More »
One of my favorite films of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was I Origins, a science vs. faith character-based dramatic science fiction indie film about the possible existence of an afterlife. The film hits theaters this week and its not the type of movie that is an easy sell from watching a trailer (in fact, the trailer gives away far too much, but this is coming from someone who feels the first sentence of this post probably reveals too much already). After walking out of the movie, I had a lengthy conversation with a few journalist friends about the film. One thing I said was I’d love to see a film which shows a continuation of this story and the implications it may have (the film has a scene during the credits that points in this direction). As it turns out, I Origins was actually written as a prequel.
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You won’t even need to see the credit card that says I, Frankenstein is from the creators of the Underworld films to get that series’ vibe from this trailer.
This film casts Aaron Eckhart as the best-looking Frankenstein monster ever in a story that goes with the now-standard over-inflation of stakes. In other words, this isn’t a tale about man overreaching his capability or encroaching on God’s territory by making his own creation; it’s about the THE END OF ALL MANKIND. Oh, and the Frankenstein monster has been around for two hundred years which, I guess, accounts for the fact that he’s grown to be so good-looking.
The first trailer features a lot of CG monsters and gargoyles, and no shortage of action glamour shots. Read More »