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Film Review: I Origins
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I Origins (2014). Written and directed by Mike Cahill. The film centres around PhD student Ian Gray (Michael Pitt). Gray has taken photos of people's eyes since he was a child, and his PhD now relates to genetic research in eyes. 8 years prior he meets a girl, wearing a strange balaclava, at a party. He takes photos of her eyes, and they are about to have sex when he makes an offhand comment and she runs off. The film moves back to present day, and Gray sees a billboard with the eyes of the girl he met 8 years ago. He tries to track her down. I was intrigued by I Origins, as I rather like the idea of taking photos of eyes, and it alluded at an interesting premise. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment, and I had a number of problems with it. The story is slow and meandering, and none of the characters are particularly likeable. The main plot thread is spread very thinly and the big reveal is both easily guessed and ultimately rather daft. I'm not quite sure who to recommend this to, but perhaps fans of very slow hokey "spiritual" films. 1/5 (Awful)
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