I Origins opens in select theaters this week. It expands to Chicago’s Landmark Century Theatre on July 25th.
In Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, the focal image that sculpts much of the picture is that of an eye. Following a series of contrasting blacks and whites, the image of the eye dictates the picture’s thematic intent: it’s a film about the act of sight and calls to question our observational capacities. Mike Cahill’s I Origins is also a film that opens on the image of an eye; or rather, it bludgeons the viewer with a rapidly shifting visual of irises. Yet the act of observation is less critical to Cahill, whose intent is a messy and unconvincing cohesion of science-fiction tropes and self-important faux spirituality that ultimately registers as inconsequential.Read More