Eyes are said to be windows to our souls, and I_Origins uses that fact as its focal point. Each iris is distinct; every shape and hue serving as an indelible signature for our innermost selves. I_Origins also explores ideas of afterlife, metaphysical memory, reincarnation and other spiritual concepts while providing an intriguing scientific take on spiritual matters.
Pitt, best known for his performance in Another Earth and showing remarkable range here, plays the film’s centerpiece role with an effective performance. Brit Marling won a Sloan award for her work in Another Earth; here she brings that same conviction and charm as an incorrigibly intelligent yet down-to-earth scientist in I Origins. Astrid Berges-Frisbey of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides fame portrays Sofi – a free spirit who relies solely on faith and intuition – charmingly personified.
The movie’s tone veers wildly from one extreme to the next, as Ian attempts to prove reincarnation through some of the silliest experiments this year. Unfortunately, however, its plot can’t support such an intriguing idea.
Cahill captures some stunning close-ups of eyes in I_Origins, as well as some riveting early scenes about a young child’s near-death experience that are truly unnerving. Unfortunately, however, the movie loses steam with its preposterous and contrived developments that send Ian on an unlikely spiritual quest in India.