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I watched I Origin sometime ago, didn't like it:

I Origins (2014)

About: A young molecular biologist (Michael Pitt) and his new student laboratory partner (Brit Marling) work on uncovering evidence that will prove evolution is real, by disproving a key argument in the Intelligent Design belief.

Review: Director/writer Mike Cahill churns some goobly goo religious ideas under the guise of pseudo science. Mike Cahill who previously wrote and directed the thought provoking Indie sci fi Another Earth (2011), fails to deliver here with his ham fisted preaching and hokey science. Add into that some lifeless characters and you get a sleeper that's best left sleeping. I've seen movies made by Christian organizations and even though they have a message they can still be a well made film.

I Origins is a poorly made film. What we're asked to swallow is an abrupt 180 degree character change from a scientist who's working on proving evolution, then abruptly comes to believe souls are being reborn into babies, based on repeating iris specks in the eye. Of course this same research scientist who was dedicated to disproving Intelligent Design spends his time buying cigarettes and lottery tickets. Any scientist knows those are two stupid things to do.

Nothing else to say here, if you want to see a good though provoking sci fi by Mike Cahill, watch his Another Earth.




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In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

Another bad Netflix movie. It's story is logically flawed, its twists are very predictable and its whole concept is built on extremely black and white view of the world (which doesn't matter in certain kinds of films but feels childish in ones that pretend to delve in moral matters). Below average even for a time travel film

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I watched I Origin sometime ago, didn't like it:
You mentioned Cahill's Another Earth. I wonder if that's where they got the idea for the series Counterpart, with J.K. Simmons?



You mentioned Cahill's Another Earth. I wonder if that's where they got the idea for the series Counterpart, with J.K. Simmons?
Geez, I don't know, it could be. Have you seen Another Earth? If so, your thoughts?



Geez, I don't know, it could be. Have you seen Another Earth? If so, your thoughts?
Yes, I watched it last night. Overall the cast, acting, special effects, and photography were well done. And I enjoyed the ending.

But the notion of a duplicate Earth and Moon suddenly appearing in our solar system was so preposterous that it took a good 30 minutes or so of following the film to forget about the initial absurdity. Astrological impossibilities are acceptable in a super hero, straight sci/fi, or comic film; but in a more serious film, such as this one, it didn't sit right with me.

I did enjoy the underlying suspense and plot development, although it was hard to swallow that the girl could spend that much time from the git-go in service to the male protagonist without revealing her purpose.

Based strictly on this picture from 2011 and I Origins from 2014, I'd say that director/writer Mike Cahill is heading in the right direction. I'll have to investigate films that he's done since. Looks like he's done most of his work with, and starring, his lady Brit Marling, so it remains to be seen whether or not that will be a benefit or a limiting factor... I see the new one he's working on (Bliss) is without Marling.

~Doc



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But the notion of a duplicate Earth and Moon suddenly appearing in our solar system was so preposterous that it took a good 30 minutes or so of following the film to forget about the initial absurdity. Astrological impossibilities are acceptable in a super hero, straight sci/fi, or comic film; but in a more serious film, such as this one, it didn't sit right with me.
What an odd criticism. There are plenty of serious sci fi films with 'preposterous' ideas.

Besides, the plot point is almost a subtext mechanism to push on the notions of guilt, second chances and death etc etc etc



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The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) - Rewatch on Netflix


Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind (1984) - Rewatch on Blu-ray


Castle in the Sky (1986) - Rewatch on Blu-ray
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What an odd criticism. There are plenty of serious sci fi films with 'preposterous' ideas.

Besides, the plot point is almost a subtext mechanism to push on the notions of guilt, second chances and death etc etc etc
Try not to misconstrue my words. I never said AE was a "serious sci-fi movie". Straight sci-fi movies support preposterous ideas. This was a serious dramatic film which to my taste was made slightly inane and awkward by the introduction of a solar system impossibility.

You, of course, are entitled to your own opinion.

My guess is that Cahill simply wanted to spin this rather trite story in an other-worldly way, which is his penchant.

~Doc



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Peppermint (2018)



In short - this is a female version of the Punisher (which itself was a comic book version of Death Wish) with Jennifer Garner in the lead role.
So if you like revenge / vigilante movies, you'd probably like this.
One twist in the plot, otherwise fairly predictable.
Adequately exciting & action packed. Quite decent for your familiar action / revenge / vigilante movie.