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Eye spy a truly phenomenal movie

I Origins explores the emotional risks involved with playing god to disprove religion…

A young scientist is attempting to disprove that god exists, through the concept of gene-memory in eyesight.

Dr Ian Gray (Michael Pitt) is a molecular biologist who finds himself caught up in a mind-fuck cycle of statistically impossible, spiritual links that lead him to the love of his life, and ultimately the discovery of the century.

Ian is studying iris patterns as part of an experiment to see whether sightless creatures can me mutated to gain sight. As a hobby, he takes photos of people’s eyes, of which he has thousands on a harddrive tucked away at home. Bit weird, sure.

This profound plot soon takes him across the globe to India, where he’s challenged to find one girl in millions, just by a photo of her eyes. It has some extraordinary moments, some ironic twists and a few moments worth speculation.

But don’t let that get in the way of a film that gives voice to the world’s oldest argument, through the eyes of science and love - that of the existence of a higher being.

Half dreamy love story, half thrill-fuelled mystery novel, I Origins will take your breath away. It’s long, and slow in the uptake, but its concluding sentiments are exciting and emotionally exhausting. This film will make you question societal values as you know them.

A strangely haunting soundtrack, and wonderful performances from Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Sofi, and Brit Marling, Ian’s second lab partner/eventual wife, really work together to produce an artistic, paced movie.

GT gives I Origins: five stars

I Origins is out next month.

Words Will Ross, @WillRoss94

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