Michael Pitt: 10 Greatest movies of all time

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2. I, Origins

Release Date: January 18, 2014, at the Sundance Film Festival and July 18, 2014, in the rest of the US.

Box Office: Grossed $475,591 against a $1 million budget

Critical acclaim: I, Origins overall received mixed reviews for being uneven but was nominated for five awards, winning Best Film at the Catalonian International Film Festival and Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

About the role: Michael Pitt plays a nerdy but determined molecular biologist named Dr. Ian Gray obsessed with the eye. He also has a bug up his butt about disproving God. He’s spent his life trying to disprove religion by finding the evolutionary steps in building the human eye, refuting the argument that eyes are windows to the soul. His beliefs are challenged when he meets a spiritual girl who believes in everything named Sofi.

Simply the best: A movie that lets science and the spiritual world go head-to-head. I, Origins is a flawed but beautiful story that works hard to convince the audience of the soul’s everlasting life, stating that even when someone is gone they’re not really gone because they’ve only woken up as a different person in a different life. Anyone who believes in reincarnation will absolutely love this movie, and what makes it unique is how they prove the soul’s rebirth.

The human eye is like fingerprints, no two irises are the same, meaning it’s impossible for two people to have identical eyes. So, if two different people have the same eye pattern then they share the same soul, at least according to the movie.

When a loved one dies, Ian struggles with accepting the possibility that they might have been reborn as a seven-year-old girl in India when their eyes match in color and iris pattern. It’s a typical spiritual vs. science film wrapped up in such a mesmerizing story that speaks to the heart and the heart alone. Halfway through the film, you’ll forget which side you’re on, the strict factual side or the life is eternity side because the tale of love and loss speaks so much louder than that.