October 29, 2007
Rated: NR Runtime: 102 min Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Quantum physics tells us that there are an infinite number of universes, and that all possibilities are happening in one universe or another. In some universe, I’m a hot looking blond chick (who most likely spend a lot of time in her bathtub) and in another moviesforguys.com is the #1 movie website on the internet.
The idea of multi-verses seems nuts and it’s not that hard to make one imagine the belief in such science to be a religion.. or cult, and that’s exactly what Believers is. Apparently one really bright math/science guy discovered The Formula to life, a formula that tells of multi-verses and the fate of our own. He shares this knowledge with a small group of other math/science people and together they get together in an old missile silo to study their numbers and to check and recheck what they believe to be true, that the earth is doomed.
The Formula has a way out though as they believe they can escape this earthly realm if they can just “leave their physical bodies” at the exact right time. Sound a little more like a cult now? Well, one of the scientist got cold feet and tried to leave the group, and got as far as a gas station before she apparently had a heart attack. Her daughter was smart enough to make a 911 call on a pay phone and a couple of paramedics arrive just before a group of scientist show up to grab her. You’d think they’d just back off when they saw the paramedics.. but no, they take them all back to the silo, at gunpoint.
Why you ask? Remember Schrodinger’s cat? Same basic idea here.. knowledge of the group and/or their plans can in fact alter the outcome, thus nobody can know what they are doing (this doesn’t mesh AT ALL with the opening of the movie where one of leaders is on TV doing an interview, but let’s ignore that.) To this end the paramedics must be quickly converted (the end is near!) or killed.
The production quality of Believers is quite high, and the acting is spot on as well. I was quite surprised at the quality of this film and can’t say enough good about that aspect of it. It’s not quite perfect though as there are some inconsistencies in the story that bugged me, and once again you have a studio marketing a film as “unrated” in an attempt to make you think there’s a bunch of sex and violence in it, when in fact there’s very little of either. It’s also not scary in any way, other than perhaps a bit creepy in parts, but even that is more on an intellectual level than a visceral one.
Great movie though, and I recommend it to anyone who has any appreciation at all of quantum physics or the ideas behind it, or anyone who just happens to like a good, smart, somewhat thriller of a movie. A strong 4 stars.
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