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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for the questions, less for some of the answers, 19 May 2005
This review is from: What the Bleep Do We Know (Full Ws Sub Dol Sen) [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A blend of fact and fiction, with documentary footage combined with a film about a photographer whose life is being impacted by "other realities", "What the Bleep" works best as a documentary, with the plot sections being a bit labored, and really bogging down in a lengthy wedding sequence.
Many of the questions raised by those being interviewed are thought provoking, and explore the possibilities that quantum physics has brought to our universe. The theories are fascinating, as they imply that our inner world influences our outer world, rather than the commonly thought reasoning that we are creatures of our environment, but some the answers range from excellent to ludicrous. The biggest "red flag" entry in the nonsense category is the statement from Dr. Candace Pert, who claims that Columbus' ships were invisible to the natives because they had never encountered ships before, and were not able to see them until their shaman revealed them. It would be interesting to compare the size of the dugout canoes used by the natives, which were huge, and Columbus' ships, which were very small.
As psychiatrist Jeffrey Satinover states in his interview concerning reality, "Anyone who spends too much time trying to explain it is likely to get lost in the rabbit hole", and this is what tends to happen, including many cookie cutter responses on religion, and questionable theories on morality.
The good part of this film is that it challenges the meaning of existence, and if it leads anyone who has not already done so to ask "who am I and what am I doing with my life ?", and to further their knowledge of quantum physics, the film has been a great benefit, but there is a danger that the scenario of Dr. Pert's mythical natives and shaman will be repeated, wrapped up in a New Age package, with Ramtha (who is channeled by J.Z. Knight in the film) at the helm.
The film includes some clever graphics, with the central character, Amanda, played by Marlee Matlin (Best Actress Oscar winner for the 1988 "Children of a Lesser God"). The cast also includes Elaine Hendrix as her goofy and sweet friend, John Ross Bowie as Elliot, and Barry Newman as her boss.
Total running time is 108 minutes.
The "B" side of the DVD contains approximately 75 minutes of interviews with cast and filmmakers, and a very beautiful music video, by the group Aeon Spoke, of a song called "Emmanuel".
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