Fox // 2004 // 152 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // August 7th, 2006
The possibilities are endless ...
This review did not exist until you clicked on it. In fact this review still may not exist, and in actuality is a 15-year-old girl's blog whining about the boy who did not notice her during third period of the first week of school. This review is a top-secret Defense Department experiment which fuses organismic properties with binary code to create a living document that can affect the world through thought and influence of such thought. It is part of the subatomic world with big energy in little spaces and it is bursting with infinite possibilities. It is a review for people who believe in infinite possibilities, so the movie could be spectacular or crap in equal doses simultaneously.
If you like meditating on the world of science and religion, then What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole is a movie and DVD for you. It is the remix addendum extended version of the cult hit What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?, and is a combination of talking head interviews, animated bits, and a story with deaf actress Marlee Matlin searching for self-actualization. It is best viewed after watching the original and can be seen as a further exploration of the themes. The film supports an idea of self-determination and a concept that one can impact the entire universe with mood and intention. One of the big struggles is trying to figure out just how accurately scientific any of this truly is. In truth, it's not. Many of the people who lecture in this film are not scientists who have gone through any sort of peer review, and many of them are not scientists at all. The real essence here is quantum mechanics turned in to new-age pop culture. I don't mean that negatively, but you have to realize what is going on. The movie is deep and sports scientific illustrations, but it is asking you to accept things on faith. It presents science as a religion (a search common in new age philosophies) in contrast to those who think religion can be a science (a goal fundamentalists of all denominations seek).
It is a fascinating movie that is entertaining. I will give What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole that, and this DVD edition is amazingly well produced. It feels like prophetic revelation and is appropriately packaged with a ton of extras to plunge deeper in the proposed theories that marry quantum physics and spirituality. Chief among these special features is a "Quantum" viewing mode which allows you to either program how you wish to see the film or allow for a random experience which could last anywhere from 15 to 300 minutes. This is achieved by labeling each scene and allowing for branching. You'll also find an exhausting six hours of extended interviews with the people supporting the ideas found in the film. If you're a fan this is truly everything you need so you can proclaim "I know bleeping a lot!"
Truly this would be best for fans of the original What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?, serving as a continuation rather than a stand-alone movie. Buy the first film, then get this one if you are intrigued. If it doesn't interest you, ignore it and it will fail to exist. You have the power and the possibilities are endless. Moreover, in this edition of What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole, the conversations are endless as well. Lots of extras, lots of thoughts, and lots of quantum physics and spirituality. How far down the rabbit hole do you wish to go?
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English)
Running Time: 152 Minutes
Release Year: 2004
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Quantum Viewing Mode
* Six Hours of Interviews
* Filmmakers Q&A