By Amy Sanderson
Voyage of Time, narrated by Brad Pitt, opened at the OMNIMAX Theatre at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto on October 22, 2016. I was invited to attend the media preview.
Written and directed by Terrence Malick, in conjunction with IMAX Entertainment, Voyage of Time premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and remarkably, the film was in development for 40 years.
The film focuses not only on the history of the universe, but on its death too. We witness the beginning of the cosmos and human life.
It’s important to turn off daily thoughts and worries before watching this film, just like one does during meditation, in order to open oneself up to the enormity of the subject. Malick’s documentary is truly a visual feast, enhanced by a gorgeous classical soundtrack along the lines of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The film opens with a little girl playing in an industrial field before taking us on a cerebral journey back to humankind’s humble beginnings. First there is light, then we see earth’s orb in the universe. The earth is created through lava-spewing volcanoes and we are introduced to the beginning of time, followed by the influx of mammals and dinosaurs.
The film features stunning imagery, both digital and real, some, which is in fact, provided by NASA Space Stations.
As I was watching Voyage of Time, I wondered “When did dust become life?” The film didn’t answer this, although it stimulated many philosophical questions.
I have to admit, as awe-inspiring as Voyage of Time is, it’s hard to put into words its full meaning. You really have to see this film to appreciate its greatness.
Bombarded by daily distractions such as the political circus down south that leave us feeling alienated and scared, we often lose our sense of connectedness to the universe. Voyage of Time quiets the chatter by reminding us of the magnificence of the beginning of time, the earth and our very tiny place within it.
Voyage of Time opens October 22, 2016 at the OMNIMAX Theatre, Ontario Science Centre, 900 Don Mills Road. Screenings take place Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Run time is 45 minutes.