Saturday, 17 September 2016

"After all those eons, what does it mean to be us?"

Wild Bunch have recently released their first trailer and new one sheet for Terrence Malick's (The Tree Of Life) Voyage Of Time: Life's Journey.

Director Terrence Malick has addressed big issues before – the creation of Earth (The Tree Of Life) and man, nature and war (The Thin Red Line) – but with his first documentary feature, Voyage Of Time: Life's Journey, he is tackling our very existence.

The latest Malick in what is unquestionably the most fruitful period of the Texan's illustrious career promises a planetary origin story that will merge seamlessly into a thesis on humanity's very future. He has enlisted visual effects wizard Dan Glass (The Tree Of Life) to bring those visions to life. And yes, this one will have dinosaurs too.

"Voyage of Time: Life's Journey is an exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity's place in the future," runs the synopsis. "Humming with the energy of nature itself, the film melds innovative special effects with awe-inspiring footage from around the globe, in search of what lasts, what endures, through time’s changing scenes."

Unusually, Malick has picked not one but two of his old collaborators to narrate two completely different formats. The full-length, 90-minute experience is narrated by Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) and promises to take audiences on "on a poetic journey full of open questions". Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), meanwhile, is on voiceover duties for Voyage Of Time: The IMAX Experience, a 45-minute version billed as "a giant-screen adventure for audiences of all ages".

Our advice? See both.

Voyage Of Time: Life's Journey will arrive in the US 7 October, but has yet to secure a UK release date.

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