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The Theory of Everything

Released Apr 16, 2006 1h 26m Drama List
Reviews 38% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A man (David de Vos) searches for his biological father (Victor Lundin), a physicist who tries to prove the existence of God. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member the dilapidated house with the theoretical physicist dad was a bit too close to home, and this movie ultimately posits that the ToE wouldn't solve "everything", and ultimately faith in God is what's needed to bridge the gap in finite understanding that man has. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member belief is a choice: just because it cannot be proven by our very limited human faculties doesn't mean God isn't there. this movie highlighted that God finds us and faith in Him is indeed something quite so simple that even a child can receive. the acting besides Lundin was rather poor (compared to secular/popular movies). music was nice. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member The seeking for God through physics laws... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Loved it! everything was going so greatm I thought God was anwsering my prayer I don't get it, I mean why would God bring Gene into my life and then just turn right around and take him away? maybe God didn't bring him into your life. Maybe he brought you into his. you have the answer he's looking for, doug faith in jesus. i MEAN think about it Gene's been trying to find God, eternal life. Jesus died on that cross, he took away our sins. He opened the door to eternal life.but to walk though that door you gotta have faith. Maybe that's why God brought you here, to help Gene find the answer for himself. everything is giong to be alright...I love you... I love you too. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member <i>The Theory of Everything</i> tells the story of an airplane pilot named Doug who hates the fact that he has two daughters (you know, instead of a testoster-son) and also hates the fact that he has responsibilities. When his wife asks if he could watch their children, he whines that he doesn't want to "play nanny". So this is a very likeable character. During dinner with his parents, Doug learns that his birth father (he was adopted!) is going bonkers and needs somebody to take care of him. The half-sister he didn't know about is evil with malice for their father, because he abandoned her mother. She would just as soon put the old man in a home and be done with it, but Doug... he senses something. Despite the fact that his father shoots at him several times, Doug perseveres and finds that his father harbors an amazing secret. You see, though he's going slowly insane, Gene is trying to prove that God exists through the wondrous use of maths and science. "The universe is quite simple, you know," Gene tells his son when first trying to explain his theory. Oh really? I thought that the universe was so complex that there just <i>had</i> to be a designer? Apparently not. Regardless, father and son form a deep emotional bond. Doug forgets about the his adoptive parents, the ones who have been there for him for most of his life, and takes it upon himself to invest all of his time and energy into helping Gene solve his silly little math puzzles. In return, Gene explains to Doug the meaning of the phrase "return on investment" and his business starts booming. I know what question is on your mind. What is Gene's "theory" regarding the existence of God? He tries to explain it to Doug and his wife in this way. Imagine a two-dimensional plane, like a leaf. If there were some dot-person on the plane, all that they could see would be what is around them (forward, backward, left, and right); they would not be able to see anything above them. If I put my finger onto this two-dimensional plane, the dot-person living on the leaf would suddenly see a gigantic object blocking their path, but when I lift my finger again, they would once again be unaware of my existence. But that doesn't mean that I no longer exist... it only means that I am living in a higher dimension than said dot-person. Ergo, God exists... in a higher dimension! Sounds perfectly reasonable, don't it? Well, I mean, until you think about it for any length of time. Gene's theory is working entirely backward - if my hand exists, then God must exist. But the conclusion doesn't follow from the premise - it's like saying that if elephants exist, then magical flying pink and green elephants with laser vision must exist. Another objection that came to mind just now is: why stop at the "God" dimension? When does the universe stop, what lies beyond "God"? But more importantly, since this is a Christian movie, how do faith/Jesus/prayers/Heaven/etc. fit into this nonsense? No answer. In fact, the only answer that becomes clear is why Gene is wasting his last moments of lucidity on this insane proposition: his wife died. His wife believed in Jesusgod because her faith was "simple" like a child, where Gene was cursed with reason and common sense. When she died, his grief led him to try to join her in her simplicity... by trying to logically prove to himself that God exists. What a sad portrait has been painted here. A man, during the last moments of his life, is trying to force himself into believing that which he knows is not true, because he thinks it will make him feel better. And his son leads him on, plays with him, even takes him to watch the aurora borealis in order to make him believe in Jesus (don't ask me how pretty lights in the sky equals Jesus de Christ died for our sins, but there you have it). As Gene begins to forget the faces of the people closest to him, his son urges him to just believe in Jesus, although the unspoken corollary to this is that it's easier to believe in Jesus than it is to do science and maths. So Gene, a once-famous scientist, taken down by an advanced form of Alzheimer's (which the doctor refers to only as 'CJD' - what doctor wouldn't explain what that means?), literally losing his mental faculties, is persuaded by his deadbeat son to believe in Jesus because them there purdy lights in the sky just can't be explained! I quote to you directly from the notes that I took while watching this film: "pretty sadistic to fuck w/ a guy who has Xtra Alzheimer's". So it is. So it is. But in <i>The Theory of Everything</i>, it's a virtue. He's saving his damn soul, man. It's the best choice to throw up your hands and say, "Math is hard! I believe because I gots faith!" Hallelujah for simplicity. This movie so terrible. Please don't watch it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Dr Eugene Holland (Victor Lundin) left his wife for a pious Christian woman Lori who then died of cancer. Desiring to be reunited to her in eternity, he attempts to prove the existence of heaven through the string theory, also known as the theory of everything. I find the movie lacks intellectual depth and also compromises on Christian ethics. It touches this unproven theory without giving much interpretation and insight. This Christian movie also fails to present the Christian view on marriage. Lori lived to challenge the Biblical commandments by marrying an already married man who was also a skeptic of the Christian faith. In consequence, people suffered from this selfish couple's affair, and Dr Holland's daughter by his first marriage now comes back for revenge on her father. The movie is a great disappointment. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A man (David de Vos) searches for his biological father (Victor Lundin), a physicist who tries to prove the existence of God.
Director
David de Vos
Screenwriter
David de Vos
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 16, 2006, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Jan 12, 2010
Runtime
1h 26m