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Review: The Scientist by Zack LeBeau
It had my brain and heart on the edge of their seat
by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
Oct. 8, 2010
Back in July, Gypsyhouse Entertainment sent me the DVD The Scientist, by Zack LeBeau, to review. It's about a reclusive physicist who creates an infinite-energy machine in his basement that changes his life and all those around him.
Unfortunately, the DVD got lost in a stack of stuff piling up next to my desk until I cleaned up the stack a couple of days ago; at which point I decided to watch it, rather than put it off any longer.
I usually have my laptop open when I watch movies so I can multi-task, depending on how much I get into the plot of the movie. But this movie had me every second. After about ten minutes I just closed my laptop and turned off the lights (which I usually keep on to see the keyboard).
I was expecting a B-rate movie, which probably contributed to how much I ended up liking the movie. If you over-rate a movie, even a great movie can be a let-down – and vise versa.
The film had a lot of things that captured my interest: metaphysical mystery, eccentric inventor struggling with his personal life, caring neighbors and friends, exotic energy device, healing via the device, time travel, mainstream vs. fringe science, synchronistic events, ESP, interdimensional stuff.
The cinematography was brilliant, the way the camera angles and starts and stops were executed. It had my brain and heart on the edges of their seats. The portrayal of the device was awesome: spinning, shining, with mini-lightning sparks pulsating.
The subtitle of the film, on the top of the cover: "What do you think happens when you die?" doesn't seem to be very fitting for the actual contents of the film, though that concept was touched on.
I would definitely recommend it to you, and I think it will appeal equally to males and females, having elements for both.
It's great metaphysical food. But don't build up your expectations too high. Just watch it, and enjoy.
- (YouTube / ZachLebeau; February 02, 2010)
- http://vimeo.com/12651288 - trailer 3 (shows the energy device)
- http://vimeo.com/9188850 - trailer 1
- http://vimeo.com/12649167 - trailer 2
Gypsyhouse Entertainment, in association with Polynation Pictures
Featuring Bill Sage, Adam LeFevre, Jamie Elman, Brittany Benjamin, and Daniela Lavender
Casting by Adrienne Stern; Music by Steve Horner; Director of Photography: Matthias Saunders; Production Designer: Mike Scherschel; Sound Design: Chase Brandau; Executive Producer: Wendy Werner; Writen by Chase Brandau & Zach LeBeau; Edited by P. Rodgriguez; Directed by Zach LeBeau
Release Date:16 April 2010 (USA)
Filming Locations:Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1311087/ - The Scientist follows a brilliant physicist, Dr. Marcus Ryan (Bill Sage), who anguishes over the tragic death of his wife and daughter while secretly constructing a mysterious energy generator in his basement. The multi-dimensional energy unleashed by the machine triggers a series of events that propels Ryan toward a higher level of consciousness.
LeBeau's Filmmaking Philosophy
You'll love this guy's view on filmmaking as posted in the description of the trailer at http://vimeo.com/9188850
- The amount of money it takes to make the average film you see in the theaters today amazes me.
- Even after several years in this business I still can't quite come to terms with it. The millions of dollars spent on films can do so many other things, so many wonderful and transformative things for people in our locals communities, in our country, and around the world in places like Haiti, for example. To waste money on filmmaking is a crime of the soul. That's why I take it so seriously. That's why I feel a special responsibility as a filmmaker. If I don't believe in what I do 1000 percent, then all of the time, all of the energy, the money, the resource, the people power is wasted.
- Here in the United States we have the opportunity to spend our time and resource on entertainment. I've lived more than ten years outside this country, several of those years, if not the majority of those years has been spent in developing countries, or third world countries. A large percentage of the world's population spends their energy and resource on survival, on feeding themselves. They don't have clean drinking water, their lives are plagued with disease, illness, corruption, injustice, death and tyranny on a scale vastly greater than what we ever have to deal with here.
- The reason I am so serious, the reason I feel responsible, is because we have the opportunity, we have the liberty, we have the privilege to spend our time and resource - forget about entertainment - on pioneering maters of the mind and spirit, on instruments of inspiration, on taking it higher, so to speak. We can draw from so many cultures, so much history, so much pain and anguish and beauty and wonderment and put all of that cumulative experience and knowledge together to do something great together, as a people, to take our consciousness en masse to a higher level. This is what filmmaking means to me. This is what THE SCIENTIST means to me. This is why I write and direct.
- If you are looking for some light and easy entertainment, THE SCIENTIST is not that. It's a serious film, with a serious message.
- Zach LeBeau
- writer/director, THE SCIENTIST