If you aren’t aware of who comprises the Philos-Sophia Initiative and what their mission is before watching The End Of Quantum Reality, then the film will remain impenetrable to you. I say this with absolute confidence, as having sat through the entire 95-minute runtime, I have no idea what I was supposed to take away from the documentary. Basically, it plays out like a movie for a party that I was not invited to.
The Katheryne Thomas directed movie features interviews with notable quantum physicists Wolfgang Smith, Richard Delano, Hossein Nasr, and Olavo de Carvalho. From what I could piece together, the film traces the origins of quantum physics and moves through its history up to modern-day. The very well-reasoned and engaging speakers throw out a lot of formulas and ask the audience to think in a way as to erase physical details to quantify something which only theoretically exists.
“…traces the origins of quantum physics and moves through its history up to modern-day.”
The biggest problem with the movie is that it fails to explain the complicated theories and formulas in a way that makes sense. At times, no effort is made to give the audience context for what is being discussed. Take the opening, for example, in which an unseen narrator tells the audience of a supposed statement inscribed above the doorway to an ancient Greek (or was it Roman?) school. How this ties into the rest of the big, vague ideas being discussed is as elusive at the beginning as it is by the end of the sequence.
Other times, an attempt is made but is woefully inadequate. When going over how and why steel in a fire should give off a bluish glow, but doesn’t, the meaning behind the equation to explain why this discrepancy exists is baffling. Sadly, Rick Delano’s screenplay never finds a way to invite those who know nothing about its subject matter into what is happening. This makes the film a very dull and passive watch.
"…I have no idea what I was supposed to take away from the documentary."