You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The End of Time

Particle physicists may want to measure how slowly the seconds pass during Peter Mettler's "The End of Time."

Cast:
(English dialogue)

Particle physicists may want to measure how slowly the seconds pass during Peter Mettler’s “The End of Time.” Intermittently interesting but more often pretentious, this sluggish exploration of time as real and conceived concepts rarely does more than regurgitate philosophical platitudes without locating the depth to make them interesting. Despite Mettler’s ambition, seen to greater effect in “Gambling, Gods and LSD,” the docu fails to connect its beautiful images with a profound statement, making fests alone the likely endgame.

The opening could be excerpted for a natural history museum display, as Mettler interviews physicists at a giant particle accelerator about the origin of time and its meaning. Later, he moves to Hawaii and an active volcano whose stunning lava flows slowly destroy a once-green mountainside. Next comes Detroit, the go-to metropolis whenever urban decay is discussed (the Motor City deserves to be more than a cliche). Finally, and unsurprisingly, come India, and Buddhist concepts of temporality; lines like “the future is dependent on the present” aren’t exactly earth-shattering. Impressively elaborate soundscapes reach their apogee in the closing, psychedelic animated sequence.

The End of Time

Switzerland-Canada

Production: A Look Now! (in Switzerland)/Mongrel Media (in Canada) release of a Maximage, Grimthorpe Film, National Film Board of Canada, SRF, SRG SSR, Arte Geie production. (International sales: National Film Board of Canada, Toronto.) Produced by Cornelia Seitler, Ingrid Veninger, Brigitte Hofer, Gerry Flahive. Executive producers, Peter Mettler, Silva Basmajian. Directed, written by Peter Mettler.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Mettler; editors, Mettler, Roland Schlimme; music, Gabriel Scotti, Vincent Haenni. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (competing), Aug. 4, 2012. (Also in Toronto Film Festival -- Masters.) Running time: 109 MIN.

Cast: (English dialogue)

More Scene

  • Made By Google

    Rashida Jones, Jaden Smith and More Stars Party at Made by Google Opening Night

    Particle physicists may want to measure how slowly the seconds pass during Peter Mettler’s “The End of Time.” Intermittently interesting but more often pretentious, this sluggish exploration of time as real and conceived concepts rarely does more than regurgitate philosophical platitudes without locating the depth to make them interesting. Despite Mettler’s ambition, seen to greater […]

  • Todd Haynes, Jaden Michael, Sandy Powell

    'Wonderstruck' Director Todd Haynes Emphasizes Importance of Film's Score: It's 'Almost a Character'

    Particle physicists may want to measure how slowly the seconds pass during Peter Mettler’s “The End of Time.” Intermittently interesting but more often pretentious, this sluggish exploration of time as real and conceived concepts rarely does more than regurgitate philosophical platitudes without locating the depth to make them interesting. Despite Mettler’s ambition, seen to greater […]

  • Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel

    Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Rosenthal Demand Justice for Sexual Assault Victims at Chanel Tribeca Lunch

    Particle physicists may want to measure how slowly the seconds pass during Peter Mettler’s “The End of Time.” Intermittently interesting but more often pretentious, this sluggish exploration of time as real and conceived concepts rarely does more than regurgitate philosophical platitudes without locating the depth to make them interesting. Despite Mettler’s ambition, seen to greater […]

  • 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' film

    Tyler Perry Hopes 'Boo 2!' Can Help Bring Laughter to Nation's 'Darkness'

    Particle physicists may want to measure how slowly the seconds pass during Peter Mettler’s “The End of Time.” Intermittently interesting but more often pretentious, this sluggish exploration of time as real and conceived concepts rarely does more than regurgitate philosophical platitudes without locating the depth to make them interesting. Despite Mettler’s ambition, seen to greater […]

  • 'Geostorm' film premiere

    'Geostorm' Director Hopes Harvey Weinstein Scandal Signals 'Sea Change' for Hollywood

    Particle physicists may want to measure how slowly the seconds pass during Peter Mettler’s “The End of Time.” Intermittently interesting but more often pretentious, this sluggish exploration of time as real and conceived concepts rarely does more than regurgitate philosophical platitudes without locating the depth to make them interesting. Despite Mettler’s ambition, seen to greater […]

  • ‘Working Above The Line’ panel, The

    Academy's Third Annual Careers in Film Summit Inspires Young Creatives

    Particle physicists may want to measure how slowly the seconds pass during Peter Mettler’s “The End of Time.” Intermittently interesting but more often pretentious, this sluggish exploration of time as real and conceived concepts rarely does more than regurgitate philosophical platitudes without locating the depth to make them interesting. Despite Mettler’s ambition, seen to greater […]

  • Josh Radnor Ben Lee

    'Saved By a Story' Benefit Raises Money for Charity — and Builds a Community of Storytellers

    Particle physicists may want to measure how slowly the seconds pass during Peter Mettler’s “The End of Time.” Intermittently interesting but more often pretentious, this sluggish exploration of time as real and conceived concepts rarely does more than regurgitate philosophical platitudes without locating the depth to make them interesting. Despite Mettler’s ambition, seen to greater […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content