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Dark Matter (2007)

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Based on actual events, a Chinese university student responds violently when his chances for a Nobel Prize are dashed by school politics.

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Shi-Zheng Chen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Joanna Silver
Ye Liu ... Liu Xing
Peng Chi Peng Chi ... Mama
Aidan Quinn ... Jacob Reiser
Blair Brown ... Hildy
Yonggui Wang Yonggui Wang ... Baba
Lei Tsao Lei Tsao ... Zhang Ming
Jing Shan Jing Shan ... Wang Ying
He Yu He Yu ... Old Wu
Bo Li Bo Li ... Little Square
Boris McGiver ... Reverend Hollings
Bill Irwin ... Hal Silver
Hui Zhang Hui Zhang ... Monkey King
Taylor Schilling ... Jackie
Joe Grifasi ... Professor Colby
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Storyline

Liu Xing is a scholarship boy from China, newly arrived in Salt Lake City, a graduate student in cosmology, in Utah to study in Professor Reiser's prestigious program. Back in China, Liu Xing's parents are proud of him, and he dedicates himself to fulfilling their hopes. All the graduate students in the program work on projects that extend and further Reiser's model of the origins of the universe. Liu Xing does well until his own theories move him away from Reiser's. Will Reiser and the department recognize Liu Xing's brilliance? Can the young man's benefactor, Joanna Silver, intercede? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

24 April 2008 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Fúria pela Honra See more »

Filming Locations:

Orem, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,701, 13 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,041, 18 May 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Saltmill, Myriad Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Taylor Schilling did not get to actually play opposite Meryl Streep during the shoot, though she did have to share the same pair of jeans since their characters were supposed to reflect each other in different time frames. See more »

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Still Photographer Matthew Margolin and Additional Still Photographer Tyler Meiners are listed twice during the end credit roll. See more »

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a couple of problems
1 October 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Liu Xing is recruited from China to work as a graduate student under his hero Jacob Reiser (Aidan Quinn). Reiser is famous for his model of physics. Liu Xing joins a group of Chinese students who work for Reiser with little pay. They scrounge for food but Liu Xing paints a pretty picture for his hard-working parents back home. Joanna Silver (Meryl Streep) is a rich benefactor for the Chinese students. Liu Xing falls for coffee girl Jackie (Taylor Schilling) but she doesn't feel the same. He starts to push for a different model than Reiser but he's rejected. As each failure piles up, he breaks down in a volatile way.

I have two main problems with this movie. Firstly, this seems to suggest that China is a free source of third world mental labor. I don't think it works quite as well in the present day but it works better back in 1991. Second, the ending is such a different tone that it damages the movie. The movie desperately needs foreshadowing. Liu Xing needs to have a more complex personality. It's like the movie falls a cliff and there is no warning.


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