Review: Chasing Einstein (2019)

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Chasing Einstein

Release Date: September 13, 2019

Run Time: 1 hour & 22 minutes

Reviewed By: Adam

“Einstein’s vision of gravity has shaped our understanding of the universe for the 100 years since Eddington confirmed his theory in 1919. Now, physics is at a crossroads. Nobody has succeeded in challenging Einstein’s theory despite its startling conclusion that the vast majority of gravity must be caused by an invisible form of matter that has yet to be detected. The search for this missing “Dark Matter” will either confirm Einstein or disrupt a century of physics. Following leading scientists including Nobel Laureates on the brink of paradigm shifting discoveries, CHASING EINSTEIN travels behind the scenes of some of the most extraordinary experiments ever created to probe the mysteries of the dark universe (LIGO, CERN, XENON 1T). Will Einstein stand the test of time, or will a controversial new theory change the way that we see the universe?”

For me to like a documentary, I need to understand it. Unfortunately, Chasing Einstein was too over my head. Even though they tried to “dumb it down” for it to be more easily understood… I still had a tough time connecting/understanding Chasing Einstein. It was very interesting to see how all these big scientists have been studying and conducting these crazy experiments on the dark matter theory their whole lives and still have no better proof of it. Like the caption on the movie poster says, they could be spending their whole lives searching for something that doesn’t exist. Almost like big foot hunters… except, in this case, since dark matter is an Einstein theory, it’s more of an accepted career path. As opposed to a mythical creature hunter.

I did walk away knowing more than I did about dark matter, gravity, and Einstein, but unfortunately, for most of the documentary, I just had a hard time following. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend watching Chasing Einstein unless it’s something you’re interested in or I feel you’ll be as lost as I was, at times.

In the mean time, however, it’ll be interesting to see if they ever find what they are looking for. Will Einstein’s theory hold up or get proven wrong? Maybe this is a job for MythBusters!

Chasing Einstein - Albert Einstein in his Berlin office in 1919

Reel ROB Rating: 4.75 out of 10 stars

Post Credits Scene: No

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