An idiot's guide to What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole

03月06日
投稿者 Daniel

I was recommended to watch What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole by someone close to me because they know I like science.  They said the movie was about quantum mechanics.  I know quantum mechanics is a very difficult subject and thought the movie would have new research into the topic.  I expected this documentary to be an in-depth view of quantum mechanics and how it relates to everyday life.  

I watch a lot of science documentaries and really like them.  While watching What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole, many things jumped out at me. First, they did not put the experts' titles and names on screen until the very end.  Real documentaries always show the name, what area of expertise and education the speaker has, but not this show. They wanted you to think these people were scientists, but they were not. One speaker the movie posed as an expert is a chiropractor.  Another guy they kept putting in front of mathematical equations to make you think he is a scientist was a philosopher; not that philosophers are bad, but they are not scientists.

When the so called experts talked, they talked in double speak.  The people were speculating a lot, but trying to make it seem like fact.  I became more irritated as I watched and was not sure why at first.  The movie did not say much about quantum mechanics and certainly nothing in detail.  They just talked about mystical things and how they thought it was related to quantum mechanics.  I had to stop watching it and research about this film.

Wikipedia had information about a physicist in the movie.  He was very upset with how he was edited to seem like he agreed with the claims the movie maker was making about metaphysical and spiritual connections to quantum mechanics.  The movie included a Japanese man that dealt with psychic water manipulation to make ice crystals look nice.  On wikipedia, he acknowledges that he is not a scientist.

I looked at IMDB for What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole and saw they had a casting person. This supposed documentary had lots of acting which seemed very strange to me.  They had a lot of actors in this "movie."  Documentaries don’t have actors, unless they are hosts of the show. 
Real documentaries don’t have casting.  Take a look at other documentaries on IMDB, and you will see they do not.

What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole was filmed in a very infomercial style. Then I noticed they filmed this in Portland. And it just so happens that one of the largest infomercial production company is located in Portland. So what do I think about What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole?

At 153 minutes, it is way too long for the drivel they provided.  If you are gullible and don't want to get caught by another fool's gold, don't watch it.  If you feel your time is valuable, don't watch it.  If you want to see something about quantum mechanics, don't watch it.