Release Date: June 14th, 2013 (Sheffield Doc/Fest – UK)
Directed by: Mark Levinson
Music by: Robert Miller
Anthos Media, Abramorama, BOND360, 99 Minutes
*written in 2014.
Particle Fever is kind of a necessary documentary. Not that it will be watched for its necessity, as those who should learn about this subject, would prefer to remain ignorant and be fearful of the misleading and scary headlines regarding the LHC (Large Hadron Collider – the big particle accelerator in Switzerland). They would also probably prefer to stay offended over something called the “God particle”.
Anyway, it is still an entertaining and engaging documentary nonetheless, as it follows the story of the LHC and the stories of the people who work on it.
The documentary is well-edited, well-organized and made pretty simple to understand – even when it covers the more complex stuff about particles and the whole point of this giant machine’s existence.
If this film does anything, it goes to show the importance of this kind of research and really, the importance of science in general. Our world is becoming more and more ignorant to these things and this has lead to politicians and others standing in the way of scientific progress.
If you don’t walk away from this film somewhat excited about science and the work that these people are doing, you probably just need to fire up your DVR and catch up on Dr. Oz.