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Filmmaker Paul Devlin follows his brother, Dr. Mark Devlin, and a dedicated team of fearless astrophysicists as they take a spectacular journey into the heart of the Big Bang. There comes a point in everyone's life when they begin to wonder about the origins of the universe, and Dr. Devlin's world-class team turns that heady speculation into a full-time job as they prepare to launch a multi-million-dollar telescope affixed to a NASA high-altitude balloon. When it comes to a sensitive job like this, it's important to ensure that the smallest details have all been accounted for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

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"Communicates the joys and heartbreaks of scientific creativity without unduly taxing viewers who don't know dark matter from pancake batter."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"There's a matter-of-factness to BLAST! that overcomes the documentary's lack of one strong thread."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"a fascinating lesson in the Earth's microscopic place within the vast reaches of space. It's a history class like no other."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Paul Devlin's documentary portrays its central locale as merely an interesting, uniquely situated outpost."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"If you really have a need to see Blast! wait for it to find its rightful place on cable."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"While the portrayal of collaboration is respectable, and the balloon enchanting as it shimmers skyward, jellyfish-like, the doc is too flat for its own good."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice
"Mildly engaging, stylishly edited, sporadically provocative and suspenseful, but more analysis and insightful revelations would have made it a truly enlightening experience rather than an ultimately underwhelming one."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Intellectually fascinating but fails to engage on a deeper level. Best suited for TV's educational channels and media libraries."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Directed by Paul Devlin, this absorbing documentary flirts with metaphysics...but mostly it keeps an amused eye on the effort of these driven brainiacs to set aloft an extremely sophisticated and fragile recording device."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"The pic climaxes in absurdism worthy of Herzog's doomed mad geniuses."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Combining hard science, human interest and suspense, BLAST! is a stimulating introduction to astrophysics and a fine tribute to scientists of all stripes who engage in taxing fieldwork."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
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