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Considering the complexities of the subject matter, the film holds together surprisingly well. It's catnip for physics geeks, of course, but others with even a mild curiosity about the physical world can appreciate it.
The movie could have been as dry as a NOVA episode, and indeed its weakest moments carry an arid whiff of PBS infotainment. For the most part, though, Particle Fever both captures and evokes the human tension behind the experiment.
Even a science dunce will walk away with a basic understanding of the project and a strong impression of the community around this important research...a film about the idealistic pursuit of knowledge...
Particle Fever explores with awe-inspiring precision, and in remarkably accessible language, how 10,000 scientists and engineers from around the world built what in effect is the ultimate test tube for particle physics.
We see science, and scientists - excitable, anxious, adorably nerdy scientists - freaking out as they're about to fire up the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the largest machines ever built by man.