Another Earth details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||William Mapother, Ana Kayne, Meggan Lennon, Diane Ciesla, Niecy Cerise, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Brit Marling|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd|
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||30 Apr 2012|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
It can't help but seem like a poor man's Melancholia, but Another Earth is still an interesting film with beautiful vision.
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A triumph of indie film-makingBy andaru (1 review) from St. Andrews , 12 Dec 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]The Young, intelligent and beautiful Rhoda (Brit Marling), who is the protagonist of the drama/sci-fi film Another Earth, is a good person. The successful composer, John (William Mapother), who her life is to collide with is also a good person. This means nothing to fate however which is destined so see both their lives as they know it destroyed by one mistake. Rhoda drives home drunk from a party and, while gazing at a small blue dot in the sky, she collides with the composer's car killing his son and pregnant wife. He is put into a coma and she is sentenced to four years in prison.
The film then picks up after those four years with both Rhoda and John, who has awakened, completely lost with no knowledge of what life could possibly hold for them now. A lot has changed in those four years. That blue dot in the sky in fact turned out to be 'Earth 2' a perfect twin of the earth hanging in the sky. This provides one of the most incredible images you are going to see in any picture (be it indie or blockbuster) this year, with this beautiful sphere lingering in almost every outdoor shot.
Rhoda seeks out John in an attempt to apologise but when she comes face to face with the devastated man she loses her nerve and inadvertently becomes his cleaner. Without him knowing who she really is they form a close friendship. This is forged on one side because she becomes the only person he really has, and on the other because Rhoda feels she is making amends for the harm she has caused him.
From here I couldn't see how the film could reach a satisfying conclusion. There was no way that John could ever forgive Rhoda for what has happened and Rhoda could not live a lie for the rest of her life. Happily though the film finds a way using the sci-fi side of the story, where Rhoda enters a competition to be sent to Earth 2, to provide a kind of closure on both sides.
One scene from Another Earth I feel truly reveals what this film is really about. It does not follow any of the major plotlines and could easily be ignored in the whole sceme of things. It involves Rhoda sitting by the bedside of a blind and deaf cleaner she had worked with (Both Ailments had been inflicted by himself). In a beautifully emotional scene we see her write the word 'forgive' on his hand letter by letter. He breaks into tears. This is what the film is really about, the fact that John may never be able to forgive Rhoda for what she has done. And even more so Rhoda's journey to try and make amends so she can forgive herself.
Another Earth from first time director Mike Cahill is a triumph of indie film-making. There will be comparisons between this film and Lars Von Trier's Melancholia but they are not fair. What Cahill has achieved here is far more subtle and that is his genius. I cannot emphasise how much I recommend this film. The low budget does not translate into a lesser product.
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watch it!By Teejay1987 (2 reviews) , 09 May 2013brilliantly, scarily, beautifully terrifying. Makes you think. Makes you shudder. Acting is intense and the casting was clever. I couldn't tear myself away from the screen.
A solid and original indie effortBy a customer , 27 Apr 2013A thought provoking, emotionally powerful and visually pleasing film. Not your run-of-the-mill sci fi plot, instead leaving the viewer to interpret a parallel theory alongside a very human tragedy. Beautifully acted and shot.. That said, my wife had a totally different viewpoint and did not enjoy the final scene - which for her spoiled the entire movie. I think this just proves how different we each interpret fiction such as this!
Earth nil, more likeBy NicLondon (2 reviews) , 21 Apr 2013Disappointing, so bad it was hard to actually watch it to the end. I just didn't care....a shame as it startd off as a promising idea.
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sincere & beautifulBy seonae (5 reviews) , 17 Apr 2013small budget and a lot of passion can often have very sincere and beautiful results. This for me is one such occasion. Brit Marling portrays a convincing traumatised individual subsequently exposed, and open to, realms beyond the normal perception of ourselves
Beware it is not what you may expect.By xxamukxx (21 reviews) from Greenhithe , 11 Apr 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideIf you are expecting lots of action and special FX you are going to be sadly disappointed. Sorry to say its not that sort of film even if the title has you believing otherwise. The story follows the lives of two people connected in a car accident and you never venture as far as the Earth 2, except for meeting the other her at the very end. Its one of those thought provoking movies. Although the acting was good. It really was not my sort of film, rather slow and sometimes slightly boring in places.