Another Earth details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||William Mapother, Ana Kayne, Meggan Lennon, Diane Ciesla, Niecy Cerise, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Brit Marling|
|Genres:||Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - General|
|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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Another EarthBy Roxy37 (1 review) , 16 Dec 2012Very disappointed. After reading the description of the film it sounded really interesting but when I watched it, it really didn't entertain me. Very boring and I wouldn't have had a clue what was going on if I had not read about it first. The beginning was very slow and it did hold my attention for about 10 minutes in the middle but that was it. My advice ... don't bother. Maybe in a parallel universe this film was actually good and won an oscar, but in this world I wasted my time.
Reasonably Interesting SciFi RomanceBy GaryI (785 reviews) from March, Cambs , 06 Dec 2012A reasonably interesting movie but once over very very disappointing. It follows a standard story of a young girl who whilst drunk crashes her car & kills a family except the dad, who years later she tracks down & tries to make amendss, thats all been done before but here these events are tied together with the discovery of a second Earth which gets ever closer during the story. I'm not clear as to what the film is trying to say and I'm left with the view that the new Earth which apparently mirrors our own including every person is a means by which the Dad may possibly be reunited with his family. This doesn't quite work, the romance bit is done adequately but the sciFi bit is vague.
Beautiful movieBy Hellyphant (7 reviews) , 28 Nov 2012I thought this film was engaging, thought provoking, intelligent, and filmed in such a beautiful way, without the need for incessant dialogue. Very moving, and well worth a watch.
If you want to watch a film about Another Earth, watch Melancholia instead.By JillS (5 reviews) from St. Helens , 19 Nov 2012I'll keep this short, having already wasted 90 minutes of my life on watching this dreadful film.
It's not a sci-fi film.
It's not any good.
The 'plot' is just plain ridiculous, the artsy camerawork and editing make it look like a (failing) student made it, I didn't care about any of the characters or how the film was going to end, which is just as well as the ending makes no sense at all.
Avoid. Don't say you weren't warned.
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Slow but engagingBy purple52 (2 reviews) from London , 18 Nov 2012Don't be fooling into thinking this might be a sci-fi film; it isn't. It is a slow moving but engaging exploration of the psychological damage caused by traumatic events. Well worth watching.