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Another Earth (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
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In Another Earth, a new planet appears, close by, in the sky. In fact, it is another Earth, identical to our own. Thereafter, Earth II precipitates, frames and propels a delicate and desolate gravitational attraction between two irreparably damaged people. Irreparably damaged because the only thing which will heal them is the only thing that cannot: each other. Another Earth explores that relationship and, with the aid of the planet-sized metaphor, the ever-present path-dependency of our short, brutish existences.
This is an independent film: budgets are tight and much is shot, Blair Witch style, on a hand-held camcorder. The blown-out exposures, over-sharpened lines and noisy, boxy sound give the picture the feel of a student project. But science fiction with production values at zero is like silent film: if forces you to watch, and undistracted by dazzling computer generated images and 7.1 digital surround sound, you are drawn fully into the ingenious screenplay and the human resonances it explores.
Rhoda Williams is about to go to college. She's smart: she'll be an MIT astrophysics undergraduate, and she's handsome: not a million miles from a young Laura Dern. You might call her pretty, but she's by no means saccharine sweet.Read more ›
Premise: After a young woman, Rhoda, drives drunk, killing a wife and her son, leaving the husband a widower, she tries to find worthwhile motivations and actions thereafter. A second Earth has entered Earth's orbit, an Earth where an identical version of Rhoda (and everyone else) may have made similar or dissimilar actions starting on the evening before her fateful decision to drive drunk. Rhoda is given the rare opportunity to fly in a spaceship to the other Earth and see if she can live in a world where she did not make her fatal mistake. Rhoda is also given the option to stay on her original Earth and try to make amends with the widower she harmed.
Review: Not since 2004's "Primer" have I been so impressed with a group of new writers and filmmakers putting together such a thought-provoking and well-made film.
The script is tight, linear, and clear, never needing to rely on flashbacks or long parallel-universe explanations and exceptions (as is so often the case in sci-fi stories). The cinematography is great. The storyboarding is solid. The use of the ever-enlarging Earth in the day and night sky is a beautiful and effective visual device. Not since the two Suns of Tatooine have I been so impressed with an environmental backdrop.
The sound design for the film is fully integrated with the screenplay progressions. The writers and director fully intended viewers to be using more than simply their visual senses. The narrative about the Russian cosmonaut's sound dilemma is poetic and consistent with the film's questions and themes.
The film editing is concise.Read more ›
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More of a philosophical science fiction film or indie drama than the sci-fi intrigue I expected from the cover - but I very much enjoyed the film despite my hasty assumptions. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rosedale
A most thought provoking film that I have seen twice now. I really love the idea and execution of this movie.Published 9 days ago by M. Brett Pitts
This was a really good film with a fantastic story. I already watched it once, but going to give it a second viewing. Love the ending.Published 1 month ago by Chris330r
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