- Actors: Greg Trent, Chris Carter, Linda Meigs, Ashley Blackwell, Mark Slater
- Directors: Ladd P. Ehlinger Jr, Ladd Ehlinger Jr
- Producers: Karen Guelfo
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000NJ60FM
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Flatland the Film
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The plot focuses on A. Square, who is led to a series of epiphanies on the Nature of Reality itself to the realization that not only is there an existence beyond his two-dimensional plane in the form of a 3-dimensional universe, but that further dimensions are implied. He learns that appearances are not necessarily all they seem.
Difficult to conceptualize in its reading, Llad Ehlinger, Jr. has managed to graphically express this evolution of the mind. Despite these worlds being populated exclusively by geometric shapes, we are drawn into the story and feel A. Square's transformation as though it were our own, which it hopes to be. Flatland itself is appropiately extremely two-dimensional, yet has endearing qualities. From our hero's perspective, he is at first confused, then exhilarated as he is lifted into the three-dimensional world. We are taken along for the dizzying ride. This is only the beginning for A. Square, who then postulates other worlds with both less and more dimensions. Ehlinger has a sequence which can only be an homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey as multi-dimensionality is explored.
As if this were not a big enough task to tackle, Ehlinger expands the storyline by applying some of the original concepts of Governments to their logical path to War. Flatland, both the book and the movie, can be appreciated at many levels.Read more ›
Being a math teacher, I was really looking forward to getting this movie to show to my History of Math students. It's probably not a good fit considering some of the subject matter is a bit mature for the classroom, but I think the author took Abbott's sexism that is more present in the book and softened the edges. Also, the class system that was so prevalent in the book isn't there as well. To some this might quite a departure from the novel but it's really done quite well, and dare I say maybe even a better story.
There is a bit of social commentary in the undertones of the story, and that is what really gives the film that 5th star. It's not just a movie us math geeks will love, but I think others would like it as well, with maybe a little background information.
Reading the book beforehand is not necessary, but will definitely help you catch on to the story faster, as you will not sit there wondering what's up with these wacky Flatlanders while an important part of the plot is revealed.
A must see! I highly recommend it.
I never read the book but the story is really great. It really makes you wonder what's beyond our 3D world. My kids loved this film also. They keep asking if they can watch it again. It's really cool to see the different things the kids pick up on, and how they interpret the film.
The film is deep on many levels. The music was spot on and fit each scene just right. I would highly recommend this film to anyone! I'd love to see this in the theater.
FLATLAND THE FILM RULES!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting visual representation of a mentally difficult book. worth the time to watch just for the clever dimensional representations.Published 13 months ago by Paul Stasz
It was a gift for my stepson and I didn't see it myself so I can't commemt on its quality.Published 19 months ago by Robert S Wright
Don't look for high quality Hollywood post-production cgi here. You do get quality explanation and interpretation of dimensional concepts and culture.Published 20 months ago by Michael Hutson
The story is based about an encounter between beings who live a world of two dimensions and beings who live in a world of three dimensions. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by J
for those of us who have read Flatland by Edwin Abbott, this movie is a real treat. for everyone else, you SHOULD read the book, but maybe the movie is enough. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Hollis Ramsey
I was hoping this would be something I could share with my young, mathematically-inclined, 8-year old, since the original novel is a bit too gruesome for him. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Mama Rose
Now having reread the book and watched the film, I felt the director did a good job overall modernizing the story (although the political undertones were somewhat overdone). Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by K (or D)
I read this book a few years ago and was thrilled to find it in film version. I teach math in a middle school and was looking for an age appropriate film that was engaging and... Read morePublished on June 3, 2010 by Charity Gleason
Started watching the film and had to stop. I thought its treatment of females, subservient creatures with shrill piercing voices, was added by the filmmaker. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Victoria I. Ivy