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John Billingsley (STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE), William Katt (THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO), Ellen Crawford (ER) and Tony Todd (CANDYMAN) co-star in this provocative final work by Jerome Bixby, renowned as one of the greatest science-fiction authors of all time.
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Wisely playing this all with great understatement, Davlid Lee Smith delivers a gently powerful performance as history's most emotionally guarded man letting down his guard for the first time to reveal the truth about who is really is. The excellent ensemble cast (despite a moment or two of some hamfisted acting, a hurdle unavoidable in any screenplay relying entirely on human language) lend a realistic believability to John's colleagues.
An enormous relief from all the over-budgeted Hollywood costume and explosion dramas, this sensational little movie actually gets one to ponder some of the great questions as well as coming up with some provcative thought. Richard Schenkman is to be commended for (with minimal money) putting together an absolutely wonderful and entirely engaging movie.
The group of professors that come by to send him off are a complex group: a religious studies professor, another that's an English prof, a psych prof, and a few others that round out a pretty decent world view.
Initially all of John's fellow colleagues challenge him, but his arguments are solid and disturbing. But is John for real? Or does he need psychotropic medications?
The thing about THE MAN FROM EARTH is that it's a stage-play put into film form. The entire movie is pure character exposition and dialogue with no action, flashbacks, or other techniques most movie-goers have become accustomed to. And this is both a strength and a weakness. The strength comes from the strong scripting of the dialogue that keeps the viewer interested and wondering how it will all pan out. The weakness is that it makes for incredibly slow pacing. Thankfully the The Man From Earth is only 87 minutes long, not stretching out its length and thus causing great yawns from the watchers.
The other strength within the movie is the acting. All of the characters were believable and the actors and actresses played their parts very well (being frustrated or angry or sad or scared, etc.). But the filming was tough to watch. Too many times the shots looked grainy or underexposed, giving it a B-movie feel; that was unfortunate.
Even so, this is an interesting treatise on humanity and how we might deal with the unexplainable should a friend thrust a near impossible quandary upon us.
The movie is one for the brain ... challenges your mind, opens you to possibilities you never considered before. Of course, it could not be true, and I'm sure there are some holes I did not notice, but for the most part, the entire story fell together very well. Superb! I wish there were more movies like this.
The movie is interesting and thought provoking; certainly deserving of the high IMDB rating it has.
As far as the video quality - save your money and buy the standard DVD. The BluRay quality was at best mediocre - I have standard DVDs that look better than this BluRay does. I would be amazed if this BluRay offers any improvement over the standard DVD - my guess is the BluRay is a simple copy of the standard DVD. Towards the end of the movie the video was not synchronized with the audio - I have never had that happen with a BluRay.
What would it really be like to live for 14,000 years? Would you learn a bunch of languages and forget them after you haven't used them for a hundred or so years? Would you be able to identify yourself as a Cro-Magnon man after the phrase has been coined?
John is a college professor who has decided to quit his job and gathers up his friends at his cabin for a going away party. Over some nice Scotch he reveals a captivating story of a live that has lasted 140 centuries.
Do they believe him? Is he lying? Is he crazy? Is it some weird thought experiment? Or, is he telling the truth?
What is his take on the Christ and Buddha? On man? The environment?
I really enjoyed watching this thought-provoking movie. It's got an independent flavor, but is very accessible.
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This is one of the most thought provoking movies I have ever seen. I saw this movie once years ago and never caught the name making it impossible to ever stream or purchase. Read morePublished 1 day ago by groucho4ever
Looked for this movie for years, so happy to finally have it.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'll give a movie three impossible things to get going: this used only one. The central character has been alive since the last ice age. Read morePublished 18 days ago by wiredweird
Not overly long in time or complicated in numerous sets, this thinking man's (or woman's) tale is a wonder. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marilyn L. Beach
With no CGI, no silly aliens, and no good-guy-bad-guy nonsense, this film pushes the boundaries of science fiction. It is all at once profound, moving, and fascinating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert J. Crawford
It's amazing to me, that a movie about a group of people sitting on a couch can keep me entertained for so long.
This movie is fantastic. Read more
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Do not believe the Amazon listing for the DVD which states that there are no special features. I received my copy today and was quite pleased to see that there are two audio commentary tracks as well as four "featurettes."
Aug 2, 2015 by Michael J. Valinis | See all 2 posts