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DVD Review - Another Earth

Updated on December 23, 2011

DVD released 11/29/11

IMDB Rating: 7 out of 10.

Directed by newcomer Mike Cahill, written by Mike Cahill and Brit Marling. Starring Brit Marling and William Mapother. Another Earth did very well in the 2011 film festival circuit and saw a limited theatrical release.

The story begins as a student's bright future is cut short by a careless accident. On the same day a planet seemingly identical to the earth appears in the distant sky. As the young woman attempts to atone for her mistake in an unorthodox manner the identical earth moves closer and closer. When it is learned that the new earth may be an alternate reality and that she may be one of the first chosen few to visit it, her unlikely and precarious relationship is strained.

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The drama elements of Another Earth would have made a really good movie. The science fiction elements of Another Earth would have made a pretty good movie. The two elements delicately interwoven together make an incredible film. The story grabs you right from the beginning and keeps pulling you closer as the drama escalates and the duplicate earth grows in the sky. The WTF!? ending may confuse and anger some. It will leave you asking a lot of questions. The script isn't dialogue heavy. The special effects are nil for a science fiction film. This could have been a colossal failure if it were not for the tightly knit writing, directing, cinematographic and acting performances.

I'll call it a cerebral science fiction / drama. More so a drama with science fiction elements. I believe that it will gain a lot of popularity as more people see it via DVD, VOD and Cable.

This movie is what the spirit of independent film is all about.

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      icountthetimes 6 years ago

      Yes, it's sad that the quality dropped off as soon as he started making mainstream American films. Hopefully he'll continue making movies in the tradition of his earlier stuff too.

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      peepingtomb 6 years ago

      Thanks! Some great and edgy movies come out of Spain. I love Del Toro (not so much his mainstream American stuff though).

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      icountthetimes 6 years ago

      Found it! It's a Spanish film called Extraterrestrial. I heard about it because it's made by the director of Timecrimes which is a great movie.

      It isn't out yet, but the first reviews are positive:

      http://twitchfilm.com/reviews/2011/10/sitges-2011-...

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      peepingtomb 6 years ago

      Sounds interesting. Let me know.

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      icountthetimes 6 years ago

      Hmm, not it was another one. I'm sure I'll find out eventually, and will let you know here. I only mentioned it because the central plot didn't appear to be sci-fi in nature, it was a backdrop to a story involving a couple in a relationship. So kind of like this one. I think it may have been set in one room.

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      peepingtomb 6 years ago

      Monsters. I just watched it last week. Similar to this but less cerebral.

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      icountthetimes 6 years ago

      I enjoy movies that are somewhat genre defying. That's partly why I liked Pan's Labyrinth, which came across as something of a violent, yet touching adult fairytale.

      I'll certainly add Another Earth to the list of movies I plan to check out. There was another one I heard of recently, that's a movie about a relationship during an alien invasion. I forget the name of the movie though. Do you know the one I'm talking about?

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      formosangirl 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I am going to check this out. My whole family likes sci-fi (no horror). Great hub!

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      Steve Lensman 6 years ago from London, England

      It's worth a look and it has a surprise ending too. But after seeing Another Earth you'll probably guess what it is.

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      peepingtomb 6 years ago

      Sounds interesting. I will have to check it out.

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      Steve Lensman 6 years ago from London, England

      I saw this a few weeks ago. An interesting premise but even more far fetched and unlikely than Star Wars IMO.

      No one ever mentions the similarities between this and the 1969 sci-fi film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun aka Doppelganger. In that film a duplicate Earth is discovered in the same orbit and on the other side of the sun.

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