Excerpt: I’ve always been fascinated by the possibility or the conception that there’s something else out there. There is. I’m certain of it. Maybe what’s more intriguing is the possibility of an alternate timeline or an alternate universe. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “The Beach” used this line to try and pick up Virginie Ledoyen’s character. It didn’t work. But think about it. What if, somewhere out there, there’s an alternate universe with another you there?
Excerpt: If this were to be a one-word review that word would be disappointing. This low budget sci-fi film about the discovery of a twin Earth had me rather excited. You would not be wrong in saying it was one of my most anticipated films of last year. With the advent of cheaper software packages for digital effects, there have been a number of similarly smaller budgeted sci-fi films with a higher intelligence quota than your usual Hollywood science-fiction.
Excerpt: On the heels of watching Lars von Trier’s Melancholia , I was able to see Another Earth . Apparently I am a sucker for existential sci-fi dramas that revolve around the dilemmas of the main characters as they deal with their own tragedies, along with the presence of another planet coming dangerously close to earth, because as with Melancholia , I really dug this film as well.
Conclusion: 'Another Earth' is an emotionally-driven motion picture with an intriguing and even provocative sci-fi backdrop fueling an absorbing and often riveting drama at the center. Making his feature-length directorial debut, Mike Cahill remains intently focused on the relationship of two disenfranchised and alienated individuals, while the world surges with energy as humans make first contact with a duplicate mirror Earth.
Excerpt: The Movie While not exactly forging a new sub-genre (Don McKellar's Last Night tread vaguely similar ground), the minimalist science-fiction drama Another Earth can put itself in that exclusive niche of films that draw us in with a fascinating premise and keep us there with a deeply human tale.
Excerpt: Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling, Community ) is an exceptionally gifted high schooler who has just been accepted to MIT. To celebrate, she engages in a night of drinking and partying with her friends. Alas, she foolishly decides to drive home by herself while intoxicated, and crashes into another vehicle as a result. The accident puts John Burroughs (William Mapother, In the Bedroom ) into a coma; Burroughs' wife and child are killed.
Excerpt: Nominally speaking, Another Earth is science fiction, but it’s more concerned with mood and metaphysics than science. When a second Earth appears in the sky, apparently populated by exact duplicates of the people on our planet, no one is concerned with silly practical issues of gravitational forces, orbits, or tides; instead, American society erupts into pained soul-searching, wondering what the event means to humanity, and what it would be like for a person to meet...
Conclusion: A small, personal indie with a huge cinematic and intellectual appetite. It may be too lo-fi for some tastes but it sparks the brain and moves the heart. It also introduces Marling as a bright new star — singular.