Another Earth

"Good"

Another Earth Review


Filmmaker Cahill makes the very most of his low budget through clever camerawork, editing and sound. Although it's impossible to escape the feeling that there's not much substance here beyond a moving exploration of grief and redemption.

On the day a new planet is discovered, 17-year-old science genius Rhoda (Marling) causes a car crash that only John (Mapother) survives. Four years later, she's out of prison, living with her parents and brother (Baker, Begerage and Taylor) and working as a cleaner. But when she finally gets up the nerve to apologise to John, she ends up cleaning his house instead. Meanwhile, the new planet is now much closer, and its mirror-image geography has earned it the name Earth 2. Maybe up there she can have a second chance.

The film is clearly a parable about the inner longing we have to correct the past so we can move forward. When Rhoda learns that the population of Earth 2 mirrors our own, she applies to travel there and learn if perhaps their history took another path. Meanwhile, John has been unable to move forward, giving up on his composing career and living in squalor (so Rhoda's cleaning job is no mean feat).

But of course this presents a problem for a film, even one with groovy sci-fi touches: the central characters do little more than mope around as they yearn for something that actually won't fix them. While John thinks that Rhoda might be helping him heal, that's only because he doesn't know who she is. As they grow closer, Rhoda only feels guiltier than ever.

Cleverly, Cahill leaves the science fiction in the background, only reminding us through glimpses of Earth 2 in the night sky as well as the pulsing electronic score. For much of the film, the personal drama is central, anchored by solid performances from Marling and Mapother and a sense of growing intrigue as we wonder how their relationship will turn out once Rhoda reveals her identity. But of course, the growing spectre of this other Earth is always there hovering in the background, and its presence makes the finale both provocative and a little unsatisfying.



Another Earth

Facts and Figures

Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 12th October 2011

Box Office USA: $1.3M

Box Office Worldwide: $1.8M

Budget: $200 thousand

Distributed by: Fox Searchlight

Production compaines: Artists Public Domain

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Fresh: 78 Rotten: 45

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Mike Cahill

Producer: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, , Nicholas Shumaker

Starring: as Rhoda Williams, as John Burroughs, Jordan Baker as Kim Williams, Flint Beverage as Robert Williams, Robin Lord Taylor as Jeff Williams, Matthew-Lee Erlbach as Alex, Meggan Lennon as Maya Burroughs, AJ Diana as Amos Burroughs, DJ Flava as Himself, Bruce Colbert as Symposium Speaker, as Symposium Speaker, Ana Valle as Symposium Speaker, Jeffrey Goldenberg as Symposium Speaker, Joseph A. Bove as Symposium Speaker, Rupert Reid as Keith Harding

Also starring:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Life Movie Review

Life Movie Review

Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective...

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

Based on a true story, it's the historical aspect of these events that holds the...

Chips Movie Review

Chips Movie Review

It's clear from the very start that this movie has little to do with the...

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to...

The Salesman Movie Review

The Salesman Movie Review

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar with this astute drama which, like 2011's...

Get Out Movie Review

Get Out Movie Review

Leave it to a comedian to make one of the scariest movies in recent memory....

Personal Shopper Movie Review

Personal Shopper Movie Review

After winning a series of major awards for her role in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of...

Advertisement
Certain Women Movie Review

Certain Women Movie Review

In films like Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, writer-director Kelly Reichardt has told sharply...

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

After the success of 2014's Godzilla reboot, the Warner Bros monsters get their own franchise,...

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Filmmaker Gurinder Chada (Bend It Like Beckham) draws on her own family history to explore...

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

With an extra dose of attitude and energy, this Irish comedy-drama hits us like a...

Logan Movie Review

Logan Movie Review

Hugh Jackman returns to his signature role one last time (so he says), reuniting with...

Patriots Day Movie Review

Patriots Day Movie Review

The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed...

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

It's no surprise that this creep-out horror thriller is packed with whizzy visual invention, since...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.