Rhoda Williams, an astrophysics student at MIT, is driving when she sees a planet and leans out for a closer look. She hits a minivan and kills a family. She is imprisoned for four years, and upon release seeks out the widower of the family, composer John Burroughs. The planet she saw is a mirror planet of Earth, and an essay contest is held where the winner can ride a space shuttle to visit it. Williams considers the possibility of visiting it to find out what kind of life her mirror self would have led.
Through all the improbabilities and implausible ideas in this elaborate work of fiction, Mike Cahill brings us a subtle, affecting and intimate story that takes place as we discover another planet, another Earth, getting closer and closer to our planet. An exact replica. This huge and admittedly outrageous Sci-Fi concept is merely a sub plot to the main event - It is a story of how two people meet and how their relationship, forged through tragedy, grows.
Brit Marling, who not only co-wrote this film but it is also her fantastic debut in the lead role as Rhoda, turns this light weight, low budget story of a tragic relationship into a serious heavy weight contender. This is no doubt the…
I saw this movie later than most of the people but after seeing it for the first time I remember being so shocked that I didn't want to watch another movie for some time after that. Which is a (powerful) reaction you don't get very often. And which is a reaction I loved having. (God, that's sounds weird.)
I know most people thought it was a pretty good movie but didn't
love it as much as I did. I don't know... I guess I think this movie is so perfect because of its simplicity. After seeing "Another Earth" I think it's safe to say that I will watch anything with Brit Marling's name on it.
The whole movie was electric.…
Well, it's easily the "indiest" film I have seen in a while.
It does swerve very close to pretension, but this is mainly due to the keenness of its first time director to hammer home it's lo fi-ness. There are plenty of meandering shots, and loose framed camera work. But it's the first time directors freshness that makes Another Earth work. It's a neat idea, and he handles it well.
I knew nothing of Brit Marling before viewing, and now I want to know everything. Phone number, address.... I joke obviously. She is stunning in this, and I will be seeking out more of her work. It's her performance, the brilliantly handled central relationship, and the films stunning soundtrack that make this film a very good one.
BUT, if anyone can explain that final shot, then please do so.
My last movie of 2012 were "Sound of my Voice", and in that movie, Brit Marling totally put me under her spell, with her beauty and presence. Funny thing is that I had seen Arbitrage about a week before, and she looked just like any other actress. But after hearing the sound of her voice, singing "Dreams" by The Cranberries, I knew I needed more of her, and when I saw the trailer for Another Earth while searching movies on iTunes, my problem was solved.
Another Earth is fantastic, visually stunning, with an incredible Sci-Fi background story for a good drama, built on Brit's really great acting and a solid script, that envolved both tematics perfectly, which is what…
Another Earth has undoubtedly become one of my favorite films, is beautiful, simple, smart and touching ...
It's those films that leave me with a strange feeling but at the same time very nice.
Makes me think, feel and travel, and if there's one thing this movie does brilliantly is an authentic trip to thoughts and feelings ...
Met the actress Brit Marling in the film Sound of My Voice, and for me it has shown a perfect actress, also seems to be a good writer because she wrote this movie with Mike Cahill.
Do not waste time and see Another Earth, wanted to write about this beautiful film but unfortunately I lack the words!
I tend to prefer my sci-fi small in scale but big in ideas. It was for this reason, and the positive critical reception, that I was hoping for good things from Another Earth but in the end I was left a little disappointed. Brit Marling has been proclaimed as a talent to watch and maybe this is the case (her next film, Sound of My Voice, certainly looks intriguing) but I’m slightly unconvinced on the basis of this film.
The science-fiction element here plays as a thematic shadow, always looming over the characters as they try and deal with guilt and loss and what their lives might be like on Earth 2. It is a neat conceit but one that…
Interesting - loved it at times and was totally frustrated with it at times. Brit Marling will make me see any film. ANY film.
It was ok, but it was too messy. The main problem was that the movie felt like two movies meshed together: a movie about another earth, and a drama about a woman's struggles to tell the truth about killing the main man's wife and kid. It felt confused and it didn't really have a voice throughout the film. But the thing that really made it mixed-to-negative was the message's delivery. Brit Marling's character, a janitor at a high school, spills some stuff, and as she comes to clean it up, her boss, an old Indian man, says that she can't let the past hold her back and to be truthful to herself. WHAT?! HOW DOES SPILLING SOME CHEMICALS EQUATE TO NOT GIVING UP AND MOVING FORWARD? Rant aside, there were some qualities that were good about it, like the fact that the other Earth looks phenomenal. But it was jut all over the place. 2.5/5
An interesting meditation about guilt and the 'what if?' aspect of every day life, with a really low budget they manage to deliver a very interesting scifi movie that uses the scifi elements with great success to highlight it's dramatic themes.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If you had the chance to escape the stress of everyday life or your personal demons and start again, would you take it? That’s the question posed in Another Earth, although with the small detail of doing so on another planet, identical to our own. The old saying that somewhere out there exists an exact double of you has always been a romantic notion of self fascination and discovery played upon here as Rhoda (Brit Marling) is given the opportunity to do just that.
This is a story about redemption and two lost souls suffering their own personal hell for differing reasons set within a science fiction world, concentrating on their reawakening rather than losing itself in science fantasy. Directed…
An intriguing premise and done in a fairly minimalist style that can at times be frustrating but it mostly allows thinking space. Brit Marling gives an excellent performance as the troubled youth who aspires to move to Earth 2, she reminded me a lot of Jennifer Lawrence who perhaps in another life could have done this role, hopefully we'll see more of her. The ending is certainly one to provoke debate, tying into the film's philosophy about life and the film's short length should allow for plenty of rewatch value. The science behind Earth 2, how gravity would affect etc. is not remotely touched upon, which doesn't bother me, the film wasn't dealing with science. Fascinating and worth a watch (or a few).
a cool, thoughtful indie written by/starring the smart/lovely Brit Marling (see her also-good Sound of My Voice, too!), this ends with a "WO!" moment, like having the theater's rug pulled out from under your seat, but I promise you'll be thinking/arguing with your film friends about it for some time to come!...
You would suspect that the presence of a parallel world looming over another might serve as a heavy handed symbol; however, this second earth looms in this story like a moon, familiar, subtle, and always dripping its eerie light on the world we're watching.
I can't be the only one a little miffed about the whole other earth being nothing but a fucking cock tease, it felt like the director had a fantastic idea and completely dropped it for a sudden romantic twist and on top of that, it gives almost nothing to the overall film.
I think in the end it comes off as just 92 minutes of a rather interesting premise that never really takes off and all potential is wasted.