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ANOTHER EARTH
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Mike Cahill

Starring:
Brit Marling
William Mapother

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A young woman must contend with restarting her broken life after a terrible tragedy. In the meantime, a planet identical to Earth has been discovered visibly in the sky. Both the woman and the new planet seem to be headed on a strange collision course.

Is it good movie?
I have to admit that I absolutely hated this movie within the first five minutes and seriously considered turning the damn thing off. It opens with this lame, skakey-cam, emo-style filming style with a girl's voice over that sounds like some stuck-up "valley" priss. From there, we get an absolutely horrific, saddening tragedy that made me feel awful. This ain't the kind of shit I want to be watching, ever. In fact, I really can't explain what the hell made me keep the DVD running.

But, for some reason, I allowed my mind to move quickly past the initial set up and continued watching. I suppose the plot did get more interesting and less depressing once it got going, hence I'm glad I gave the rest of the flick a chance. Then again, after that harsh opening, EARTH had nowhere else to go but up. Some brave twists were thrown into the story that made me want to find out where it was all going. The whole "another Earth" aspect is kind of shown as an afterthought, which felt kind of weird through the running time, but I knew that eventually, the new planet plotline was going to come a bit bigger into play.

It certainly helped that the acting on display was top notch. William Mapother, who I totally recognized from LOST, was fantastic as a man truly at the end of his rope. I really felt for the dude big-time. And look out for Brit Marling, who I just realized played a fun role in an episode of my favorite show, COMMUNITY, because she is definitely talented enough to be considered a star on the rise. She performed the amazing feat of tackling a role that I absolutely hated in the first five minutes and turning it into a sympathetic tour de force. She also co-wrote and co-produced the flick making her a triple threat!

When the finale arrived, I wasn't completely satisfied, but in terms of a low-budget independent film, I guess it was serviceable enough. I kind of wanted to get more info on the new planet Earth, but not a whole lot was revealed. However, if you don't mind giving a flick some thought once it cuts to black, then I'm sure ANOTHER EARTH will spark up some luminous conversation.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio English dolby digital with English, French, & Spanish subtitles.

The Extras
This was just a screener, so there was only a couple of Trailers.

Last Call
Now, again, I hated this movie so much in the beginning, it was gonna take some seriously good acting and plotting to change my view. Surprisingly, that is kind of what I got. Yes, I do cautiously recommend this one. It's not really big on the sci-fi-tinged second planet Earth theme, but there is substance and that deserves credit.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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