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