Another Earth is a strong, beautiful debut from promising new talent!

This is science fiction at its best–not muddled with robots or aliens–but rooted in humanity. With a unique angle and wonderful performances, Another Earth propels itself past the typical (it has a familiar core) and becomes extraordinary.  It is a quiet, simple narrative with an unexpected science fiction twist, that will move you.  

Writer/Director Mike Cahill has an photographer’s eye.  Many of the shots are beautifully captured–with little details highlighted–and he has an easy style. But the revelation here–the discovery, is Brit Marling, who not only shines as the lead, but also co-wrote the screenplay. Very impressive!  Marling is a natural and draws you in, close to her character and her raw emotions. Opposite of her is William Mapother, who is a great actor and shines in his role.

I usually roll my eyes at the end of most indie films–you know the ones, the artists that use ambiguity to prove they’re so creative and clever–when most of time it comes across as lazy and a cop-out–but I loved Another Earth’s ending.  Some may find it too ambiguous, but this time I thought it was right.  I think it is up to the viewer to interpret what it means.  You will understand when you watch it.  And watch it you must, especially if you want to experience something atypical and lovely. 

It has easily landed in my Top 10 list of 2011.

About nediunedited

Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

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