Films viewed in 2011

229. Another Earth

In Drama on September 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Dir. Mike Cahill

On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

MY TAKE

Much like last year’s Never Let Me Go, Another Earth just uses a sci-fi premise to explore larger themes of loss, redemption and re-birth. Using only a few (too many) sky shots of an approaching planet, this is a straight-up character drama and indie filmmaking gem. Writer/star Brit Marling is solid throughout, and during the climax, was on another level than her co-star. The final shot will also get people asking questions, but I was satisfied with the conclusion it allowed me to draw.

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  1. Most sci-fi “only uses a sci-fi premise to explore larger themes of loss, redemption and re-birth.” Yes, there is “hard sci-fi” which is more technological in concepts but still, the technology explores larger themes…. All fictional writing does….

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