Sunday, July 24, 2011

Another Earth Movie Review: An Incredible Tale of Love and Redemption

This film has an intriguing sci-fi premise about a duplicate earth but, unfortunately, it gets relegated to the realm of sub-plot and the focus is placed on a tedious romance that is a poor substitute for the extra-terrestrial adventure we could have enjoyed.
Rhoda’s (Brit Marling) dreams of becoming an astrophysicist come to an abrupt end when she drinks and drives, injuring John Burroughs (William Mapother) and killing his pregnant wife and child. She serves a four year prison sentence and, on her return, tracks down her victim and infiltrates his life without identifying herself as the perpetrator of the tragedy that destroyed his family. On the same day as the accident, a planet appears that scientists believe to be similar to our own and when Rhoda is released from prison she enters a competition to win a ticket for a trip to what has been christened Earth 2.
This is a character driven drama that puts the architect of the crime and the victim dangerously close and leads the audience to believe that guilt, remorse, blame and forgiveness will be played out in the arena, but these promises are never kept. We see the two together, scene after scene, but barely a word is exchanged and when Rhoda finally reveals who she is, Burroughs merely tells her to “get out”, and the grand battle we anticipated dissolves before our very eyes.


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