This review will be shorter than some of my others. Not because Another Earth is not a good film. It and Inception are probably the two most ORIGINAL films I’ve seen in a decade. Its because Another Earth is a film that is reliant on its reveals. Where that can be bad in some instances, it is totally rewarding here.
All I’ll say about the plot of Another Earth is that it revolves around a post adolescent girl and a fateful night that changed her life and the life of everyone on the planet forever. Well, two planets to be precise. Cryptic enough? Good. Its worth the reveal. Another Earth is a moral dilemma picture in the same vein as Doubt or Gone Baby Gone with a very interesting twist thrown in.
The casual and simplistic way first time director Mike Cahill shoots each scene adds to the film’s charm. He gets a great performance from his cowriter and star Brit Marling and a stand out performance by William Mapother. Does the last name Mapother sound familiar? No? It should, because its the real last name of William’s slightly more famous older cousin Tom Cruise.
Another Earth is certainly another film that’ll have you thinking and talking about it way after you’ve finished seeing it. It deserves more awareness than it has gotten. See it…be surprised that its one of “those” films…then be more surprised its actually more than that….then tell me I’m wrong.