Friday, September 2, 2011

The Man from Earth (2007)

This has to be one of the most interesting films that I have seen in a few years. It is a science fiction film with no special effects and no action. How does that work you might ask, well the entire film is a conversation. We really only have one set and the cast is filled with people that have played movie extras and television stars. Don't expect any Oscar performances from this group, and get past how fake the dialog is to begin with.

The film starts with our lead character, John Oldman [David Lee Smith], a professor that after 10 years decides to up and quit his job. All of his colleagues drop by to say goodbye since his departure seems so sudden. He tells them that he really doesn't have a plan and they push and push until he tells them the truth. The truth is that do does not age, for the length of the film they question him on this point and he is able to answer all of their questions with thoughtful and precise detail. It is really a well thought out script, I came up with a few questions of my own and they answered them not long after. I had planned on starting this one in bed and finishing it on the treadmill at the gym, but it is not the type of film that you can be distracted during to enjoy. I watched the whole thing [87 minutes, short...] in bed when I should have been sleeping.

If you watch a lot of movies and can't find anything fairly new, then this is a "B" film I would highly suggest.

Vote: 8/10

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0756683/

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