23 February 2011

Movies: The Man from Earth

The Man from Earth http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0756683/

Very very very surprising 2007 science fiction flick I never heard of before.

A history professor, "John Oldman," is moving on after teaching for the past 10 years at his school. A few of his friends among the faculty throw a surprise going-away party for him. At the party, he poses a what-if question about a cave-man (early Homo Sapiens) that's lived for 14,000 years, then hints, then reveals for the first time to anyone, that He is that immortal man.

The film basically allows us to listen in on the ensuing discussion. It's a refreshing sort of sci-fi flick in that it's purely character-driven in-the-head sci-fi set in our time, not a special effects driven flick set in some abstract future or outer space.

This film really feels more like a stage play. It is set in the living room of John's cabin, with an occasional scene outside. I found it interesting that questions I developed during the conversations ended up getting asked by one or another of the attendees.

The cast of 11 is a good share of recognizable television A list supporting actors and a couple film B listers.

My biggest complaint is, in one aspect of John's life, it went exactly where I was hoping it wouldn't go. Too obvious.

Despite that, if you like movies that make you think this is worth renting.

(original post 4 Jan 2011)

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