Plot: On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, a young student headed for MIT and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
Cast: Brit Marling and William Mapother gave intense and moving performances. Though only appearing a few short moments throughout the film, Kumar Pallana (who plays a blind janitor “Purdeep”) gives a noteworthy performance.
Cinematography: The camera-work of Another Earth is more like a documentary. Visually, it’s a work of art with beautiful images of Earth 2 in the background.
Overall: On one hand, it wasn’t what I expected. The film didn’t actually explore Earth 2. The duplicate planet became the vehicle that drove the premise of the story. On the other hand, the director, Mike Cahill, demonstrates that sci-fi movies don’t have to be the blockbusters with menacing human-eating aliens, CGI, and fights to save humanity that we are used to seeing. A sci-fi movie can really be a drama in disguise and simply make you think about “what-ifs.” This film forces viewers to think about what it would be like to have a carbon copy or a copy that is potentially better than you. I found it refreshing and actually wish there were more films like this.
Final Score: **** 4 stars