I remember when this came out and I read about it in the newspaper (yes I still read the newspaper) and they hailed it as “brilliant” and I thought it looked like some boring yawner with a mopey hot chick in it and a guy that pops up in just about everything I see. Well – the other week I got up early and the wife slept in so I turned on the TV and this was on and I was like “Hey!! That’s the chick from SOUND OF MY VOICE!” So I gave it a shot and I have to say that this was really good (to me). I thought it looked sharp, Brit Marling is hot and a good actress, William Mapother really acted his ass off and the end, which I won’t spoil, rocked my lame ass. And no – this is NOT a horror – it’s Sci Fi (loosely) but more of a drama.
If you, The Most Beloved, have read my shit for, say, a week or so, you know that I’m not the guy who thinks too hard about shit and what shit means and dives into symbolism and all of that shit – I’m just a guy that likes beer and movies and then I try and write something witty about them and hopefully entertain five people for ten minutes. Well – while I was watching this, I started looking at the IMDB boards and there are ZILLIONS of people out there hating on this movie for not being “true” Sci Fi and then other people countering with “IT’S A FUCKING METAPHOR YOU FUCKING TROLLS GO FUCK YOURSELF AND DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!” (which is typical out there), but, either way, it’s a well made movie with good acting and, however you want to look at it, the end was beautiful.
If you’re not familiar with it: Marling is a brilliant high school student who gets accepted to a ritzy college. She parties it up one night and, at the soiree, it’s announced that another planet has been sighted and “they” are calling it Earth 2. That night, on the way home, she drunkenly crashes in to Mapother’s SUV, kills his family and puts him in a coma. She does four years in the joint and then gets out and this movie is all about remorse, redemption, forgiveness and transformation.
I think we’ve all gone to some sort of schooling and we know that if a planet the size of Earth was anywhere near us, our Earth would fail and we would all die. So, hmmm, metaphor? Probably. However or whatever you want to read into this, this is a good movie. Sure it’s slow sometimes – but – who cares. In the end, it left me thinking and so far, this Marling chick is two for two in my book. Now she needs to go make some horror movies!!
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