Another Earth (2011)

 The film was promoted as a Science Fiction one, to be rightfully placed next to “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Moon“. The truth is that when it started, it did not look promising. Not at all. There are no hard references to a science background. But as the story progressed it became evident that it is a great film.

The only link to fantasy (not science fiction) is the appearance of a second Earth, similar to ours, with identical people on top of it, continents, cities, places, problems, hopes…

The film can be “read” in two ways. The first one, is a well told story about the recklessness of a teenager that ruins its life, the remorse, and an honest effort for redemption. It is also the story of a man’s ruined life which begins to change when a caring person enters its life.

The second one which is built on top of the previous one, is the most interesting one, but being of symbolic nature, also harder to decipher. There is a phrase in the movie which expresses its very essence. Though its exact words escape my memory, the basic idea is that man has put enormous effort in studying things much bigger than him, i.e. the stars  and things much smaller than him, yet, the most challenging thing of them both, i.e. himself is the thing he knows less of them all.

Mike Cahill‘s Another Earth is a jewel that one should not miss.

My rating: 09/10

Moon (2009)

moonMoon is a science fiction film (my favorite species!) talking about people (best of breed). A movie by Duncan Jones, which under a well conceived plot, touches a number of issues: What can be said when a person does not even like its own self? :).  How can he/she like others? What helps a person endure a really hard situation? What is the driver behind all this technology around us and what the limits of this drive? Even if you do not like SciFi films, it is worth seeing! On the other hand, if you do like them, do not be intimidated by the film’s philosophical aspect.

My rating:  8/10