When is a sci-fi movie not really a sci-fi movie? When it’s Mike Cahill’s “Another Earth”. Oh sure, the trailer starts with another Earth mysteriously showing up in our atmosphere, but that’s pretty much where the sci-fi stuff ends. The rest of the movie looks like a pretty heavy drama about regret, forgiveness, and other heady, life stuff. Don’t get me wrong, this is actually all very intriguing to me, but just don’t go in thinking it’s going to be really sci-fi, that’s all I’m saying. I could be wrong, of course.
In ANOTHER EARTH, Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), a bright young woman accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (William Mapother), has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.
Starring William Mapother, Brit Marling, Jordan Baker, Robin Lord Taylor, Flint Beverage, and directed by Cahill. Star Brit Marling, by the way, is also one of the movie’s writers.
In theaters July 22nd, 2011.