Genre Guesstimation – Another Earth (2011)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Paul of the People’s Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite Loners in Film.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Paul!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Loners in Film……

“You know that story of the Russian cosmonaut? So, the cosmonaut, He’s the first man ever to go into space. Right? The Russians beat the Americans. So he goes up in this big spaceship, but the only habitable part of it’s very small. So the cosmonaut’s in there, and he’s got this portal window, and he’s looking out of it, and he sees the curvature of the Earth for the first time. I mean, the first man to ever look at the planet he’s from. And he’s lost in that moment. And all of a sudden this strange ticking… Begins coming out of the dashboard. Rips out the control panel, right? Takes out his tools. Trying to find the sound, trying to stop the sound. But he can’t find it. He can’t stop it. It keeps going. Few hours into this, begins to feel like torture. A few days go by with this sound, and he knows that this small sound… will break him. He’ll lose his mind. What’s he gonna do? He’s up in space, alone, in a space closet. He’s got 25 days left to go… with this sound. So the cosmonaut decides… the only way to save his sanity… is to fall in love with this sound. So he closes his eyes… and he goes into his imagination, and then he opens them. He doesn’t hear ticking anymore. He hears music. And he spends the sailing through space in total bliss… and peace.” – Rhoda Williams

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After the discovery of a new planet nearby, a university student’s life is thrown out of balance following a tragic accident.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of before coming across it during my research into this genre.

The overall premise is quite intriguing, but the execution is extremely flawed.

The characters have become loners based on tragic events in their lives and each still seeks some form of redemption along the way.

Neither of them is developed well enough and that hurts things because it’s even more difficult to sympathize with everything they are experiencing here.

The sci-fi aspect of the film adds to some of the questions one might ponder, but it is told in such a fleeting way, that it doesn’t leave a stronger impact on the way things play out.

The story drags along a bit too much and tighter editing might have helped make things more powerful or engaging to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Brit Marling leaves prison was achieved by getting Marling to pose as a yoga instructor and enter and leave the prison for real. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. The story moves along far too slowly and it’s too difficult to actually care about these characters despite the intriguing sci-fi element of it all.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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3 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Another Earth (2011)

  1. I watched this film upon its initial release; it made me fall in love with Brit as an actress. I think the ending upset me because it left me wanting more. The concept was brilliant and something I had never heard of, but the story failed to deliver based on an entertaining idea.


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