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The Man From Earth

sci-fi & fantasy

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he is an immortal who has walked the earth for 14,000 years.

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3 stars

I have complained many times before about unnecesary over stylization, but here the case is quite the contrary, as happens with that sensationalistic and pseudo intellectual dogma movement, there is nothing interesting in its mise en scene, no storytelling skill whatsoever displayed, so the story rather than being fully exploited becomes a mere recorded play with pitiful production values. The story had potential though it wasn't that great either. It feels stagy and shallow, as well as the performances, especially that from the lead actor. When you have something happening in a very limited space, you better do like Hitchcock in "rope" or Polanski in say "death and the maiden" and start leaving your mark on every shot, make it as intense and engaging as they did, 'cause if you don't you'll have a weak attempt of a feature film, tacky and dull, rather than making a convincing contribution to the annals of the "housebound" subgenre.

- pier007, Thursday, November 5, 2009

2 stars

Interesting and infuriating in equal measure. Has a wonderful one room scenario but spoils it with cinematography that looks like it comes from some cheap television show and a score that sounds like it was used in a charity advert. On top of that the majority of performances cannot handle their dialogue and as such come off as simplistic arrogant arses. Tony Todd being a very fine acception, he's almost a person as opposed to an ideal. The film treats its audience as idiots, spelling everything out in plain and simple terms. Don't really care for anything or anyone in this film apart from the situation itself, what if a man DID claim to be 14,000 years old? Well it could certainly be a lot more realistic than this. Glad I don't know anyone who talks like this, I'd probably stab them in their eyelids. Would have been a lot better with some actual narrative. How does a man continuously reinvent himself? Delve a little deeper instead of going all high concept with "I was Jesus" rubbish and oh wait, yeah here's a perfectly emotionless and almost comical twist for you. Has the subtlety of a terrorist attack.

- kiriyamakazou, Sunday, September 14, 2008

3 stars

This movie was not quite what I had first expected. Altough it falls within the realm of sci-fi, it wasn't exactly the kind of movie I'm used to getting. For one thing, it didn't have as much as a single action scene, and the whole movie played out in one single room, with the dialogue being the only factor to drive the plot forward. Therefore, it was not without misgivings that I sat down and watched this. To my great surprise, however, it was actually a quite intriguing and unique experience. The conversations between the characters were good and fascinating enough for the movie to work, and altough it felt more like a lecture than a movie, it did present a lot of food for thought. So if you take it for what it is, it's actually fairly enjoyable, even though I always prefer some good action over 90 minutes of pure dialogue.

- CloudStrife84, Monday, April 7, 2008