Both stories are appealing enough to follow - the painful relationship between Rhoda and John, and the thrill of Earth 2. The cinematography of the blue skies is amazing, but the light (specially at the dust particles) is quietly stunning. The philosophical narrative feels a bit superfluous, when the image itself conveys the same emotion, though.
"... But maybe the most mysterious of all is neither the small nor the large. It’s us, up close. Could we even recognize ourselves? And if we did, would we know ourselves? What would we say to ourselves? What would we learn from ourselves? What would we really like to see if we could stand outside ourselves and look at us?"
It's a beautiful film, but it could have been so much more. Brit Marling is a promising talent, though. She gave a great performance, and it's obvious she is a talented writer. The problem is that she sacrificed philosophical intrigue for a half-baked and predictable romance. It may not be perfect, but it's an enjoyable, suspenseful film.
This movie was incredible. The Antiterra thought experiment becomes the inciting incident of a deeper level character drama that contends with the fact that you cannot take back your actions -- perhaps not Deep Thought or Unique but perfectly blended into a very visual/cinematic experience. This is the best damn movie I've seen in a while, & I'm equally excited about its $150k budget. --PolarisDiB
When viewing the trailer, I expected it to break the box office. Not the case, obviously. I never saw or heard of it afterwards. Then I found out its budget and its release were miniscule. I was astounded. The trailer and the film are conducted almost in a limitless way. In the art direction field of course. The rest is on autopilot.
Something is in the air for 2011. With this, Melancholia, and Take Shelter; there's such anxiety within ourselves about the state of earth! But anyway, this is a solid movie. Some flaws in the storytelling but nothing too obnoxious to take me completely out of it. The cinematography and score are the best things about it and the fact of how small the budget was on this visionary project is inspiring.
Like a Bright Eyes album, you have to get over a whiny delivery to get to a satisfying experience. Running voice-over invites People's Key comparisons, but someone else could do that better. Questionable choices were made, but I confess looking past them, getting swept up in the momentum and leaving the theatre feeling like I'd seen something good, even though I can't say for sure I did.