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Another Earth

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Another Earth

Another Earth

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
92 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/22/11
performer:
William Mapother, Brit Marling
director:
Mike Cahill
distributor:
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author:
73368
genre:
Drama

We gave it a D

Equal parts astronomy and philosophy, Another Earth is — like 2004’s Primer — a Sundance darling that does smart sci-fi on the cheap. The discovery of another planet identical to ours serves as the backdrop to the story of a young woman (Brit Marling) who accidentally kills a family while driving drunk. Director Mike Cahill says the film’s modest budget was a virtue, allowing him to focus on the story’s character-based sensibilities. ”If we had a huge budget, we might have been tempted to have rocket ships nuking Earth 2,” says Cahill. ”Or explosions and Will Smith in a cowboy hat and cigar rescuing everybody.” Save that for the sequel. —Keith Staskiewicz

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