The Man From Earth Makes Me Want to Read a Book – Is That a Good Thing for a Movie?


So I don’t know whether I should like The Man From Earth or not. It’s an interesting premise – a guy who is about to leave town reveals to his colleagues that the reason he is leaving is because people are starting to realize that he does not seem to be aging. The reason why he isn’t aging and his life story – all 14,000 years of it – is the subject of debate for the rest of the movie.

Conveniently, his audience is comprised of a biologist, a psychologist, a paleontologist and a couple other history-minded folks, so it makes for an inquisitive tale. I won’t say anything else for fear of spoiling the movie for you, but I am still trying to figure out if it is worth spoiling at all.

It is staged like a play, in a single dialogue-fueled room. The acting is either okay, or not that good at all – can’t figure that out either. You’ve seen all the actors before, but may have troubling remembering where, besides the Greatest American Hero of course.

But the questions are at least intriguing, and at 87 minutes, the ask of your time is minimal, so maybe it is worth checking out. Plus you can watch it instantly on Netflix (which is how I watched it), so you don’t have to exert yourself much to consume it.

Maybe the most I can say about it is that it made me want to read a book. Actually, it made me want to pick up a book that I put down a couple weeks ago – The Quantum and The Lotus.

As for the music in the movie – besides the score from Mark Hinton Stewart, there are only two songs in the film:

The first plays when John turns on the radio while sitting in front of the fire. The latter plays during the end credits.

If you happen to check out the movie, please let me know what you think. But do not hold me responsible if I’ve wasted 90 minutes of your life. You can ask John Oldman for a few minutes of his.

~ by montelutz on May 10, 2010.

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