Monday, December 24, 2007

The Man From Earth - DVD

Highly recommended as a science fiction film of ideas. No starships, no explosions, just a bunch of intelligent people sitting around exploring an idea.
"Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth really has a chance of being the single best piece of screenwriting you will see on a screen large or small this year (really!)."
At a farewell get together in a cabin in the hills, Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) makes a shocking confession to his fellow professors and students: he is actually an immortal who has been living on earth for the past 14,000 years. So begins this thought-provoking sci-fi drama which follows the group as they struggle to figure out whether Oldman is telling the truth or is merely deranged.

This is a low budget indie film that has one of the best screenplays you will find this year. Like I wrote, no special effects, nothing but intelligent people sitting around a fireplace considering the possibility of a man that has lived over ten thousand years. Of course, the writer must have experience with Twilight Zone and he does as well as with Star Trek.

Star Trek fans will recognize a lot of familiar faces sans makeup. Science fiction writer Jerome Bixby, who did write for Star Trek and Twilight Zone, created this final story on his deathbed. He may be best known for the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror" or the Twilight Zone episode "It's A Good Life" voted as one of the greatest science fiction stories of all time.

Good acting and great theme music "Forever" sung by Chantelle Duncan.

Ok, this is not for those who only like action movies or big budget popular movies. This small budget film seems like a labor of love for most of those involved.

A very high rating for thoughtful science fiction fans and fans of independent cinema. Available at Rotten Tomatoes: 100% fresh from limited reviews.

4.5 out of 5 thoughtful stars

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