Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mike Cahill: Inconsistent Planet (Another Earth)

Brit Marling, William Mapother, Another Earth, Fox Searchlight, 2011.

The wonders of the science-fiction genre are boundless in their capacity for the expression of the outer and inner worlds. In fiction, the printed word offers the imagination room to prowl and experiment. The cinema makes palpable the inconceivable before our very eyes, be the vehicle transcendent or pulpy.

With the honorable yet unsatisfying Another Earth, debut helmer Mike Cahill creates a dreamy world easy to get lost in. His gauzy images of a lonely New England town and the cold blue universe in the sky, are remarkable, as are the convincing orbits of his stars Brit Marling and William Mapother. Yet the aesthetic essence does not compensate for the incorrigible mismanagement of the story line, which feels like two films mashed into one, neither which are believable or tangible as relayed here.

What we are left with is a narcotized visual field promising the talent of those involved, yet lacking the heart and vision to completely entrench us.

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