Exploring Human Drama Through Science Fiction in ‘Another Land’

Movie Review: Another Earth: An Alternative Vision of Science Fiction

Science fiction has one of the largest followings in the world of cinema, literature, and video games. Some of its most influential works include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Interstellar, Mass Effect, and The Time Machine. Most stories focus on grand themes such as space travel, discovering other forms of life, or disasters that threaten humanity. However, Another Earth takes a unique spin on the genre and hones in on the little things.

The premise of the movie revolves around the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s discovery of a duplicate planet Earth. Instead of focusing on the grand exploration of space, the movie’s main characters, Rhoda and John, are united by a fateful night when the discovery is announced.

During the course of the movie, topics such as an alter ego, being in the right or wrong place or time, depression, and guilt are explored. Birt Marling’s interpretation of Rhoda is captivating, as she conveys the difficulties of being human in a touching manner. Finally, the ending leaves the viewers with much to debate, giving viewers the chance to reflect.

Those seeking a refreshing take on science fiction should check out Another Earth on Disney+, Rakuten TV, Google Play Movies, Apple TV. Not only is it a captivating movie, it also explores the nuances of human life in a masterful way.

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