Monday, April 22, 2013

The Man from Earth (2007) ★★★★★


After 10 years at the university where he teaches, John Oldman is moving. He invites friends at his place for a farewell afternoon and confronts them with the idea that he might be a 14,000 year old man who was born a caveman and lived through many civilizations. Whether he is serious or only throwing out a plot for a novel he's writing is unclear, but his friends are decided to get to the bottom of this. They attempt to find the flaw in Oldman's story.

My verdict:

The first 10 minutes of the movie feel off and the acting is poor during this introduction. Fortunately, this quickly goes away and moves on to the heart of the story, with much better acting. The arguments may be intellectually challenging if you pay close attention to them, but this is not necessary. The big thing about this movie is the dynamics in motion: psychological, emotional, social. And while many of the characters are hollow, their mere presence catalyzes the group dynamics and contribute to the unfolding of the story. The original scenario, the setting and the group dynamics earn this movie a 5 stars rating.

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