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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:   92 minutes, previews
VIDEO:  1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English 5.1 DVS
Subtitles:   English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO:  Fox Searchlight Pictures/ Artists Public Domain
RELEASE DATE:  11-29-2011

Rhoda has big dreams at 17 of going to college while looking up at the stars.  The appearance of a mirror Earth causes a drunk Rhoda not to watch the road and crash into a car of a family.   The crash kills John's wife and son.  John ends up in a coma and Rhoda goes to prison.   She gets out and wants to apologize to John who doesn't remember anything about the crash (or can find out who did it), but she chickens out and becomes his once-a-week cleaning lady.  Her life gets more intertwined with John's as Crazy White Lady Syndrome sets in.   Meanwhile, the other Earth is very close and Rhoda enters an essay contest to be one of the people who get to ride on a shuttle to the other Earth.   

Things become more interesting as it discover the other Earth is the mirror of Rhoda's Earth.  Questions arise about what  paths alternate versions of people might have taken.   Sadly, ANOTHER EARTH is not meta enough as it focuses too much on Rhoda's quest for redemption and forgiveness from john while the mirror Earth takes a backseat even though the ending does rise some interesting questions.   I wish ANOTHER EARTH focused more on a mirror Earth means to people and society plus what may be there when people get there.  I know ANOTHER EARTH is a low budget film, but I have seen plenty low budget sci-fi films be more meta on small budgets.   This film is just an interesting disappointment.

No extras except previews on this rental DVD.  However the Blu-ray does have extras including two featurettes, a Fox Movie Channel featurette, a music video, and seven deleted scenes.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  ANOTHER EARTH ends up being not enough meta while focusing too much on the questions a mirror earth would bring.   It is just an interesting and yet frustrating failure.

this DVD review is (c)12-3-2011 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com   I wish we could visit alternate Earths.