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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org I wish we could visit alternate Earths.