Random Movie Review: The Man From Earth

 

Oh just one of those films you stumble upon while browsing the internet and wonder what it’s about. So saw this film because felt like watching a not-so-famous science fiction drama. And I have to say, I don’t know what to feel. It was ridiculously catchy.

So the story revolves around a college professor who claims in front of his colleagues that he is 14,000 years old. The whole movie is set in one room by the way.All of his peers start to question him and stick around as he tells them stuff they find fascinating. Among his colleagues is an archaeologist, an anthropologist, a biologist and a christian literature expert. That’s not all. There are a lot of twists and heavy revelations. And I mean, a lot of them. Some predictable, some out of nowhere. The pacing is mostly dialogue driven(obviously since there’s only one room to shoot the movie in).

The protagonist, the 14,000 years old guy is played by David Lee Smith  who is a very good actor. He knows what he’s doing. But I found his performance as John Oldman not very convincing. It didn’t look like the guy had spent 14 thousand years on earth. It didn’t look like he was lying either. It lacked the necessary conviction. The dialogues were pretty good however. And at some point the discussion successfully addressed the “what if I was immortal” topic and at another point the discussion very clearly delivered the message of fabrication of religious doctrines and how people use religion to manipulate others.

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John Oldman dramatically answers his colleagues’ questions about his prehistoric life

If you’re bored, and desperately in need of conversation or if you’re feeling like indulging in some kind of “how meaningless and repetitive life is” discussion, watch this movie. It has a lot of flaws in terms of acting, and it feels really awkward the way John Oldman tells his story, but it’s fun to watch, and it doesn’t make you lose interest. And at the end of the movie, you won’t regret watching it. 6.5/10

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