Humanity has always wondered if we are alone in the universe. Is life on this tiny grain of sand on the vast beach called the universe unique? With UFO sightings and projects like SETI we are looking for answers, but have still not found an answer. In this movie another earth appears and people want to find out more about it. One of them is Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), a young student who looks up at the sky when she hears about it and in doing so causes a horrible accident which changes her own life and that of others.
For those expecting a science fiction story I can say that it is not. The other earth is there, but it’s just a small part of the story, just like it was in another movie with a similar idea, Melancholia. This movie isn’t as dark, but does deal with the personal struggle Rhoda is going through. She once was a promising student, but now has a job cleaning schools. She wants to face the one she has caused pain, but is afraid to do so. When she hears about a competition that could give her the opportunity to join a spaceship to the other earth it’s a chance for her to escape it all and at the same time to allow her to face her fears.
This was a movie made on a small budget (just $200.000), but just as movies like Bellflower or Monsters it really doesn’t show. This is a drama which works because the convincing acting of both Brit Marling and William Mapother (who most will recognise from Lost). The effect of the other earth appearing looks stunning. Part of me wants to see a sequel to this as it could explore other questions we have about how we would react to knowing there is other life out there.