-- Dr. Richard Berendzen (from the film)
Setting aside the controversy regarding whether that film was good or bad (I've often argued that it's very, very good), I think that phrase certainly summed up the way many of us in genre truly think about Science Fiction films: namely, the very best of them are about the human condition -- this ongoing adventure -- and not so much the flashes, bells, and whistles storytellers like to cram inside them. At the film's heart, there's a real heart -- a human heart -- that beats in time with yours and mine. It suffers the same shortcomings, has the same strengths, and experiences an awful lot of what you and I do. Occasionally, I suppose it's safe to suggest that maybe a filmmaker or two goes way into the deep end of the pool, choosing to functionally minimize most of a flick's SciFi and/or Fantasy elements in favor of focusing more strongly on that human core ... and from what I've read that's probably why a feature like Another Earth (2011) probably only skirted legitimate SciFi fandom by appealing to a more centrist and/or artsy audience.
The picture premiered on this day back in 2011 screening for audiences in attendance of the Sundance Film Festival. Actress and budding auteur Brit Marling headlined the piece, and why not? She and director Mike Cahill collaborated on the screenplay, and they cast such talent as William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, DJ Flava, and Meggan Lennon to join them on this journey into the heart of man. Here's the premise as provided by the good people at IMDB.com:
"On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident."
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!