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The Man from Earth

USA 2007
produced by
Richard Schenkman, Eric D. Wilkinson, Emerson Bixby (executive), Mark Pellington (executive) for Falling Sky Entertainment
directed by Richard Schenkman
starring David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford, Annika Peterson, William Katt, Alexis Thorpe, Richard Riehle, Steven Littles, Chase Sprague, Robbie Bryan
written by Jerome Bixby, music by Mark Hinton Stewart

Jesus Christ

review by
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Actually, university professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) wanted to skip town quietly, and burn all bridges before anybody might notice ... but his colleagues, all top learned men and women - the best thinker of the group Dan (Tony Todd), Sandy (Annika Peterson) who also happens to be John's girlfriend, chief cynic Harry (John Billingsley), devout Christian Edith (Ellen Crawford), professional doubter Art Jenkins (William Katt), and Art's "favourite" student Linda (Alexis Thorpe) - stop by for an impromptu good-bye party that's actually also a poorly disguise ruse to make John tell them why he's leaving town. Well, he tells them, he has actually been on this world for 14,000 years, has been born a cro-magnon man, thus has lived through millenia of human history and thus seen it all. Of course nobody believes him at first, but at least, first of all Dan, like this sort of intellectual game between men of science, and it's really fascinating to all how John quickly has an answer to everything he's asked. Others of course think he's totally off the rockers, first and foremost Art, who even sees it fitting to call a psychologist, Dr. Gruber (Richard Riehle). But despite the fact that he doesn't believe a word of John's story, even Gruber can't find any signs of (traditional) insanity. Things really get a bit out of hands though when John claims he has in his lifetime also been Jesus - well, not the one from the bible, just a bloke who wanted to bring Buddhist teachings to the Jews, without anything in terms of miracles or him claiming to be son of God - that only came when the New Testament was put into writing. And this is where John loses credibility (or more) with his audience - but the way he tells it it might actually corroborate his claim ...

 

Now this movie, written by the man whose first filmed screenplay was the 1958 piece of drive-in sci-fi  loveliness It! The Terror from Beyond Space, could easily have resulted in utter silliness - but it doesn't thanks to a well-structured and even better researched story that does manage to outbalance the scientific and even philosophical with the purely entertaining, but without ever reverting to spectacle: Quite the contrary, the film manages to stay in John's rather spartan cabin for almost its entire duration and still get plenty of life out of it, thanks to a solid yet subtle directorial effort and a strong ensemble cast.

That said, the film does ask for an open mind to accept its premise, but if you can manage that, you'll probably enjoy this very much, also on an intellectual level.

 

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