Like the very best conversations, The Man from Earth is an enrapturing experience that sucks you in. This is one story that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
Directed by Richard Schenkman
When Professor John Oldman unexpectedly decides to quit his job and move, his colleagues throw him an impromptu goodbye party which quickly turns into an interrogation, revealing a past they never could have imagined.
Do yourself a favor. Do not research anything about this film. Do not watch any trailers for it, do not read the plot summaries online. If you have not had the pleasure of seeing this film, go into it completely blind. All you have to know is this.
You will have strong opinions by the end of the film. Whether it be philosophical, existential, intellectual or even religious beliefs, The Man From Earth’s story will shake you to your core. This low budget science fiction film about a conversation that unravels in increasingly bizarre ways does what science fiction films have failed to do in years.
The Man From Earth invites you to think. It forces you to evaluate everything you hear logically. Like everyone of John’s beguiled colleagues we instinctively look to logic and reason for an explanation. But what if something cannot be proved or disproved? How far will you let yourself go down the rabbit hole before you come up with a logical conclusion that satisfies your beliefs? Once John reveals his secret, the film becomes damn near impossible to put down.
What starts off as a thought provoking conversation becomes progressively more frightening as the realization dawns upon us, “maybe, just maybe, he’s right”. This is an engrossing film, that’s almost dangerous by how convincing its fiction is. For 87 minutes, i fully believed in the world these characters lived in. That, is the mark of powerful storytelling.
“If I said no, could you ever be sure?”