I am not usually a big fan of Sci-Fi, in fact I run away from it. Most of it is boring and mundane. Film makers Richard Schenkman and Eric Wilkinson have brought to fruition a version of Jerome Bixby’s fine novel Man From Earth. What attracted me to watch Man From Earth was the news story that went with the movie. Most indy movies are fairly low budget and without the backing of a large studio they find it hard to get screen time in the overcrowded heater market place. Most go straight to Blockbuster in the form of DVD’s,

About a week before it was released a bootleg copy found its way into the murky world of file sharing. The result was that sudenly it was rocketing up the iMDB charts, eventually peaking at the #6 spot on most popular sci-fi movies, and has now become the #14 most popular sci-fi movie of all time. Rather than fight the pirates, the film makers embraced them, rationalizing that if people were watching the poor quality bootleg, they may well go out and purchase the real thing. And people have!

Not knowing my Limewires from my Bittorents I contacted the film makers and they graciously sent me a review copy.

There is no CGI, there are no aliens, and there are no special effects. Instead we are faced with a movie that I don’t think can be beat. This movie is not so much sci-fi as psy-fi.

John Oldman, is a 35 ish young man, who has decided it is time to relocate. His friends are concerned that his rapid departure is a sign of something more sinister. And throw a surprise party as he packs.

Bit by bit John opens up about himself. All is not as it seems, John reveals that he is not 35, but a mind numbing 14,000 years old! He has perpetually stayed 35, he has lived through the Neanderthals, has sailed with Christopher Columbus, and has experienced just about everything there is to experience.

“No I am not immortal, a gun could kill me…. I am just really old”.

Johns trick for flying low on the radar is to move on every 10 years, before people start to notice that he is not aging. Naturally there is a good deal of skepticism displayed about the truthfulness of Johns claims.

Man From Earth has a unique and unsettling climax which I guarantee will surprise you.

Man From Earth may have been made on a low budget, but don’t be fooled, this movie is made to the highest standards and well worth seeking out in you local video store. You can also get a copy from Amazon, there is also an official web site that is worth visiting.

My co-reviewer and wife Jan and I give this one two Roswells up!

Simon Barrett


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