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Earthbound (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 15 March 2013 (Ireland)
Joe is an Alien on Earth. At least that is what his father told him before he died when Joe was eleven. He finds it difficult to adjust, and to find a compatible girl friend.

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Alan Brennan

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Alan Brennan
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Credited cast:
Rafe Spall ... Joe Norman
Jenn Murray ... Maria
Stephen Hogan ... Dr.Richard Webb
David Morrissey ... Bill Norman
Rory Keenan ... Gordon
Aoife Duffin ... Liz
Carrie Crowley ... Vera Ellis
John Lynn John Lynn ... Phil
Milo Pilkington Massey Milo Pilkington Massey ... Young Joe
Ned Dennehy ... Kilson
Peter Vollebregt ... Brett 'Rocky' Calhoun
Robert Bannon ... Jimmy
Jonathan Byrne ... Dave
Fionnuala O'Shea Fionnuala O'Shea ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brennan John Brennan ... Boy in park
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Young Joe is an alien living on Earth. At least that's what his father told him before he died when Joe was eleven. His father unsuccessfully wrote sci-fi stories, and Joe loves sci-fi. He has been told that he must not deal with humans, unless they are more than 85 percent compatible with himself. When we meet Joe again, he is 26, and the fantasy keeps him going. But is it a fantasy, or is it real? Joe's life changes radically when he meets a more than 85 percent compatible girl. Can Joe trust himself? Does he know what's real?

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Is Joe really from outer space?...or is he just on another planet?


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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek z kosmosu See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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2.35 : 1
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A fantastic story which keeps you in the dark
13 October 2013 | by OJTSee all my reviews

This little Irish film is a film of which you never really quite are sure what to get out of, and that's a planned thing from the makers. It uses the ambiguous of using words to such an extent that it makes you think. Because it's a clever film! Is this film about loss, about dealing with fear of life of is it a story about a guy in denial. I could go on, because there's a lot more to get out of it.

We meet Joe, and alien on Earth, living and working in Dublin. If he is a real alien, or just feels like it, I won't reveal, but we start off the story by getting to know why he is an alien, and that his father died when he was 11, presumably trying to make it easier for his son, telling an amazing story. But is the story true, or a life lie? He keeps away from women, because his father told him he needs more than 90 percent compatibility to start having a relationship to a human. Well, thing might be possible, won't it, even for nerds?

Well, does that sound lame? It is, and starts off a funny ride. The film is charming, and interesting, as it gives a certain perspective on human life. It's almost like a family film, and it's a or a romantic comedy. Not a laugh out loud one, but a charmingly funny story which easily will charm you.

The film is well acted, and I like the way it uses conversation and misunderstandings as a driving force. It's like you've heard, that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. It keeps you in the black, and is supposed to. Good film making which gives life to a great idea. The only thing I'm not too fond of is the over use of music. The spacey music is appropriate, but ruins the pleasure a bit for me.

But all in all this is a great watch, and something completely different. Maybe something if a mind bender!? It can be seen as a romantic comedy, it can be seen as a sweet family entertainment, or a smart word bender about communication. It deserves a big audience. Enjoy!


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