A movie without car chases, shoot outs, or much action really, that spends 95% of the time set in a living room of a small cottage would seem boring right? Unless it was the movie The Man from Earth. The film is about a professor, John Oldman (David Lee Smith) who has decided it’s time to move on and leave town, giving his friends little notice of his departure. On the night of his move his friends gather at his house for an impromptu going away party.
Unlike his previous moves, John would like to give his colleagues a gift. The gift of knowing who he truly is; a cave man who doesn’t age and is 14,000 years old. Is it some kind of final prank, a plot to a book he’s writing, has he gone crazy or could he be telling the truth? Over the course of the night he’s asked questions about his past, where he lived, who he met, how he’s survived for thousands of years; and the colleagues debate whether he’s being for real or not. The one thing that they can’t debate is that each of them will be profoundly effected, if not changed, by this discussion.
If you are like me and love intellectual and philosophical discussions even if you are proven wrong or don’t understand everything being said, then you’ll love this movie. I think some people may find this movie challenging or angering particularly if you don’t like your beliefs questioned. Overall I found the script very engaging. I don’t think this movie would ever work in a theater setting. I think many people would be like me, wanting to pause the movie to talk about it many times thorough out its run. I watched it alone and it’s driving me nuts that I have no one to talk to about it with.