Earthling (2012)





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A seemingly ordinary woman is suddenly made aware of her true identity in this thoughtful sci-fi drama from filmmaker Clay Liford. Three astronauts orbiting in space encounter a strange object floating towards them, and when it reaches their ship, it releases a massive pulse of energy that immediately kills two of the men. Back on Earth, the pulse causes a global brownout that has a strange effect on a number of people, one of them Judith (Rebecca Spence), a schoolteacher. Judith has already been going through a difficult patch -- she feels uneasy and can't say why, and she and her husband have been trying to have a baby with no success -- and after the pulse sends her into a seizure, she begins displaying curious symptoms as bits of her skin peel away and lumps grow on hear head. Judith is one of several people who've been reacting in odd ways to the pulse, and in time she finds out why. Judith is part of an alien race that came to Earth generations ago and have so successfully disguised themselves as Earthlings that even they have forgotten their true origin, and now that their true alien nature has been reawakened, they have to decide which world is truly their home. Earthling received its world premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Matt Socia
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Peter Greene
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Chris Doubek
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With Earthling, local filmmaker Clay Liford delivers a pseudoscience-fiction drama short on detail but heavy on brooding atmosphere.

Full Review… | May 19, 2011
Dallas Morning News
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As if a screenwriter worked backward from a fully-formed story, then parceled pieces of it to create viewer intrigue along the way. Unfortunately, doing that requires more exposition than was included in the film.

Jason Graff
Jason Graff

More shoe-gazing, incomprehensible emo crap posing as "thoughtful indie commentary on being and belonging". I'm all for the format and there are some great examples of it out there, and thanks to some great indie streaming sites on the web a lot more of it gets to be seen.Unfortunately this one doesn't make the grade. It is very well cast and the actors turn in believable performances, there just isn't enough substance for them to work with. Even the FX would have been forgivable, if only the story had been stronger

John Wagner
John Wagner

What you'll take home from it: -If you've ever had intestinal worms, you probably also had an alien's spawn. -Extraterrestrials are tourists with an exquisite appetite for human cuisine. -Everyone's family tree/genealogy should be reevaluated by an exterminator. -If you have bad bouts of acne, you should find others like you to find out what planet you are really from.

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