The Quiet Earth (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Quiet Earth (1985)




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In a tour-de-force sci-fi story with only three main characters, Kiwi director Geoffrey Murphy creates an interesting dynamic nuanced with shades of mysticism. When scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) experiments with a radical new power source -- a band of energy that would circle the planet -- the project goes awry and apparently wipes out all living creatures (they vanish without a trace). At first Zac adjusts by indulging himself in some of his materialistic desires, but he soon starts a serious search for other signs of human life. He discovers it in New Zealand in the form of Joanne (Alison Routledge), with whom he falls in love, and Api (Peter Smith), a Maori. The challenges the three face in order to survive, as well as their personal interactions, keep this human drama engrossing. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Quiet Earth

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

[A] strange, vivid movie.

September 29, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It has the usual huggermugger about tremors and grids and the sun acting peculiarly, plenty of computer screens and significant beeps...

August 30, 2004 | Full Review…

Lawrence is compelling, and as a balding, middle-aged man is a refreshing lead for a movie that, if made in Hollywood now, would star Will Smith, Tom Cruise, or whoever the hot, young, brooding leading man of the hour happens to be.

November 26, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Murphy ensures that the film is laced with a very singular brand of Kiwi humour.

October 31, 2018 | Full Review…

One could never repeat an effort like The Quiet Earth; it stands alone in a universe that seems to be itself completely an original.

August 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The awe-inspiring final image in the film (of another daybreak, echoing the film's opening) is similarly slippery, catching Zac on a liminal, limbic shoreline between multiverse cosmology and hard eschatology.

June 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Quiet Earth

A remake of 1959's The World The Flesh And The Devil, but set in New Zealand. The opening is good (one man facing the possibility of being the last man on earth), but the essential dramatic qualifying dilemma (2 guys at the end of the world ... and only one woman - it's movie gold!) is inexplicably downplayed which very nearly guts the thing. Still, some interesting moments, though it's better to see the original.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Surprisingly engaging and philosophical. One of science fiction's hidden gems.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

This is one of those post-apocalypse movies. It's kind of slow, but atmospheric and weird, in a good way. I really enjoyed it.

Aj V
Aj V

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