The Quiet Earth (1985)
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Critic Reviews for The Quiet Earth
It has the usual huggermugger about tremors and grids and the sun acting peculiarly, plenty of computer screens and significant beeps...
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.
It's refreshingly free of the Hollywood gloss which has bedevilled recent entries into the genre; it's gritty, almost matter-of-fact and rooted four-square in a believable and uncomfortable world brilliantly realised.
For those of you who can handle the cerebral drama that marks some of the best sci-fi, The Quiet Earth is for you.
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.
Surprisingly engaging and philosophical. One of science fiction's hidden gems.
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.
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