The Quiet Earth Reviews
Bruno Lawrence's performance is outstanding. While being alone on the screen for nearly 40 minutes, he easily manages to hold your attention.
This is a true Sci-Fi classic.
Zac is a scientist who wakes up one morning to discover that he is alone in the world. Initially he is stoked about this and does the kind of things that a lot of us would do. This includes driving a car through a mall like in The Blues Brothers, dressing in woman's underwear, drinking champagne for breakfast and moving into a penthouse suite. Admittedly the second example is an acquired taste but don't knock it till you try it is what I say!!! He goes to work and realises that what he has been working on may have been a contributory factor to what has happened.
He then starts to go a little bit mad in the head in his own company. He declares himself president of the quiet earth and gives a speech to assembled cardboard audience which included Bob Marley, The Pope, Elvis, Adolf Hitler and The Queen. He then later has a moment of clarity and does some experiments where he deduces that the very fabric of the universe has fundamentally changed. He predicts another occurrence is likely.
Another part of human nature that is explored in this is our inner built desire to be social. What happens if we are denied this interaction, the politics involved in sexual attraction and how we can become wildly protective of this in the same way that you see on nature programs observing a pride of lions, herd of wildebeest or a gathering of chest beating primates down your local discothèque all presumably competing for the female that is wearing the least and showing the most. I assume that such matters are normally settled with a game of Hungry Hippos, conkers or possibly a round of Jägerbombs. How basic reason and sensibleness (made up word) might be disregarded the moment a bit of totty enters the equation and the testosterone levels rise.
An intriguing film done on a small budget back in the 80s and I liked how it achieved the sense of isolation. I also love films with open endings and The Quiet Earth doesn't disappoint in the regard.
"The Quiet Earth" was nominated for eight New Zealand Film and TV Awards and ended up winning in all eight categories. This science fiction post-apocalyptic film is loosely based on the 1981 science fiction novel of the same name by Craig Harrison. Its other sources of inspiration have been listed as the 1954 novel I Am Legend, Dawn of the Dead, and especially the 1959 film The World, the Flesh and the Devil, of which it has been called an unofficial remake. I reckon back in 1985 this was clearly an intriguing and a different sci-fi production earning it´s awards and attention due to that. As many other movies "The Quiet Earth" has been on my to see list since then, but I should´ve seen it in 1985 and not 2015 as I personally think that "The Quiet Earth" is a bit too slowpaced, a bit boring, uneven and never that exciting to be honest. There´s a story, but the execution is not fully satisfying in my book. But, I will always promote and push for productions from my beloved Australia and New Zealand. So, if you are a sci-fi lover have a look and create your own opinion if you haven´t seen it.
Still, some interesting moments, though it's better to see the original.
I was actually able to relate to the first 30 mins of the movie where in Bruno Lawrence after coming to terms with the fact that he is the only person alive in the world actually starts having a very good time by consummating all his desires before finally going bonkers. The correlation was so adept and I certainly would have done the same.
Unfortunately, the film has no forward motion and even though there are plenty of ideas and theories tossed around, it never really goes anywhere. It's more scientific and cerebral than I like my science fiction movies to be, and I quickly lost interest and was unable to determine what was going on at any given moment. There came a point where I just stopped caring.
It's a film that fails to give the audience much explanation for anything that transpires, including the baffling conclusion, but there will always be people who will find deep meaning in all of this They will debate it for hours and write pages and pages in blogs on the Internet. I will not be one of these people. Other than spunky Alison Routledge, the cast is as dull as the rest of the picture. Bruno Lawrence convinces as a scientist and fellow deep thinker, but he has zero charisma and simply cannot sustain a feature film, especially one as thoughtful and lacking in action as this one.
There is clearly a small audience for movies such as this, and I may never fully understand why. I need things to be a little more concrete than "The Quiet Earth", and I find explanations to be helpful. I shouldn't have to think this hard to enjoy a movie.