For March 20th- The Brother From Another Planet

Now with a title like The Brother From Another Planet, this is a difficult movie to ignore at first glance.  There are many things brought to mind with a title and premise such as this one, so I was interested to see if any of them would pan out.  Would the comedy be aimed at a more “urban” demographic, or to film nerds with an ironic sense of humor?  What would the production values be for something using sci-fi?  What the heck was the plot about?  All of these questions were answered in quick succession within the first few scenes, at a distinguishably slower pace.

The answers, respectively, are: surprisingly vanilla, low rent, and slave runs away from owners and seeks shelter with loving humans.

Story/Writing: 1/2

A good idea that lands right initially, but gets a little lost along the way.  It tries to be a tale all about inner-city morality, good versus evil, and the adventures of a naive young outsider all at once.

Acting: 2/2

All the characters are varied and colorful, showing the vibrancy of Harlem in 1980’s New York.  I was admittedly a little surprised at how fast they accepted the outsider into their lives.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

The sets are realistic, with much if being filmed on location.  Other than one or two confusing shots, the overall presentation is solid.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Pretty good, but a little strange and/or low rent at times.  I understand that the focus is supposed to mostly be on the characterization of the players, but noticeably bad effects can draw attention away from that.

Misc: 1.5/2

Fairly well put together, the characters really feel like they are a part of the presented settings.


Good if you like independent films or low-rent sci-fi.

About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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