I must admit that this is the movie with best screenplay that I have ever seen so far. I have watch The Man from Earth (2007) several times and every time it leaves me with goosebumps. What’s the big deal? So many other movies are also capable of “goosebumping” us. Well, the big deal is that “The Man from Earth” is a movie that starts, grows and ends within a small house (never mind a few shots of the outside scenery). What’s more, the movie is essentially a discussion among college professors from varied academic fields of biology, theology, anthropology, history, psychology and archeology. Many would say “ha! what a boring gathering —what interesting could they have talked about”… Well, watch the movie and you would know. In my view, it is perhaps one of the best suspense movies.
My regards for the movie begin with its amazing screenplay. The screen playwright Jerome Bixby has done such a brilliant job. I shall not give away the story of the movie —it is for you to find out, if you may watch the movie. The movie is also distinguished because it became recognized mostly via P2P networks (this means its fame spread by the word of mouth). The producers of the movie actually thanked P2P networks for making this movie a hit. Jerome Bixby had begun to think about this movie in 1960s and he completed the screenplay in 1998 —on his death bed. Therefore, it is the final work from Bixby. The performances of David Lee and Tony Todd are good.
Don’t miss watching it. It is full of factual knowledge and theatrical suspense. But be aware that you would need to absorb a lot of information in order to really appreciate this movie. It vaguely resembles 12 Angry Men in finishing most of the shooting within a house.