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Earthbound (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 15 March 2013 (Ireland)
Joe is an Alien on Earth. At least that is what his father told him before he died when Joe was eleven. He finds it difficult to adjust, and to find a compatible girl friend.


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Credited cast:
Rafe Spall ... Joe Norman
Jenn Murray ... Maria
Stephen Hogan ... Dr.Richard Webb
David Morrissey ... Bill Norman
Rory Keenan ... Gordon
Aoife Duffin ... Liz
Carrie Crowley ... Vera Ellis
John Lynn John Lynn ... Phil
Milo Pilkington Massey Milo Pilkington Massey ... Young Joe
Ned Dennehy ... Kilson
Peter Vollebregt ... Brett 'Rocky' Calhoun
Robert Bannon ... Jimmy
Jonathan Byrne ... Dave
Fionnuala O'Shea Fionnuala O'Shea ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brennan John Brennan ... Boy in park


Young Joe is an alien living on Earth. At least that's what his father told him before he died when Joe was eleven. His father unsuccessfully wrote sci-fi stories, and Joe loves sci-fi. He has been told that he must not deal with humans, unless they are more than 85 percent compatible with himself. When we meet Joe again, he is 26, and the fantasy keeps him going. But is it a fantasy, or is it real? Joe's life changes radically when he meets a more than 85 percent compatible girl. Can Joe trust himself? Does he know what's real?

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Is Joe really from outer space?...or is he just on another planet?


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Release Date:

15 March 2013 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek z kosmosu See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Performed by Niall Mooney and Donn Lesko
Written by Niall Mooney and Donn Lesko
Published by Elevate Music Limited
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A film that starts off decently then deteriorates quickly into religious propaganda
17 October 2013 | by Doctor_MongooseSee all my reviews

I decided to watch this film on a bit of a whim, partly because I like Rafe Spall. He is the sort of actor that is always the best thing about an otherwise unremarkable production, but this time, despite putting in another good performance, he is held back by a script that seems to have been written by a priest trying to surreptitiously infiltrate a secular drama group in order to brainwash them, before giving up and blackmailing a producer or two that spoke a bit too freely during confession.

The main character called Joe wants to get with a girl called Maria either because he is the last remaining Alien of his species or he is an incredibly delusional human, and keeps looking up to the sky to try and see a bright flashing star. There were no donkeys actually on screen, but the overbearing symbolism treats the audience as if they were the ass.

After a slightly contrived yet sort of charmingly amusing set-up, the film then proceeds to pontificate on whether it is right to break someone's belief system if that system gives them strength to live, regardless of if the system is flawed or not. The answer it tries to sell is a resounding yes, but it fails to approach the issue with any actual balance.

If you want to see a good sci-fi film about an Alien who may or may not be crazy, then watch K-Pax. If this film knocks on your door make sure you slam it shut and put on the chain. Double lock it for good measure.

A waste of your time.

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