thatcow

John Sayles first commercial film

Brother from Another Planet is like many of Sayles films. It is full of commentary and subtlety. Joe Morton plays an alien who falls to earth - NYC to be exact. In one of the opening scenes, we see the Alien making his way on a boat in front of the former twin towers of the World Trade Center. Morton's alien is mute. He is intelligent and picks up on many languages, but cannot communicate accept for a few hand gestures. His great alien power is spent fixing pinball machines. We come to find out that this alien is an escaped slave. Reading graffiti imbued with secret hobo like symbols, the alien finds others like him and avoids capture.

This is not Sayles finest movie, but it is worth seeing.

Interestingly, this movie may be the origin of Men In Black. Sayles plays one of two alien bounty hunters. Uber-cool with slick hair and simple black clothes, they are the prototypes of the new, less thoughtful duo

Was this review helpful to you?

Latest Articles
login to submit an article
SongCatcher
A Film Review
2006-03-10 06:51:39... CheriLacy

The Lazy Moviewatcher's Top... Something of 2004
Despite being busy watching all of 2003's movies at home, this reviewer did actually hit the theater a few times this year
2004-12-30 22:39:13... andrew

2003 Awards Tracker
So many awards, so much recognition - it's amazing how these people don't develop an ego
2004-01-29 21:45:11... andrew

How to set up a cheap home theatre
Constant upgrades and a host of revolving standards make the home theatre market hard to decide when to jump in.
2003-05-27 17:52:42... mastadonfarm


Popular Reviews
submit a review here

Latest Reviews
submit a review here