The Quiet Earth

Friday, June 15, 2007
It's 6:12 a.m. and all is not well in New Zealand.

Zac Hobson wakes up one morning and begins going about his daily routine. Something, though, is not quite right. At first it seems as though the power's gone out. However, as he makes his way into town towards his office, he realizes the problem is a bit bigger than he first suspected. There's not a single person to be found. Everyone seems to have disappeared. There's no trace of anyone...not even a single body. Eventually he meets up with two other survivors, Joanne and Api, and together they try to understand what's happened, why, and how to survive.

That's all I'm going to say about the storyline of The Quiet Earth. If I say much more it's going to give too much away and the story is really quite good. Made in 1985, the general premise of the movie reminded me of Night of the Comet which was released the year before. However, the background to the story and the reason for the catastrophic event in Quiet Earth couldn't be more different. I did find the ending a tad bit strange but it fit with the rest of the movie so I'll let it go. I'll let you decide what you think of it, should you choose to see it (if you haven't already).

As you may have gathered, the cast is limited. There are six people listed in the credits but really only three people star in this film. I didn't like Pete Smith (Api) and I had a hard time determining if it was Alison Routledge that I didn't like or her character, Joanne. The main character, Zac Hobson, was played perfectly though by New Zealand actor Bruno Lawrence.

I have to admit that I had not heard of the movie until a few months ago while searching for disaster movies. I wish that I had been introduced to it sooner. As far as disaster movies go, I enjoyed this one far better than most of the crap Hollywood sticks out there. Armageddon? No thanks - crap. Deep Impact (in my opinion) was pretty good. Volcano? Two words - Anne Heche. 'Nuff said. Night of the Comet was passable, especially given that it was the 80s. Quiet Earth however is one of those films that works well even now, 22 years after it was first released.

If you get a chance, check it out. It's Captain-approved. Just one warning though, there is a number of full-frontal male nude shots so if you're a bit prudish or get squirmish watching naked people, turn away whenever you see a naked male chest.

Next to arrive in the mail? Lost in La Mancha...colour me super excited!


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Wait a second - you are warning us against male frontal nudity? Shouldn't that be a selling point?

I have never even heard of this film, but I am intrigued. I'll have to see if my video store has it.

Wandering Coyote said...

Did you ever see "28 Days Later..." Similar premise, very creepy, though, but did contain one small scene involving male frontal nudity.

SME said...

Hey, a hidden gem! I've never heard of it either, but it sounds decent...I loved Night of the Comet when I was a kid...the shoes full of red dust were funny and spooky at the same time.

Gardenia said...

I will have to see if I can find this movie. I have to go revisit my queue on net flex - I'm getting some odd ones lately that I don't even watch all the way through.

The weather here is so drop-dead gorgeous, I don't start to watch my movies until the day is well done, then I fall asleep - that's probably what's going on.

It's pretty bad when it takes three trys to watch a movie. :)

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