The Movie That Climbed To Earth
TITLE: The Man Who Fell To Earth
GENRE: Near time SciFi
CAST: David Bowie, Cathy Clark, Rip Torn and Buck Henry
PLOT: An alien comes to Earth to get water for his desert-like home world. Some memory flashes indicated his preparation was based on views of Earth life from 100 years ago meaning his planet is nearby, and, he is unprepared for what those years have meant to our society. He parlays his advanced scientific technologies into big bucks which he eventually spends to have a return vessel built. Along the way to that point is the interesting journey he takes of self discovery. Being an alien, he begins as a true individual but as time passes and he is made aware that he won't get back to his family because of the nature of space travel, he becomes a member of this society, and the costs he pays in membership dues are examined.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8.5 of 10; As we follow him through thirty or so years of his development, the other characters also develop (except for the driver who is static until...). The sets are well done. The animations and graphics, where applied, help the story. The cosmetics of Bowie there and here and the aging done on the other characters is exceptional (except for one bit in a liqour store which could have been left on the cutting room floor). The excentricity of the costumes help to impress the difference of his species from ours.
DVD BONUS: None to speak of
ADDED NOTES: A friend reflected that even Bowie will not claim this as one of his better efforts, but I disagree. For the scope of the story being told this film gets most of the important parts done right.