In The Earth

audience Reviews

, 24% Audience Score
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    Don't waste your time. Starts off as a decent story about a researcher and ranger on a routine hiking trip for a project who then get taken captive by a psycho. Everything after this is nonsense, and the two protagonists make extremely unbelievable and foolish choices. This movie had so much promise but the characters seem to have no desire for self preservation, so you don't even care what ends up happening to them. They trust people who obviously shouldn't be trusted, don't run away when they get the chance, don't kill their captor when they get the chance while he's already injured, and stay in the woods way longer than necessary. Why blindly trust these wackos they encounter instead of running home??? Why would they stick around to see what happens the final night??? They should've been long gone!!! Great concept, great acting, but poor story construction - and really no clear conclusion. The trippy psychedelic visuals feel very second-year-of-film-school predictable, and the folklore aspect just feels like an afterthought. The supernatural storyline is just in the background and is never clearly defined - the woods are an organism, a spirit, a being, or what??? Nothing is well strung together it's just a mess. Seems like one character has a major epiphany at the end but the audience is left not knowing or caring what it is.
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    A scientist and a park ranger travel into the woods, where they encounter a bunch of hokum about forest spirits. To make matters worse (other than a few minor medical procedures) the only thing that creates any energy is montages of quick cut images and loud abrupt music. There is promise early on, but once things develop, nothing is suspenseful or even makes sense. Director Ben Wheatley knows how to craft interesting imagery, but that's not nearly enough to make this worth watching.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    The director manages to guide the film in a totally confused and wonderful way, some moments it is possible to feel the trip of the characters, besides that, the tension and agony caused by cinematography and sound is unique
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Very weird and didn’t feel quite complete but worth seeing. Insane sound design made it worth seeing in a theater.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Slow yet complex, visually stimulating and terrifying, and sometimes just plain trippy and nuts. Yep, it's a Ben Wheatley movie. Thankfully it's a return to form and not another Rebecca. Keep it up Mr. Wheatley!
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    This movie is actually really hard to write about because it's really difficult to articulate the complete and utter incompetence on the screen. The characters are morons, and I only felt for Alma even though we knew nothing about her. The EDITING........OH DEAR LORD, THE EDITING. It made me angry to know that someone got paid thousands of dollars to edit this film, and there are lingering shots, misplaced shots, AND EVEN SHOTS FROM THE SAME ANGLE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE REAL CAMERA BUT ON AN iPHONE! This movie really made me angry at how truly NOT FINISHED this movie was.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    It started intriguing as a hostage movie but the second part after they met the lost scientist was too weird for me to enjoy, I got bored. Even though it had good intentions and solid performances it didn't deliver.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Ben Wheatley's distinct gift for telling the kinds of stories that are so far removed from the boilerplate Hollywood formula is on full display in his latest film, "In the Earth." A potent concoction of nightmare fuel: where the known & banal routine of our modern creature comforts are intentionally fractured into a piercing disorientation, before the story and its characters are forced to proceed only upon complete resignation as the first act comes to an abrupt end. Once the chessboard has been topped and everything we think we know about what's going on is long gone, that's when things become "interesting." I find it euphoric, but I'm certain that this is yet another one of Wheatley's films that will only receive two opposing extremes from its viewers: you will love it or you will give it half a star while declaring it's "the worst film ever made." If you find yourself in the latter category, I feel sorry for you & hope that someday you open yourself up to movies that aren't about comic book characters or by-the-numbers dramadies that over saturate every studio and streaming service in the world. No, people won't be walking out of this one thinking, "yeah it's solid, probably a 5 or 6 out of 10." You will either be 100% on board with the uncomfortable and ugly depiction of extreme human behavior in this story, or you will fail to understand what it was even about, making you feel insecure for not understanding everything that happened or even why it was happening, so your instinct will want to protect your ego and inability to admit you don't know for certain what happened or what was real. I implore you to bury that idiotic urge and to just embrace the madness of it all. Movies like this used to be celebrated as iconic milestones in cinematic history: from Dr. Caligari's imprisoned somnambulist, to the monoliths influencing the human race in Kubrick's ambitious masterpiece, "2001: A Space Odyssey." I'm not saying this film is on the same level as those — not at all. But I am saying they are far more similar to what Ben Wheatley's oeuvre offers, and it's a pity that hardly anyone is interested in stepping outside their cinematic comfort zone these days. Turn your stupid phone off, don't even blink, and just let it wash over you. Think about it for a week or so, and then maybe start to form your opinions & thoughts on the film. You'd be surprised how simple it is to just let go & embrace the unknown. Hell, we even have a whole sub genre in Horror dedicated to this one simple idea: Cosmic Horror, (aka "Weird Fiction"), and it's the best kind of Horror out there. So…do you trust yourself to find your way back home? Perhaps bring along a guide, (just in case). I hear Alma is quite good. Cheers.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Just a complete trainwreck of a movie. Save yourself the time and possibly money. This movie never develops and has zero redeeming factors. Left after an hour+ of trying to see if the movie was going somewhere. Save yourself
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    'In the Earth' is an uneven yet trippy and spellbinding psychedelic horror film with a stylized sensory overload.