In The Earth

audience Reviews

, 23% Audience Score
  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • 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.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Just because you're high doesn't mean you can make a movie. Almost had a seizure watching some of the scenes. There's a phrase that perfectly summed up this movie: style over substance. This was pretty much the director got bored in the pandemic, took some drug, then made a random movie with no plot, but to express how high he was. Near the end of the movie, there were a lot of visuals and seizure-inducing flashes that became very annoying. The story was practically nonsense. There's a set up suggesting that there was a pandemic going on in the movie, and there's a stupid folklore about sound and light or something. A horror? Certainly not. I was even remotely scared at all. The overall pace was slow, but since the story was nonsense, this made me bored for a while. If you're high enough you might like this movie. But this style-over-substance stuff is boring and stupid. Definitely not recommend. 2.5/10
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    Slow pace & disjointed start, no idea what is happening. Some opening storytelling would helpful. What kind of movie is this? Tasteless, disjointed... I gonna vomit
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    Horrific movie. Started out with potential, then went downhill fast. Save your money and rent something else worth watching.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    This movie starts nowhere and goes nowhere. Save your money. It is absolutely worthless
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    In the Earth is a strange psychedelic horror film that mostly works. The cast is very solid. Everyone plays their roles very well. Director Ben Wheatley is known to delve into strange horror from films like Kill List and A Field in England. And while this film isn’t as successful as those films, it mostly succeeds. I was a big fan of the unconventional editing and sound design. It kept you on edge and invested. It mostly made up for the lackluster plot. There were some interesting ideas but not all of them panned out. The ending also goes a little overboard in style. It’s interesting yet incomprehensible, making the ending more of a mixed bag. Overall, I really liked this. It definitely has its flaws but for the most part it’s very compelling. If you like this kind of horror and the other Wheatley films I’ve mentioned you’ll probably really enjoy this.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    Boring. Weak ending.