The man from earth is not a typical sci-fi film. There is no action whatsoever in this film, the time is now, everyone is just talking and someone claims to be 14.000 years old. Yet this is completely mesmerizing and very exciting.
A group of people finds out that one of them is 14,000 years old. This creates a heated discussion about the nature of the man, how he could have survived from Cro-Magnon to now, what is it that really gives life meaning, etc.? But also: how do you know if this guy is telling the truth? That this concept brings forth such an exciting and compelling film is in fact impossible to explain.
The film is based on the last story ever written by noted sci-fi writer Jerome Bixby. The Man from Earth is sci-fi in premise, but not sci-fi in execution. The film is only concerned with theories, with questions and answers, and the possibilities of those answers being true, and not with the delusions of a creative mind.
In a lot of ways, The Man from Earth is hard to describe. Even for an action junkie like me, who usually finds it easy to shut off the brain in order to enjoy a movie, the premise and follow-through of Schenkmans film is simply irresistible. Jerome Bixby, who was said to have finished the story on his deathbed, has crafted an incredibly fascinating tale of truth, lies, and possibilities. This is science fiction at its best, the kind that challenges and presents new ideas.(BeyondHollywood.com)