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Writer/director/actor Don McKellar's take on the always intriguing "end of the world" concept is a thoughtful, engaging effort that uses dialogue instead of action to discuss this premise intellectually. The inhabitants of a Canadian city quietly accept the news that the world is going to end at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, 2000.
As I was drifting off to sleep last night, I happened to start pondering a catastrophic solar event where the sun just blips out of existence (a scientific impossibility, I know; but it was late, and minds wander). What would happen to society if they knew they only had a few hours, or a few minutes before the Earth was destroyed? How quickly, how ferociously, how widespread, would rioting and wanton destruction occur? What would I do? Who would I see? I quickly realized that I was panicking myself back awake, so I bargained with my brain that by giving Don McKellar's Last Night another watch in the morning, it would stop worrying about the apocalypse and let me get…
I'm not entirely sure what to think about this movie. I get why people would love it, but I'm not quite there yet. Need to think on it some more and I'll get back to you LetterBoxd community.
Nice premise, somewhat good performances and okay moments. Feels like a TV movie with half-developed characters coming to terms with the end of the world. I couldn't help but think what I would do in this situation but as soon as the film ended, I already forgot all about it.
Last Night tells the story about a group of people on the last night before the apocalypse. Interestingly enough Don McKellar never gets weighed down with trying to explain the cause of the apocalypse, and really he doesn't need to. This is a film about people and the apocalypse is merely a plot device for that. All of the characters that are focuses on are rather serene and collected despite the circumstances as they try to plan out that final moment as something meaningful, but there is always an undercurrent of desperation and finality in their actions and conversations. In stark contrast is the outside world where we see roves of gangs of young people acting violently in what already…
This simple, thoughtful, ensemble film is one of my favorites because it seems to be more concerned with what happens if your world ends just short of the apocalypse. It features a powerful ending that has stayed with me for 15 years.
This truly deserves its place near the top of the tragically short list of great home-grown Canadian films. Sometimes it seems like the only thing Canadians know how to make is a high-concept ensemble dramas. It's a perfectly Canadian thing to do: Pick an easy, one-line hook to hang the film on, and then fill it with all the great local actors you can find (you know for damn sure they're available) turning the set into a democratic melting pot where everyone gets their turn to shine. That's the theory, anyway. I've seen these films sink (This Beautiful City) and swim (The Red Violin) but I don't think I've ever seen the form utilized with this much mastery before. The…
A contemplative, and very Canadian, take on the Apocalypse. McKellar solid on camera, and behind.
I LOVE TORONTO AND I LOVE STREETCARS!
Just needed to get that off my chest.
This movie was interesting, not too bad, kinda dated now but I liked it.
I enjoyed Seeking a Friend for the End of the World from a few years back and those who hated it never failed to mention the fact that it was a ripoff, a lesser version of Last Night. And while the films are very similar, and I liked them both, I still may give the edge to Seeking… simply for Keira Knightley's bubbly, playful performance, which seems to be a rarity in her career.
The first of a dozen Canadian films that I plan on watching over the next few days.
Last Night is an well written black comedy that follows the last few hours of a handful of people facing up to the end of the world.
Deserves a rating of 8/10 just for the performance of Callum Keith Rennie and his sex list.
There's also, a rare outing for David Cronenberg.
Lovely little apocalypse film
Having only known Don McKellar as the super-pretentious theatrical director Darren Nichols on Slings and Arrows, I was pleased to see how unpretentious and small-scale his debut feature is. You'll never see a quieter, more intimate film about the end of the world. In some ways, it feels almost like an adaptation of a play, with its careful attention to dialogue and character, its episodic nature, and its lack of spectacle. None of these are bad things, and of course the film does things that a play can't exactly do, like cutting across multiple stories, as well. The way he evokes the end times, and how people might behave and cope with an inescapable, foreseen doom, are commendable. We see…
Unintentional late 90s period piece with plenty of 'Actors Acting Like They're Acting' (or AALTA). A 4:3 format Canadian production that fails to impress.
Seeking A Friend took some ideas from this film. This film shows that when the world ends, it will be sad and slow and not a WWW3 thing. Everything in this film is good with how it feels rather than how it looks. I imagine their would be a lot more anarchy than what is actually in this film but then again it is actually 2014 now rather than 98 when this film was made.
Part of 30 Days, 30 Countries, 30 Films
I must confess that I have previously seen the first half hour or so of Last Night, so it doesn't totally fit the definition of "no rewatches." (I saw Videodrome the other day, so if you're really hung up on that for some inexplicable reason, that can be my Canadian film.) Still, it was one of the first movies I had in mind when I came up with this project, since I remembered that first half hour was really good, and it was wedded to a premise that I found fascinating.
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