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It's not the end of the world... there's still six hours left.
Various citizens of Toronto anxiously await the end of the world, which is occurring at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day. While widower Patrick Wheeler braces for his fate, he meets Sandra, the wife of a businessman who is intent on committing suicide. Meanwhile, Patrick's friend Craig decides to have as much sex as he can while there is still time.
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…
...and then everyone realized the Mayans were wrong
Don McKellar's debut Last Night works where it works and fails where it fails. Granted it's more hit than miss, but there are moments where the weaknesses are incredibly noticeable. For one, the character development within some stories shown feels nonexistent. There were a few stories being told in the film where I couldn't even find myself to care much for these people because I barely knew whom they were. The comedy also is effective wherever it's present, it helps in contrasting the incredibly dark tone McKellar is creating for the film. Sandra Oh's story is one where I felt engaged, and by the ending, I felt sympathy for what her character was going through. Even with that said, it can't make up for whatever weaknesses that were present within the first and second acts although the good qualities are able to outshine them.
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I'm not sure whether it was expectations backfiring (as they so often do) because of its reputation, or maybe it was the potential of the premise; but somewhere along the way this movie promised a lot more than it actually delivered. Of course, it could quite simply be that I hoped for more Sarah Polley, being a huge fan of hers and all....
An understated low budget and low key take on the end of the world, and it's got quite a few things going for it, quite a few ideas I liked, and so on, but the overall end result sadly wasn't quite all that in my book. One…
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.
Probably one of the most accurate cinematic representations of what people would do on the last day of existence. The ending is surprising moving.
Too often veers into amateurish high concept TV movie territory (the score is particularly awful), and it has about two subplots too many, but the majority of it works, and when it does, it's powerful. By virtue of its premise it made me consider questions no other movie ever has. I started unimpressed, but it crept up on me, and the final minutes had me totally overwhelmed. Almost all of the performances are good to outstanding; only poor David Cronenberg betrays that he's certainly no actor.
I remember catching the end of this movie late night, probably on CTV when they used to play movies all night long. It was enough to make me want to see the whole thing, and now after a lot of years I got around to grabbing a copy from my local library and giving it a watch.
With six hours left until the end of the world we are thrust into the interconnecting lives of a group of people as they deal with the end of the world. It can be funny, as well as sad and very poignant watching them try to find that one final connection, praying for a life after death, or a higher power beyond what…
A strange little indie film about the end of the world, but really about human relationships, dreams, and desires. The film takes place on the world’s final day (it’s never explained what will be destroying us, but remember, that’s not really what it’s about). The world seems to have fallen into two camps: those who are embracing the end with civility and those who have resorted to anarchy. We follow a handful of disparate characters who fall into the former camp (the anarchy is more of a backdrop that the filmmakers do their best to illustrate with their indie budget) and will eventually interconnect in different ways.
The film has trouble finding the balance between its tones of absurdist comedy…
(6/10 is "Good")
The characters in this film are so incredibly human, that just to see them walk through the last day on earth is captivating enough - no overarching plot is necessary.
So I have a very little bit of (uninteresting) history with my challenge movie, 1998's Last Night. I was first starting to become aware of film festivals around that time (my last year of high school), and this played at the St. Louis International Film Festival. I thought it sounded interesting, about people who know the world is ending that night, and figured I'd try to go. But when I told some friends about it, they were like, you know that's just gonna be everybody trying to have sex before the end of the world. I would've probably gone to the festival with, like, my mom, so I was like OH GOD NO and decided to see something else instead,…
The premise and the execution of the movie was great- the weirdness of it was so right on. I mean, what would you do- what could you do!?- if the entire world was ending?
You could try to just do what you have always done, like the gas and power man who spends the entire day thanking his customers and assuring them the power would stay on until the end. Or you could do what you've always wished you could, like the guy who spends his last day exhausting himself with a bucket list of sexual fantasies.
I love the unexplained nature of the calamity and the type of mass despair hidden behind the ongoing street parties. The drunken sex...…
Dying waiting for the end of the world is worse than the end of the world. :(
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Interesting idea and plots, completely hindered by poor direction, small budget and awful acting, which is a shame because the source material deserved better.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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