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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.
Ποιο τραγούδι θα διαλέγατε για το τέλος του κόσμου; Σε αντίθεση με το γνωστό μουσικόφιλο ερώτημα περί ενός δίσκου που θα παίζει ατέρμονα στο ερημικό νησί, η επιλογή soundtrack για την εκπνοή του πλανήτη φαντάζει πιο δραματικό ερώτημα. Κι όμως, το 1998, ο Don McKellar το ξεπέρασε με μοναδική απλότητα.
Τοποθετώντας την αρχή της πρώτης του ταινίας 6 ώρες πριν από τα μεσάνυχτα της ημέρας που θα καταστραφεί ο κόσμος, ο Καναδός σκηνοθέτης (ο οποίος συμμετείχε και σαν ηθοποιός στο Exotica που συναντήσαμε στην πρώτη εκπομπή) παρουσιάζει τους διαφορετικούς τρόπους που επιλέγουν οι ήρωές του για να περάσουν τις τελευταίες τους στιγμές. Οι επιλογές δεν παρουσιάζουν καμία πρωτοτυπία: σεξ, φαγητό, θρησκεία, αναρχία, πάρτι, τέχνη και μοναξιά. Στο κάτω-κάτω, η ανθρωπότητα…
With the world ending soon we follow some characters during their last hours...
The concept of observing people in that scenario is always a winner as every action has to be regarded in a thet very special context and makes the viewer constantly reflect on his own life and puts him in the what-would-I-do situation.
Not as good as THESE FINAL HOURS or MIRACLE MILE this movie is pretty tame in its depiction of how humanity copes with being doomed. It focuses on a few characters who already have chosen their way of spending their last hours which doesn't let much room for character development.
The concept is still strong enough to make this movie worth a watch and David Cronenberg gives a lovely performance as a very dedicated gas company exec.
Make or Break Scene: The final shot.
MVT: The concept.
Score: 6/ 10
Canadian actor/writer Don McKellar stars in his feature film directorial debut. The world is ending in 6 hours. McKellar is determined to spend his last night alone, but he encounters Sandra Oh who is trying to get home to her husband, but can't. His sister, Sarah Polley, is spending her last night celebrating in the streets with her boyfriend. His friend, Callum Keith Rennie, is trying to have as many final sexual experiences as he can, including one with his former teacher, Genvieve Bujold. A gas company employee, David Cronenberg, is calling all their customers to let them know that service will continue until the end. The film quite wisely gives no information as to why the Earth is ending…
Don McKellar's apocalyptic dark comedy about a group of Torontonians coping with their last night on earth. Highlights include a great cast of Canadian character actors, an intelligent, humorous, script and a surprisingly touching finale.
Piccolo film indipendente canadese (con Sarah Polley giovanissima e David Cronenberg fra gli altri...) sulla fine del mondo.
Le ultime ore del pianeta viste nella prospettiva di un gruppo di personaggi che la affrontano chi gettandosi nel sesso compulsivo, chi organizzando un elaborato suicidio, chi stando da solo.
Da Melancholia di Von Trier in giù, il cinema ha spesso e volentieri affrontato il tema delle ultime ore del pianeta, con esiti altalenanti,
in questo caso lo scopo sembra raggiunto, e una sottile malinconia innerva delicatamente il tutto.
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…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…