Thursday, April 21, 2011

Last Night

Netflix sez...
1998 R 94 minutes
What do you do when you have six hours to live? Last Night chronicles a small group of people whose lives intersect as a nameless apocalypse descends on them, which director Don McKellar handles with grace and solemn dignity. A woman (Sandra Oh) tries to locate her husband to fulfill a suicide pact, while a young man (Callum Keith Rennie) has a rendezvous with a former high school teacher.

The 73rd Virgin sez...
On the last night on Earth in a large city a whole lot of people who already know each other but haven't seen each other in a while inadvertently run into each other just in time to keep the plot moving. Then they do obvious things. I think a high school drama club could come up with better bunch of apocalypse ruffians - and script. Also, the first movie I've seen in a while in which I kinda wanted to punch the leading man. Not only his character but also his acting is profoundly annoying. But then, he's the director, too so he must have known what he was doing. The slow pan across all the little kids' drawings is pretty effective. Sandra Oh is good. Otherwise this is kind of artless - I wouldn't call it solemn or graceful or dignified. See "Miracle Mile" instead. You'll care a lot more about those people. 2 stars out of 5.

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