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The directing duo behind the underrated Carriers, Alex and David Pastor, return for yet another slice of post-apocalyptic horror with The Last Days, which sees a mysterious epidemic known as The Panic spread across the planet – essentially extreme agoraphobia, this new-found irrational fear of open spaces leads to instant death and soon the world’s population remains trapped inside buildings afraid to move. As Barcelona descends into chaos Marc embarks on a citywide quest to search for his pregnant girlfriend Julia without setting foot outside. Teaming up with his hated boss Enrique who was just about to fire him, this means travelling via sewer, subway line, cellars and basements, avoiding opportunistic feral gangs, armed only with a failing Gps device and lots of ingenuity.
Despite differing wildly in subject matter, The Last Days »
- Phil Wheat
Lately we've seen cinematic apocalypses from a wide array of intelligent people: the Spanish import The Returned dealt with zombies in a low-key and tragic fashion; Soderbergh's Contagion went with the biological angle; Alfonso Cuaron imagined a newly sterile world in Children of Men; and you can probably guess what happens to half the world in Fernando Meirelles' underrated Blindness from a few years back.
Feel free to add another very interesting Spanish import to the "erudite apocalypse" sub-genre: David and Alex Pastor's The Last Days poses an odd question: what if people started to simply fear the outdoors? "Fear" is putting it lightly. The Last Days blows way past simple agoraphobia; this is more like a virus that strikes if you go outside, and it simply fries your brain. The epidemic starts casually enough: a few bizarre deaths hit the news, and then our hero notices that »
- Scott Weinberg
2 items from 2014
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