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this movie makes you think of all the things you would urge to do in your last night on earth. first time i saw it, i thought of some, then i went along and did them! and just realized you dont have to wait for the end to be bold enough to satisfy your needs.
Just saw this movie last night (no pun intended) and it's still on my
mind... but the problem with this movie is that it's hard to pay 100%
attention because you'll also be wondering what you would want to do if
knew the world was going to end in less than six hours. (Trust me, the
movie will end long before you come up with an answer. I still haven't.)
Once you've moved past that, however, you'll be fully engaged with all the characters and their decisions and actions, and how they interact in the face of this destiny - still being human beings, after all, some things surprisingly don't change, but some do.
This movie is not for the faint of heart and I mean that in a fully philosophical way. Without revealing anything, and probably not for the reason one might think, the ending made me bawl like a baby.
This movie employs quite a few Egoyan regulars, including McKellar, the writer/director who, also co-wrote The Red Violin - another marvelous film.
Maybe it was the high average rating this film had that led me to have
overly high expectations, but for the most part, I found this film to be
boring. The performances of Don McKellar and Sandra Oh (excellent in
"Double Happiness") were good, but they weren't enough to hold up this
The ending scene, however, was the high point of this film and was touching and dramatic, as the two leads ready themselves for the end of life and the end of the world.
5 out of 10
When you have only 6 hours left to live it is difficult to choose the last seconds of your life. A dinner with your family could be like "The last supper", and could seem pretty ordinary but perhaps more genuine than trying to collect all your unachieved perversions through a sexual marathon. McKellar film gives you several questions and some of them are answered some not. Certainly the reflection is mandatory. Loneliness is a common feeling but also the explosion of urban violence reflects the deepest part of our unconscious and, at the end, life values are completely mixed up, there is no property anymore and a strange misty atmosphere of a street parade and party blow up in the screen. A lady running announcing the countdown is the leitmotiv of the film. But it is really the end of the world or just the last "millennium party". Rating: 7
Sort of La Grande Bouffe for the common man: if you know you are going to die, and that everyone is going to die, what would you choose as your last rite and with whom would you choose to share it? Traditional Christmas dinner with the family? A suicide pact so you can choose your own means of demise? Sex with everyone and in every conceivable way you've ever imagined? How about just sex for the first time in your life? The premise never seemed too convincing, the rage against the dying of the light a little restrained compared to what might really happen. But the idea is ingenious and thought provoking, the laughs on the edge of the abyss very hearty in an adult way. Whistling past the graveyard.
Don McKellar's "Last Night" is a masterpeice of Canadian cinema. It's a
doomsday film with no grandios displays of special effects and no risky
attempts to save the world or evacuate the planet. The accepted facts are
the world is ending, everyone is going to die, and no one can do anything
about it. The reason that the world is ending is not revealed, because it
isn't important. What is important is the way people react to
Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, David Cronenberg, and pretty much every one else in the film are magnificant. The characters are believable and they make the story believable.
I give this movie a well deserved 10.
Year in and year out, Hollywood executives insist on churning out big-budget, mind numbingly stupid drivel. Last Night, Canadian wonderboy Don McKellar's directorial debut, can be seen as a lesson to said Hollywood executives on how to make a modestly budgeted, complexingly simple and thoroughly entertaining movie. Every aspect of this movie, from its writing to its cinematography and its acting is flawless. It's got humour and sadness, hope and despair. And check out the "who's who" list of Canadian actors it employs. Not one role shows any false notes. Watch out for Callum Keith Rennie, he is fantastic. Forget Armageddon, forget Deep Impact, forget any other "the end of the world is approaching" flicks. This is the one for keeps.
If you want to know what happens when you take Hollywood out of the movie
making process then check out a film like Don McKellar's Last Night. A
Canadian effort, this film about armageddon contains no aliens, no atomic
missiles, no blood, no guts and no multi million dollar action hero. Not
that there is anything wrong with anything mentioned above, but sometimes
its nice to see a film that still has the original vision well in
Last Night takes place in Toronto and the story opens up six hours before the end of the world. We are not privy to why the world is ending, and it seems that nobody is really doing anything about it. An art film every step of the way, the purpose here is to explore what people might choose to do with their last remaining moments on earth.
Not known to the rest of the world, but huge stars within Canada's film community, Don McKellar and Sandra Oh headline the cast. Other Canadian luminaries such as Sarah Polley, David Cronenberg and Genvieve Bujold come in and out of the plot as well.
Almost like an Altman film, Last Night is a stitching together of people and their stories. One man is using the internet to find last minute sex partners. A woman is looking for her husband who has suddenly disappeared. A mother clings to her young daughter, blocking out the horror that is going on around her.
Last Night flows nicely with dialogue that is thought provoking and intelligent. Certainly not for all tastes, as I fear some will find it hard to get beyond the initial premise, this is a film best left to those who like their movies to have some edge.
Good characters helped to make this a watchable film. The pacing was slow, but I didn't find myself checking the clock. It's an interesting study of how people make peace with themselves and sometimes with each other at zero-hour. It's better if you don't mind never quite knowing why the world is ending. And I always enjoy Cronenberg, whether he's behind or (in this case) before the camera. Give it a try.
Saw this on pay-per-view yesterday, and what a treat it was. Nice to see an
intelligent adult film that doesn't want to explain away everything, but
instead concentrate on the human elements.
One of the best films of recent years, and like a good wine, one to savour on repeat tastings as the years go by.
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