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Last Night (1998)
A different take on the end of the world
There's a very good reason why it's still light at midnight...it involves the sun & the reason why it's known that the world will end at midnight. I'm actually quite surprised that some hadn't figured it out...while it's never exactly spelled out flatly in the movie, it's fairly easy to deduce what's going on.
This film is quite unique in its depiction of the end of the world. Instead of the usual portrayal of panic, mass-hysteria, denial and what-not, we have pretty much an acceptance of what is to come, and efforts to tie up loose ends and just a searching for the best way to meet our maker. One guy has a sexual 'to-do' list, including just about every type of partner & format imaginable. The main character, Patrick, just wants to be alone. His solitude is continually interrupted by Sandra, who is just frantically to get home to her husband, but getting stopped at every turn.
Last Night isn't really about the individual people's stories; rather it's about how the different people feel towards the situation they find themselves in. How are we expected to react to the end of the world? If we've known it to be coming for 6 months and there's nothing we can do about it, chances are the screaming has stopped and the acceptance has set in. If you are looking for explosions, special effects & Armageddon, watch Armageddon, this is a more cerebral film. No explosions or anything, but it can make you think, if you let it. Last Night has heavy rotation on IFC (Independent Film Channel), keep an eye out & draw your own conclusion.