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Apocalypse, CA (2011)

Wry, cynical and full of off-beat humor, 'Apocalypse, CA' is the story of friends as they prepare for certain death at the hands of a massive asteroid, sex-inducing drugs, a three-hundred foot giant, and a horde of other absurd problems.

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Chad Peter

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Chad Peter
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Credited cast:
Nick Mathis ... John
Erin Bodine ... Jacklyn
Anne McDaniels ... Renee
Alexander Cardinale ... Hank
Elizabeth Sandy ... Sassy Boots
Sarah Smick ... Cammy
Ryan Jordan Ryan Jordan ... Jim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chad Anderson Chad Anderson ... Pest Kid #1
Anastasia Baranova ... Giant Interviewee 2
Kristina Lynn Bell Kristina Lynn Bell ... News Reporter
Courtney Bennet Courtney Bennet ... News Commentator
Eric Branco ... Mike
Daphna Cardinale ... Pole-Smoking Girl
Teague Chrystie Teague Chrystie ... Red-haired Beach Party Dude
Hunter Crane Hunter Crane ... Pest Kid #3
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Wry, cynical and full of off-beat humor, 'Apocalypse, CA' is the story of friends as they prepare for certain death at the hands of a massive asteroid, sex-inducing drugs, a three-hundred foot giant, and a horde of other absurd problems.

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Life's just an asteroid away. See more »


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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Apocalypse, California See more »

Filming Locations:

Djibouti See more »

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SDNP Films See more »
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1.78 : 1
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"Apocalypse, CA" was shot over the course of just over a year, in three distinct chunks, beginning in June 2007, continuing in April 2008, and finishing in September 2008. The movie had 65 total days of filming. See more »

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Eric Branco is credited as "Key Graffer", a term coined to more correctly define his job as a mix of many on the project. "Key Graffer" comes from both Key Grip and Gaffer, and should be defined as someone in charge of both lighting and Grip duties when no other Grips or crew-members are present. The term "Key Graffer" was coined on the streets of New York City by Eric Branco and his filmmaker friends. See more »

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References Sex (2000) See more »

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I wanted to like this movie, but in the end I only admired it.
24 January 2012 | by onelegobuilderSee all my reviews

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"Apocalypse, CA" is not a bad film, it's actually quite good, but it's only good on your first viewing. Once you've seen it and you know all the surprises, you're likely to grow less enthusiastic on subsequent viewings.

The plot of the film is very interesting. If you combine "Deep Impact" with "Freaky Friday," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Cloverfield" (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), and a small nod to "Attack of the 50 ft Woman," you have "Apocalypse, CA." There are five days left to the end of the world, where a massive asteroid will strike the earth. There is a small group of twenty or thirty-somethings trying to gain their last pleasures out of life before they die--with sex and drugs. Apparently when it's five days till doomsday people will completely forget that bomb shelters exist.

The biggest hurtle for me to get over is the main characters aren't very likable. They do change and develop over the course of the film, mind you, but for some the damage may already be done.

There is a subplot revolving around a 300 foot woman on a rampage in downtown Las Angeles. She has no dialogue and we never see her face. She isn't on screen for very long, which is unfortunate, because I wanted the filmmakers to expand her screen time and show us firsthand what she's going through. It would have been fascinating and maybe even poignant if they went in that direction. I guess the director Chad Peter wanted it a mystery till the end of the film, but with a cast of characters this small you can easily predict who the giantess is.

I must say the visual effects while sparse are very impressive, even by indie film standards. They feel three-dimensional and they stay consistent throughout. The effect for blowing up that woman to 300 feet tall is particularly good.

I have mixed feelings about the ending. Without spoiling it there is another surprise out of left field. Chad Peter does give us a tiny element of foreshadowing, but it's told in passive conversation that you'd think it was irrelevant the first time around. You'll have to make up your mind for yourself. Overall a decent film for a first time director.


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