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These Final Hours (2013)

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A self-obsessed young man makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. Their relationship ultimately leads him on the path to redemption.

Director:

Zak Hilditch

Writer:

Zak Hilditch
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica De Gouw ... Zoe
Nathan Phillips ... James
David Field ... Radio Man
Lauren Cleary Lauren Cleary ... Dead Girl on Beach
Matt Lovkis ... Dead Man on Road
Ryan Knight Ryan Knight ... Desperate Dad
Brendan Kalin Brendan Kalin ... Desperate Son
Wendy Burns Wendy Burns ... Religious Woman
Caleb Helm Caleb Helm ... Dead Child on Road
Emily Crew Emily Crew ... Running Woman
Aron Dyer Aron Dyer ... Brawling Man #1
Neil Stewart Neil Stewart ... Brawling Man #2
Peter Docker Peter Docker ... Wild Man
Michael McCall Michael McCall ... Machette Victim
Angourie Rice ... Rose
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Storyline

It's the last day on earth, twelve hours before a cataclysmic event will end life as we know it. James makes his way across a lawless and chaotic city to the party to end all parties. Along the way, he somewhat reluctantly saves the life of a little girl named Rose who is desperately searching for her father. Stuck with the unexpected burden of responsibility, James is forced to come to terms with what really matters in life as the final hours tick away. Written by Roadshow Films

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The end is here. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

As Horas Finais See more »

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Budget:

AUD 2,500,000 (estimated)
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8th In Line,XYZ Films See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The drunk man from whom James steals the taxi is singing the Claremont Tigers' WAFL club song which shares most of the lyrics with the Richmond Tigers' AFL club song. See more »

Goofs

The film gives the impression that the northern suburb of Malaga (the location of the ice rink) and the southern suburb of Willeton (the location of the library) are relatively close together. These suburbs are approximately 25 kilometers apart, and traveling between the two in the fastest way would require driving through the (burning)Perth city center. See more »

Quotes

James: It's gonna hurt a lot, and I don't want to feel it. I don't want to feel a thing.
Zoe: Hey, life is stronger than death, James.
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Crazy Credits

There is no music during the end credits, only a constant low rumble reminiscent of the oncoming fireball. See more »

Soundtracks

Sugar Daddy 'O
(uncredited)
Written & Performed by Werner Tautz
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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Beautiful film with powerful message
8 November 2014 | by alucardvenomSee all my reviews

Not knowing anything about it, I decided to check "These final hours", and I am glad I did.

It's a rather powerful drama about the end of the world. Meteorite had hit North America and firestorm is spreading from there, destroying most of the world. Australia only has few hours left before firestorm finally hits it's territory, destroying entire world completely.

Movie fallows James, a man with troubled past, man filled with loneliness and emptiness in his life. He is accompanied with little girl looking for her dad. What fallows is series of event that eventually lead James on the path of his own redemption and realization of what wrongs he did in his life, but, as time is running out, he races with time (or firestorm) to right the wrongs of his life, or at least some of them.

There could be some theories why he picks up little girl, but it's most likely that his "fatherhood" instinct kicks in after saving little girl Rose, since at the beginning of the movie we find out that his girlfriend is pregnant, and since world will end in just a few hours, Rose ends up being his surrogate daughter.

It should be noted that while movie deals with apocalyptic theme, it also gives a fair amount of hope for viewers as well as it's characters, via character (or rather voice) of radio host who informs people when firestorm is going to hit. It's a nice element, since radio host is basically a narrator of the movie.

Music is terrific and rather beautiful, especially at the end. Great acting from Nathan Phillips, Jessica de Gouw and Angourie Rice.


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