13 October 2014

THESE FINAL HOURS [/Slash Filmfestival 2014]


Australia, 2013
Director: Zak Hilditch


During the hey-days of Ozploitation (1970s & 80s), many Australia filmmakers focused on creating movies about dystopian, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic futures, for example the "Mad Max" trilogy or films like "The Chain Reaction (1980)", "Dead End Drive-In (1986)" or "Hard Knuckle" (1987).
With his newest film "These Final Hours", young filmmaker Zak Hilditch tries to revive this end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it era, not in a wild and over-the-top way, but in a surprisingly calm and emotional way, set 12 hours before a 'tsunami of fire' (caused by the impact of meteors) destroys the entire world...

The movie's tone reminded me a lot of the still extremely underrated "Carriers".
There's lots of unbelievably amazingly filmed landscapes and areas in and around Perth, many great performances by cool actors like Nathan Phillips ("Wolf Creek") or Sarah Snook ("Sleeping Beauty") and a few highly thrilling scenes at the biggest, best and very last rave-party (Russian roulette, Psychotic Ecstasy-addicted bitch...).

Nevertheless, "These Final Hours" ends up as rather disappointing, due to the awkward pacing which is way too slow and way too dull, the bland screenplay, a few unnecessary and pretty pointless moments of uber-violence, boring, lackluster cardboard characters and an ending that is visually striking, but feels rushed and even a bit annoying. I suggest to watch "Carriers" instead.

1 comment:

  1. It is a pretty irresistible idea - what do you do waiting for the world to end - but this one seems pretty skippable.


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