THese finaL HoUrs
Aussies get barbecued
released OUT NOW! 2013 | 15 | dVd Director Zak Hilditch Cast Nathan Phillips, angourie rice, Jessica de Gouw, Kathryn Beck
We’ve had a fair crop of countdown-to-apocalypse films in recent years, with the likes of Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, Abel Ferrara’s 4.44: Last Day On Earth and Steve Carell romcom Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. These Final Hours sees Australia getting in on the act, as the firestorm from a meteor strike sweeps across the globe.
To begin with, as the musclebound, sweaty-vested James (Nathan Phillips) fends off a machete-wielding maniac en route to an end of the world orgy/ drugfest, it looks like we’re all set for action-packed, testosteronedrenched Ozploitation. However, saving a young girl called Rose (Angourie Rice) from abductors soon cracks the walls of James’s macho denial, forcing him to question whether that’s really where he wants to be.
Don’t expect philosophical lightning bolts – the characters are far too no-nonsense for that. Even the radio voice who acts as a chorus has nothing of note to say. The developing relationship between James and Rose is the main draw, and though that central arc is as predictable as you’d expect, strong performances from the pair ensure it has considerable sweetness and sadness; as their bond deepens, so does the film’s appeal.
Extras Just a gallery. Ian Berriman
Writer/director Zak Hilditch is working on a TV series version for Fox, which will relocate events to San Francisco.
Seconds later PacMan ate them all.