THese fi­naL HoUrs

Aussies get bar­be­cued

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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.

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