HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Cicada
Sun Shines Bright, The
Last Thing Mary Saw, The
Comets
Herself
Mon Oncle d'Amerique
Wild Strawberries
Runner, The
Don't Look Up
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Eternals
Forever Purge, The
Memoria
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Legend of La Llorona, The
Japon
Glasshouse
Perdita Durango
Commando, The
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
Boiling Point
Malignant
Deadly Games
Ailey
Voyeurs, The
Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes
In the Earth
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Hotel Poseidon
Zola
No Time to Die
Klaus
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Candyman
Power of the Dog, The
StageFright
Voyage of Time: An IMAX Documentary
Suicide Squad, The
One Night in Miami...
Old
   
 
Newest Articles
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
Yeah, Too Quiet: The Great Silence on Blu-ray
Vestron Double Bill: Dementia 13 and The Wraith
Farewell Dean Stockwell: His Years of Weirdness
Kung Fu Craft: Cinematic Vengeance! on Blu-ray
999 Letsbe Avenue: Gideon's Way on Blu-ray
Hungary for Cartoons: Hungarian Animations on MUBI
You Have No Choice: Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Blu-ray
You Can't Tame What's Meant to Be Wild: The Howling on Blu-ray
Commendably Brief: Short Sharp Shocks Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Super Silents: Early Universal Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Fable Fear: The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray
Gunsight Eyes: The Sabata Trilogy on Blu-ray
Bloody Bastard Baby: The Monster/I Don't Want to Be Born on Blu-ray
Night of the Animated Dead: Director Jason Axinn Interview
The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt - Interview with Director/Star Ian Boldsworth
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
   
 
  4:44 Last Day on Earth Counting The Hours
Year: 2011
Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne, Anita Pallenberg, Dierdra McDowell, Paul Hipp, Paz de la Huerta, Trung Nguyen, Triana Jackson, Pat Kiernan, José Solano, Francis Kuipers
Genre: Drama, Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Not long to go until the end of life on Earth as we know it, and it was all because we failed to heed the warnings of the scientists and environmental commentators who told us in no uncertain terms that if we continued behaving the way we did we would destroy the planet's ecosystem, thus spelling our extinction. And so that has come to pass, and in a few short hours the ozone layer will burn off, then the atmosphere will turn toxic, killing everyone and everything that is alive. With nobody quite sure how to react, the globe's population curiously, even numbly, go about their lives much as they always have...

For writer Cisco (Willem Dafoe) and artist Skye (Shanyn Leigh), a romantically involved couple, that means he continues to write and she continues to paint, only breaking off to make love and call up people on the internet video phone service which seemed to be getting a hefty dose of advertising by dint of its inclusion in director Abel Ferrara's end of the world scenario. For a lot of the running time 4:44 was a two-hander, or at least it would seem that way until you noticed they both spent a lot of time on this internet service chatting to those they could not be with at the finale, for whatever reason.

And then after an argument Cisco leaves to wander the streets, so the couple aren't even together for a stretch of what was a very short feature (around an hour and a quarter if you didbn't count the end credits), and a lot of that, some would say that bit too much, was taken up with stock footage edited into the action. Be it a poetic scene of nature, some street in crisis somewhere, or a dollop of an archived interview with the likes of Al Gore or the Dalai Lama, for a supposedly dramatic work this didn't half look like a collage of found footage interspersed with Dafoe and Leigh breaking up and getting back together again, then having sex with each other to keep the audience interested.

In spite of a sequence where Cisco witnesses a neighbour stepping off a fire escape to his suicide there was not an abundance of drama here, no matter the subject which you would think would be the biggest cataclysm in history but here is oddly shrugged off. It's not as if they were wrong about what was happening, but the budget was too low for a special effects bonanza so what you got was yet another montage sleepily playing out over images of the two leads looking contemplative. It was almost as if Ferrara had a forty minute movie but was forced by finances to expand it to a feature and the only way he could find to do so was to bulk it out with whatever he found to hand.

Not forgetting favours from a small selection of celebrity pals, so Anita Pallenberg showed up on a laptop to ramble about smoking to her screen daughter Leigh when you might have thought bidding each other farewell, tearfully or otherwise, could have been a more appropriate use of their their time. Natasha Lyonne was at a gathering Cisco winds up at, and Paz de la Huerta kept her clothes on as a passerby in the street, but more or less it was Dafoe and Leigh we were intended to concentrate on, which was tricky when the overall message appeared to be that if the end does arrive, there will be no proper response, and the futility of doing anything will quash any ideas of significance since there is no posterity to leave anything to. The tragedy of the younger characters seeing their potential snuffed out wasn't highlighted to any great extent, which left you watching Dafoe chuntering away to himself to no purpose, with only oblique references to religion to suggest this might lead somewhere. But it probably won't. Music by Francis Kuipers (who also appears).
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2954 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Abel Ferrara  (1952 - )

Controversial New York director whose films frequently centre around sex, violence and moral redemption, and often feature Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken or Willem Dafoe. Debuted in 1979 with the infamous Driller Killer, in which he also starred, followed by rape-revenge thriller Ms. 45/Angel of Vengeance. Several slick, less distinctive movies followed - Fear City, China Girl and Cat Chaser, as well as work on TV shows Miami Vice and Crime Story.

1990's King of New York was a return to form, while the searing Bad Lieutenant quickly became the most notorious, and perhaps best, film of Ferrara's career. The nineties proved to be the director's busiest decade, as he dabbled in intense psycho-drama (Dangerous Game, The Blackout), gangster movies (The Funeral), sci-fi (Body Snatchers, New Rose Hotel) and horror (The Addiction). He continued to turn in little-seen but interesting work, such as the urban drug drama 'R Xmas and the religious allegory Mary until his higher profile returned with the likes of Welcome to New York and Pasolini.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: