The Last Days

TheLastDaysSuggested by Brad Nelson • A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet. Humanity develops an irrational fear of open spaces that causes instant death. Soon, the world population is trapped inside buildings.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I found this movie at random on Netflix streaming (as of 11/22/14…these things tend to come and go on Netflix streaming). Or maybe it wasn’t at random. It could have been the product of “Because you watched ‘Big-Busted Waitresses on Skateboards’ you might like…”. You get the picture.

    This is a Spanish film. And the opening credits are nearly as long as the film. I’ve never seen so many “in association with” and “produced in cooperation with” credits in an opening. It’s almost a movie unto itself.

    And this is not to be confused with a sci-fi film. The premise of the movie is that for some strange reason the entire planet becomes agoraphobic, trapped inside whatever building they happened to be in when the plague struck.

    But the agoraphobia is more of a backdrop. It’s simply an excuse to have a kind of post-apocalyptic romp through the subways of Barcelona (or whichever city they were in). I’m really thinking “this is a film Timothy will be sure to love.” And I recommend it heartily but with the caveat that it’s more of an afternoon time-waster than great cinema.

    But there’s something about it that is very watchable. The main character is in cahoots with the man who was going to fire him from his job. Both band together because one of them has a GPS and another has other necessary tools or supplies. They plan on using the GPS to get to the younger fellow’s wife by going through the subways and sewers. The older fellow wants to get to his mother. So basically I admit it: This is simply a disaster film a la “The Poseidon Adventure” with a little sci-fi and post-apocalyptic thrown in.

    But combined with a reasonably good ending, it all works. What doesn’t work is the whole agoraphobia thing. It’s shown that cars are no protection against it even though when one is inside a car, one isn’t necessarily outside. The rules of this agorophobia are not explored in much detail.

    But you can be inside any building, no matter how glass-empaneled, and not matter now close to the window or edge you are. So I couldn’t help thinking while watching this, Instead of tunneling to the subways, how about building covered walkways to other buildings? And then maybe you could fool the agoraphobia virus (or whatever it is) and make these walkways portable? Or if cars don’t work, what about Winnebago-style motorhomes?

    Anyway, this movie is just a reason to have a night off from serious thought. The characters are surpassingly well-acted and compelling for what is a glorified B-movie, a Twilight Zone episode without the introduction by Rod Serling. It’s sort of a guilty pleasure thing.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Not that it much matters (we don’t have Netflix, nor any plans to get on it), but is it in Spanish (presumably with subtitles) or English? Of course, one can get a foreign-language movie done both ways, as I’ve encountered with Allegro Non Troppo (sort of the dark side of Fantasia).

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