Welcome to another Friday Night Movie Recommendation! Today, I’ve got a pretty great movie for you to check out.
These Final Hours is a movie about the impending end of the world. A meteor has collided with the earth, somewhere in the mid-Atlantic, and the cataclysmic blast is making it’s way around the whole world until all life as we know it is wiped off the face of it. There is nowhere to hide, there is nothing that can be done, and, unfortunately, Bruce Willis won’t be saving the day.
The movies stars Nathan Phillips as James, who is looking to reunite with his girlfriend before the cataclysm reaches them in Australia. At the beginning of the movie he is with his mistress, Zoe, played by the beautiful Jessica De Gouw, who tells him that she is pregnant with his baby. He is torn but ultimately decides to go meet up with his girlfriend, Vicky (Kathryn Beck), who’s brother happens to be throwing the party to end all parties (literally).
The world has turned to chaos and all James wants to do is get to the party. There are carjackers, murders in the streets, the sound of gunfire everywhere and then… a young girl screaming. She has been abducted by a piece of trash whose plans are to probably rape her as many times as he can before the end. How do these people exist in the world? It’s truly disgusting. Having had his car stolen, James is faced with a choice. He can steal this pig’s van and drive away as quickly as he can, or he can save the girl. He proves himself to be a decent human being, rescues her and the two continue on together.
Aussie writer/director Zak Hilditch crafts a suspenseful drama that is as intense as it is powerful. James’ character is far from perfect but in the end, when everyone is deteriorating into the worst version of themselves, he is becoming his best. The relationship between James and the girl, Rose, is the heart of the movie and it beats strongly. This is in large part thanks to the impressive acting skills of Angourie Rice, who plays Rose as she desperately tries to reconnect with her father before the end. Philips also delivers an impactful performance as we witness his inner struggle to maintain his integrity while the rest of the world has apparently stopped caring about anything. There are a couple scenes that are emotionally exhausting.
Something that annoys me about this movie is that it is on Netflix and it listed Sarah Snook, who is The Unmarried Mother from Predestination, as the main actor. This made me even more excited to watch These Final Hours because I loved Snook so much in Predestination. I waited the whole movie for her to show up and then she was the worst part. Ugh. She had maybe 10 minutes of screen time and her character was crazzyyy… and not in a good way. The whole part of the movie that she was in was the weakest part. It seemed to drag on endlessly and the plot sort of froze for a while. Least favourite part of an otherwise, great movie. Very disappointing.
Overall, even though the apocalypse plot is something that has been done more than it’s fair share of times, it’s a fresh take on the genre and a well made film overall. I really loved it and would recommend it to anyone that likes these kinds of doomsday movies. Check it out and let me know what you think!
What would you do if the world was going to end in 12 hours?