Look, if you don’t want to hear a Gary Numan cover that includes translating the lyrics into French and using instrumentation including theramin and a rack of car horns, this may not be the blog for you.
The Last Days (Los últimos días), written and directed by David and Alex Pastor, 2013
What a pleasure! The Pastor brothers have done something genuinely fresh here. This movie is set in modern Barcelona, some months after the outbreak of a sort of global plague of agoraphobia, so severe the victims inevitably die within seconds of being outdoors.
But we don’t actually get any kind of info dump for more than half an hour. The movie starts by showing us the situation most of a year later, and all the ways people struggle to cope indoors and underground. (They can look out without the Panic gripping them, but that’s as far as it goes.) It’s tough. In the midst of this, a couple of guys at a software firm work out a way they can each go check on someone they love, and off they go.
I’ve long been a sucker for empty-city scenes. This movie has some great ones – Barcelona is such a beautiful city. But they mean something different here, because those buildings aren’t full of bodies, or zombies, but of people alive and…not well, but managing, who simply can’t go out under the sky anymore.
The protagonists are engaging, the production is wonderful, the music is great. I can hardly recommend this too highly.
Tally: 7 new, 4 rewatched, 1 dumped (earlier posts in this series are up on my Google+ stream).
I’ve set things up so that I need to manually approve the first comment by someone, and then they can comment away to their heart’s content. I apologize for that first-comment delay, but I think it’ll save me nuisance.
Markdown is enabled for comments (and posting, but that only matters to me). If you’ve been posting on G+ lately, same deal.
Once I settle in, I’ll be locking comments on posts older than a few weeks, to help manage spam.
Comments are not threaded, and will be on a single page, because that’s how I like it.
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