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Plot: A look at how a painter and a successful actor spend their last day together before the world comes to an end. Runtime: 85 mins Release Date: 06 Sep 2011
I loved this movie. Great plot, complex and psychologically encapsulating. My mind was blown. Our protagonist feels trapped at the beginning but we move with him through a 24 hour journey which includes resolving his faith, sexual orientation, and taste for non-fiction mediocre penguin books. Genius! In all I have never experienced a more fulfilling 1.7 hours of my life. The way the world is portrayed to end is amazing enough on its own. I have never encountered such an ingenious theory. So ingenious, I'd bet money that this is a plausible way for us to perish in the future. I recommend <more>
this film to all ages and profiles of people in the world with the exception of my uncle Gerald.
A realistic take on the end of the world (by riley_b7)
I think this movie deserves more respect than it's been given. With all the very unrealistic takes on the end of the world floating around this one actually tantalizes you with an all too realistic perspective.I have a feeling that those who gave it a low rating were expecting some huge dramatic, catastrophic ending. Instead, this movie focused on the lives of a couple of people and what they felt, did and witnessed with the knowledge that the world was ending.In short, it isn't for the lazy mind which doesn't want to think. You need to be prepared to place yourself in the <more>
characters' shoes and feel what they're going through.
"Anyone who believes in infinite economic growth on a finite planet is either a madman or an economist." - Attenborough Mankind works its way toward extinction in Abel Ferrara's "4:44 Last Day on Earth". The film made it onto several Cahiers Du Cinema "best film" lists, but is otherwise widely hated."Earth" opens in a spacious New York apartment, home to Ciso Willem Dafoe and Skye Shanyn Leigh , a couple of bohemian artists. As the world is going to end at 4:44am the following morning, our duo are in a state of anxiety. He mumbles to himself, she <more>
paints a gloomy Ouroboros snake on their living room floor, a dark, gaping maw at its serpentine centre.The film's first act watches as our couple squabble, make love and nervously await termination. Then they have more sex. Ferrara films these "romantic" sequences with raw closeups, lingering on flesh and open pores; bodies touch bodies, perhaps for the very last time.Counterpointing this "literal" connection is a colder form of digital connection. Loved ones "meet" on web-cams, talk on computer screens, including a Vietnamese delivery boy, who borrows a laptop to hastily chat with his family. Then it's back to work. Even on the eve of Armageddon, the poor seem busy. Cisco ashamedly gives the kid wads of now-useless cash.Ferrara tries to get political. Like Godard on a bad day, he cuts to TV screens and desktops, most of which show trees falling, fires burning or feature newscasters ruminating about ozone depletion. Al Gore, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela....they all make an appearance, public figureheads who chastise man and herald extinction. "Where are the experts?" Ciso fumes, beside the fake trees stencilled on his rooftop. "How's that 2 and a half percent feel now?! We're all gonna die! We're already dead!" Ferrara's "Body Snatchers" touched upon, vaguely, the linkages between capitalism, militarism and pollution. His later films would develop these themes further. "4:44 Last Day on Earth", however, is content to wallow in futility. The time's up. You reap what you sow. Karma has come for mankind, tenfold. A Buddhist monk offers a new course "Plant a different image in your mind and you can stop death!" as does Cisco "Take what you need, think of the others!" , but it's too late now. The tipping point has been reached.Ferrara's climactic annihilation is due to both the "ozone layer being destroyed" and some sort of "solar surge", but the film is uninterested in such details. Ferrara's climactic event is symbolic, not literal. In the real world, there is itself no single extinction day. As economist Bernard Manning says, "every day is another Armageddon". 100 species go extinct daily, biodiversity decreases and the poor die. Capitalism strangles slowly, breaks down, then starts again. Armageddon is continuous, uninterrupted, and well hidden. In one scene, Cisco watches as the Dalai Lama discusses greed and money. "Money is not the ultimate evil," His Holiness says surprising for a staunch Marxist like himself , but greed. This is a common sentiment, but it can also be argued that contemporary money is "literally evil", as many the dictionary definition of "evil" is: "ruinous", "harmful" and "causing of future misfortune" radical economists and even scientists Soddy, Einstein, Edison show: as all money is issued as debt at interest, it can only exponentially increase debts, it can only increase poverty/inequality, and contemporary money by its very design exists to redistribute energy from the bottom of society to the top regardless of individual morality, individual behaviour or its "type" of usage. Money is not an innocuous thing or as Friedmanites say, "superneutral" . It is an engine which exerts its own forces. Recent computer simulations Peter Victor et al , or even mathematical representations Adrian Dragulescu, Victor Yakovenko are themselves able to map money. They show that money, like energy, heeds the laws of conservation. Fast forward these simulations, and only two outcomes are reached: our economic system has to either plunge deeper into debt, or its source usually central banks ends up accumulating all money. Ceaseless consumption, production, death and expansion forestall these outcomes. Such things have led to even NASA jumping on-board the doom-and-gloom bandwagon. In 2014, Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centere, led by mathematician Safa Motesharrei, predicted "irreversible collapse" due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. Their report was ignored."Earth" ends with snippets from "The Hairy Ape", an expressionist play which starred Dafoe about a brutish labourer continually bamboozled by the rich. Ferrara's Cisco is in a way a modern update of "Ape's" lead, living a self-obsessed he's shaving hours before the world dies? , passive existence. If the film poses the question "What do you do when you know the world is going to end?", Cisco's answer is "wait in isolated privilege". His daughter plays video games as 4 o clock nears."Earth's" last act contains a subplot in which Cisco confronts his past drug addictions. Ferrara was himself an addict, and casts his own real life partner Leigh as Cisco's mate, lending the film an autobiographical quality, Ferrara contemplating his own mortality, and perhaps also New York's.Ferrara's New York is itself strangely quiet, recalling her tranquil 2003 blackouts. The city's inhabitants are alone, isolated, reduced to electronic ghosts talking on screen, and seem to accept death with calm and serenity. Last words: "All we have is each other, our time has come. We are all angels now." 7.9/10 – Worth two viewings.
This movie does a good job of picking one example of zooming in on how one couple will handle the end of the world. This does a great job of setting the mood and the behavior or the characters is spot on to how I feel humans would react. For those looking for a large amount of time spent on the how and the why you are wasting your time. The how and the why is not important at all and has nothing to do with the point of this film. The director does a great job of simply stating that the world is going to end and wastes no more than a minute explaining why. The plot has to get moving and the <more>
director does a good job of doing so. The point of this is to display how one may or may not spend the last hours on earth. One may take the fact that the ozone depletion being the reason and Al Gore being involved is a statement. The reasoning is insignificant to the actual meaning of the film. The point is to display a certain type of mood that the director had in mind, and he does a great job of doing so. Great job!
The only reason I bothered watching this is because Abel Ferrara directed it. It was really late and i figured this would be a decent movie to fall asleep to, but ended up watching the entire thing. I read reviews on here prior to my personal viewing, and think some of the negative reviewers completely missed the point of the movie. If you are looking for action it's not here, this is human behavior and psychology at it'z zenith, and last day. I couldn't help relating to some of the characters in the film, and I think some people out there will be able to as well. Ever wondered <more>
what the last day on earth would be like? This movie takes place in NYC, so imagine post-911 city dwellers last moments, you might find yourself not far off in your mental gleaming once you view the film. Maybe because it was late at night and I was somewhere between consciousness and unconsciousness, but the film was disturbing and some moments rather creepy. Highly recommended, especially with the state of the world and America today.