What're the chances of me reviewing two movies in a row that star Mark Webber? Technically he's not the lead in this film but his importance as a character persists (enough to warrant a mention, anyway). Tackling the collapse of American capitalist structure isn't much of an easy task, I'll give Dennis Hennelly, the director, that much. With movies like the Book of Eli and The Road associating large amounts of fear and violence into its very notion, it is strange to see a movie that goes down the opposite path. Not that this movie doesn't get under your skin at times... realism is still realism but is desperation so miserable?
The premise is only hilariously relevant in this motion picture. They call it the end of the world but it's only the U.S. (as far as we know) that's undergone a wide digital collapse. Pandora's box has been opened and society's comfort has burst the same way as Hannah's literal bubble (need to watch the movie to understand the previous sentence). Luckily enough, two couples, a securities expert, a congressional employee and a small girl have a small house in the Californian hills to keep them safe... that is until trouble comes to their neighborhood all the same.
|You're a terribly written character but you're so hot.|
This way the movie brings up important questions necessary to complement a serious back-story without having to lie on extremities on the side of horrors or absurd comedy. Isn't it silly we call it the end of the world when it's really a lapse in a very specific man-made theoretical anchor? Will everyone become prey to the militarisation of everyday or will dire times bring out our true nature; our inner drunks, inner leaders, inner optimists, inner sheep, inner rapists or even inner-vigilantes? The movie is definitely strange in where it decided to go story-wise but the underlying thought-provoking questions are still there- they're only wrapped up in a dark-comedic wallpaper and tied up in a chick-flick ribbon.
Also, Kid Cudi is in this?