These Final Hours (2013)

These Final Hours
Director: Zak Hilditch
Writer: Zak Hilditch
Cast: Nathan Phillips, Jessica De Gouw, Angourie Rice, Kathryn Beck, Daniel Henshall
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[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Earth is dying and its final hours have arrived. Huge parts of it are already dead. In Australia, everybody is waiting and trying to fill those last hours. James (Nathan Phillips) is supposed to be at a party with his girlfriend Vicky (Kathryn Beck), so he leaves Zoe (Jessica De Gouw) with whom he’s been having an affair, despite the fact that she reveals that she is pregnant. But on the way to the party, James sees Rose (Angourie Rice), a twelve-year-old girl, being dragged into a house by two men and he can’t just leave her there. But after he saves her he doesn’t really know what do with her.

These Final Hours uses an old question – what would you do when the world was about to end? – and tells a compelling story with it. It might not be something we’ve never seen before, but it’s effectively told.

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Wolf Creek (2005)

Wolf Creek
Director: Greg Mclean
Writer: Greg Mclean
Cast: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt
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Liz (Cassandra Magrath), Kristy (Kestie Morassi) and Ben (Nathan Phillips) are carpooling together – Liz and Kristy are tramping through Australia while Ben just wants to get back to Sidney to his girlfriend. They have a long drive ahead and only a few sights they want to stop at. One of those sights is Wolf Creek – a meteorite crater in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately it is right there that their car breaks down. They are lucky though – or so it seems at first – when Mick (John Jarratt) picks them up and promises he can fix their car. But a night in a dead car in the outback is nothing compared to what’s in store for them.

Wolf Creek was ok. The acting was decent, the set-up nice but then I got a little bored by all the gore and torture (what a horrible sentence to write). It all got a little too much for my willingness to suspend my disbelief or to be interested at all.


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