The Living End (2008)
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Director Gregg Araki's low-budget road movie The Living End is a lovers-on-the-run film with a twist; the lovers are two young, HIV-positive gay males. Shortly after Jon (Craig Gilmore), a freelance film reviewer, meets enigmatic drifter Luke (Mike Dyti), they find themselves on a violent crime spree, heading for San Francisco.
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Critic Reviews for The Living End
It is visually vibrant (in a wonderful on-the- cheap kind of way). But its insightful fury is undercut by thrashes of immaturity. It's engaged with culture and angry at it.
Audience Reviews for The Living End
I remember really liking this movie back in the 90's. Was excited to see it on DVD for rental. Well, I have to say I had forgotten most of the story apart from it being a road trip movie about two men living with AIDS, so I was interested to see if it was as good as I remembered.
Though it's obviously dated now, I still found it quite compelling viewing with a unique style. Craig Gilmore in particular is great as Jon. Very sympathetic character. Won't be for all, is pretty bleak and confronting, but I found it worth the rewatch.
A gripping road trip with the unique angle of having two HIV positive men take to the road to come to grips with their unsure future. Very good.More
Araki brings great ideas to the table, but his execution leaves a lot to be desired. The two lead actors are consistently unconvincing, so their love story has no emotional resonance. Since the film relies heavily on a connection with the doomed lovers, the low performance quality hurts it badly. Nevertheless, it's very much a product of its time, and that works in its favour somehow. This is a cult classic with lots of bright possibilities, but most of them are unfulfilled.More
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