Last Night (1998)
Critic Consensus: An engrossing, poignant film, Last Night examines the end of the world through humorous and thought-provoking dialogue.
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Critic Reviews for Last Night
For all its wry humor, it concludes as a heart-piercing affirmation of life and love in the face of death.
McKellar is a good storyteller, and he demonstrates a clever -- albeit dark -- sense of humor. But much of it goes for naught because of the movie's sterile patina.
Last Night succeeds where so many other films have failed because it concentrates on the element that its predecessors have ignored: the human factor.
Bare-bones filmmaking, Last Night is nothing special to look at, but it has a witty, trenchant script, lots of complicated characters, and a few actors who turn human frailty into something nearly sublime.
As the final hour approaches for the characters in Last Night, there are moments of startling poignancy.
Although Last Night eschews sentimentality, the situation is so extreme that there is ultimately no avoiding it. But the intense performances of [Ms Oh and McKellar] ... keep the suds from billowing into more than a few discreet bubbles.
Audience Reviews for Last Night
With great casting choices, and a premise that is shown in a way that no other film has shown before, "Last Night" shows why Canadian films have so much more heart than Hollywood pictures in this day and age. In this film, we follow numerous families as they are preparing for the end of the world, and even though it is kind of perfectly set up and there is no real anarchy going on in the streets, you can relate to every character and the end just may have you in tears. It is a very low-budget film with an engaging script. The cinematography was very simple, but extremely effective, and what really made the film a great one to watch, was the average atmosphere that is not too over-the-top as rich people are just killed off first. This is a very subtle film. It may not have the right feel in some portions of the film, and you can definitely tell when something has been staged, but I really really enjoyed this film! Definitely recommended!
"It's your last night on earth. Go out in style." A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.
At first I was totally underwhelmed, but this turned out to be a pretty good movie. It's basically about how a few different people choose to spend their last six hours on earth, which is about to come to an end due to some unnamed catastrophe. Interesting premise, interesting movie.
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