Goodbye World (2014)
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If there are roving bands of rogue soldiers, angry and distrustful neighbors and biker gangs running convenience stores, would you be high and naked in the outdoor hot tub? Would you really be picking at old jealousies from the college days?
None of these characters really work as either representations of ideologies or human beings, and none of their female counterparts, despite the fact that the movie was co-written by a woman, are convincing ...
Obviously, the potential for shifting tones here is great; unfortunately, those tones shift rather erratically.
For all the outside threats and watchable cast members, the story falls apart from within.
An unconvincing, poorly conceived hybrid of end-of-the-world thriller and relationship drama.
Audience Reviews for Goodbye World
A Return to the State of Nature. Good Film! "Goodbye World" is a glimpse of the quick dissolution into the state of nature that occurs in human relationships when society collapses. Common to all works of literature and film that deal with the subject of societal breakdown, established conflicts emerge. These include: the desire to hold onto familiar societal values; the relevance of property ownership without governing bodies; at what point does cooperation impede on the individual's ability to survive; and the possible irrelevance of social contracts (marriage)without government. The film subtly captures the characters not just as victims of impending doom but friends and lovers with established and complicated relationships. These established tensions within the relationships serve as a medium to convey the philosophical quandaries that are inherent in the age old political question: What is man in the state of nature? It should not be expected that the rich characters would set aside relational conflicts as the world ends. Such disaster only exacerbates the problems within their relationships. But the aggravation of old wounds and amplification of competing attitudes just makes the ending all the more sweet. Each character must say "Goodbye World" to their old prejudices and paradigms to walk brightly into the future without "the world as we know it." James and Lily live off the grid, raising their young daughter in a cocoon of comfort and sustainability. When a mysterious mass text ripples its way across the country, triggering a crippling, apocalyptic cyber attack, their home transitions from sheltered modern oasis to a fortress for the estranged old friends that show up at their door for protection and community. The unexpected reunion--abundant with revelry and remembrances, generously enhanced by organic wine and weed--is quickly undermined by the slights of the past, the spark of lingering flirtations and the threat of a locally grown new world order. Balancing tense confrontations with slivers of levity, director ×Denis Henry Hennelly pinpoints a future where ideology explodes into action in every area.
Wow... at the moment only 25% on the RT... I am not sure what people expected, but this (post-) apocalyptic film was different from any other I've seen. Maybe the collage of different psychological relation dramas, presented during its duration, was not for everybody, but I would still expect that the number should be in the high 80%! Directing of Denis Hennelly was solid, and the screenplay written by him and Sarah Adina Smith was developing characters slowly but with speed good enough to keep everything together in suspense. Stars Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffmann, Ben McKenzie, Mark Webber, Kerry Bishé, Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Mescudi, Remy Nozik, Linc Hand and Laura Kachergus were mixed bag, but most of them did a good job! The story starts with an initially low-key cyber-attack slowing starts to hit the US, through a series of text messages that simply reads 'Goodbye World', but things soon start to descend into protests and anger on the streets. This all coincides with a series of old college friends (and lovers) congregating on a remote hill top country cabin in northern California, the home of James (Adrien Grenier) and Lily (Kerry Bishé, from Weeds) and their young daughter. James (Adrian Grenier) is telling us that he knew that the global collapse would soon happen... which is why he chose to move off of the grid. But soon, all his friends are there as well still not knowing of the attacks which started happening around US. James and Lily have an obviously rocky relationship, but most of the guests have their share of the problems! And all of those start crossing each other's ways... This movie premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and it received good reviews... I have no idea why almost every critic on RT hates is so much! Not everything in those relationships could ring a bell of something we witnessed in life, but as post-apocalyptic films go, it cleverly follows its own route from others that chart similar issues. Even with the naivety in the story this ends as a well-meaning indie drama which offers nice reflections on the nature of relationships, both old and new. Worth checking out.
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