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4:44 Last Day on Earth
4:44 Last Day on Earth

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Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh
Mar 23, 2012
R, 1 hr. 25 min.

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Cast: Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne, Paul Hipp, Dierdra McDowell, Triana Jackson, Trung Nguyen, Anita Pallenberg, Jose Solano, Judith Salazar
Director: Abel Ferrara
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 25 min.
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Theater Release: Mar 23, 2012
DVD Release: Jul 17, 2012
Synopsis: In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They're in love. She's a painter, he's a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon - except that this isn't a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their last cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They - like the majority of the Earth's population - have accepted their fate: the world is going to end. -- (C) IFC

Critic Reviews

  • Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
    Though it gains traction toward the end, viewers may finally feel puzzled or indifferent. You expect a bit more from the end of the world.
  • Scott Tobias, NPR
    Rehashing old arguments in the hours before certain death is a tedious waste of time - theirs, and ours.
  • V.A. Musetto, New York Post
    If the end of the world was just hours away, would New Yorkers still be able to get takeout? Yes, if Abel Ferrara's mind-bending "4:44 Last Day on Earth'' is any indication.
  • Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
    Ferrara movingly celebrates connection, cooking life down to just its barest essence: a man, a woman and a need.
  • Scott Bowles, USA Today
    Ferrara doesn't give his protagonists room to do much beyond have arguments and sex (though the intimacy is shot well).
  • A.O. Scott, New York Times
    Your last day - or, as it happens, the whole planet's last day - will be just like every other one. Mr. Ferrara makes this point with ingenuity and characteristic thrift by using found news footage to provide images of apocalypse.
  • Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
    Dafoe, with his angular, ever-watchable Edvard Munch features, plays well off the impish Leigh, but sadly, they have little to do besides a "Last Tango at Armageddon" riff, albeit with a genuinely moving finale.
  • Sam Adams, AV Club
    The mechanics of the pending cataclysm don't interest Ferrera so much as the emotional stakes: How do people act when there's no future left?
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
    Ferrara's thin idea for a movie - life goes on, even when it's about to stop - would have been a lot better had he given his characters more to do.
  • Karina Longworth, Village Voice
    It's both chamber drama and experimental found-footage film, relying heavily on appropriated media to provide context and subtext to its disaster fiction.
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