8 January 2018

Los ultimos dios

Los ultimos dios 2013
  • Director: David and Alex Pastor
  • Based on the novel: no
  • Cast: Quim Gutiérrez, José Coronado, Marta Etura
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Marta Etura – The Impossible
  • Why? It sounded interesting
  • Seen: 6 January 2018

             It certainly isn’t often that we watch a film in Spanish but this one sounds like one we’ll like.
       Barcelona is in flames. People are sleeping, living, in high rise office buildings, taking turns dealing with…whatever it is.
       Marc is desperate to find his girlfriend and starts on a dangerous odyssey through underground tunnels as the lights go out and vigilantes take over the refugee camps in shopping malls, stations, any building that offers shelter.
       Flashbacks show how a global epidemic spreads – people are terrified of going outside and if they are forced to, they die. Marc is stricken with this lethal agoraphobia after having had a shouting argument with Julia, which is why they are not together when this disaster has gone so far.
       It’s exciting, realistic, imaginative – the bear in the cathedral is the best scene. The two main characters, Marc and his boss-enemy-travel companion-friend Enrique are interesting and a bit more complex than characters of most disaster movies. The problem is that it’s about two men, who despite their talking about family and feelings, are basically macho. The main woman, Julia, we see little of. Mainly she’s just pregnant. This macho-damsel aspect loses the film a star or so.
       Still the despair, fear, and end-of-the-world feeling creeps in and the ending is OK if a bit too feel-good. Ultimately, it’s quite a satisfactory film experience.

3 ½, almost 4 * of 5


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