Thursday, 1 May 2014

Review: Los últimos días (The Last Days) (2013)

Los últimos días
IMDB rate: 6,0
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller

The Last Days is hardly a horror movie, but it is an interesting post-apocalypse movie. In The Last Days there's suddenly an invisible virus going around that causes great fear at everyone on the planet to go outside. Basically it's an extreme form of agoraphobia. 

Beware, there are a few spoilers below.

A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet. Humanity develops an irrational fear of open spaces that causes instant death. Soon, the world population is trapped inside buildings. As Barcelona descends into chaos, Marc sets off on a quest to find Julia, his missing girlfriend, without ever going outside.

Now with invisible viruses it's difficult to keep you're attention to a movie I think, especially with this movie since we've only witnessed one case that did go outside with his extreme agoraphobia. It's pretty much in the beginning of the movie and the guy was dragged outside. He was resisting so his adrenaline was very high, it wasn't too weird that he was actually scared to death. From this point on we never saw a mutual case again, at least not in the extreme form in which they died. 

The main character in this movie, Marc, only tried to go outside once and indeed he had trouble breathing. So for his mission he goes into the sewers to search for his girlfriend. And when he finds her, she's apparently across the street, where he can't reach her through the sewers. So he's forced outside, and while he has difficulties with breathing, eventually he makes it. Now I wonder what would happen if he would hold his breath and started to run? It's seems much easier. 

What I missed most in this movie were reasons behind all this. Why did all this happen? It started in Canada apparently, we know this from a video where a boy says that if that video would ever be released, it would happen to everyone. So it's some sort of spoken word virus? Is it in the air? I really have no idea where it came from and I think that's a shame. It would be very interesting to know more reasons behind the virus. 
It's not that the people are entirely afraid for the outside, because they can stand in open windows and in door openings. A better explanation would have been more satisfying.

The ending was a bit overdramatic, and in my opinion, a bit lame. While the movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where there are the predictable troubles it's actually a bit of a romantic movie. Sure, it has it's tensive moments, but not in a horror way. It wasn't scary in any way. 

It's an original movie, that's for sure. But the reasons behind it were too vague, better explanations would have been a huge improvement for this movie. The movie reminded me a bit of The Happening, since that's also something invisible. 

My personal rate: 6/10

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