Always good to see veteran director’s still working, and Abel Ferrara is about to unleash his latest work at the Venice Film festival in September. No stranger to exploring dark territory, this may well be an unsettling, depressing but very good end of the world drama. With Lars Von Triers Melancholia also focusing on the end of the world we are being spoilt for choice as to how we would like to see the world end this year. 4:44 Last Day on Earth stars the always brilliant Willem Dafoe alongside Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta and Natasha Lyonne. Here is the synopsis courtesy of Twitch:
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 final 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.
By Matt Wavish