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quietearth [Celluloid 06.23.07] post apocalyptic movie review



Year: 2001
DVD Release date: July 10th, 2007
Director: Calum Grant & Joshua Atesh Litle
Writers: Calum Grant
Cataclysm type: Plague
IMDB entry: IMDB
Trailer: link
Amazon link: link
Post apocalyptic concentration: 7 out of 10
"Mad Max" level: 0 out of 10
Review by: quietearth
Rating: 8 out of 10
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Key Characters:
Cal
Josh






Overview:
This is a fake documentary, set in San Fancisco, where 186 people comprise a small community. Set 12 years after the plague has emptied the world of people, a couple of guys rig up a camera with some batteries. Their project is to talk to people about what happened to them, to explore their world, and to leave a record of how they are living and what's important to them.



The Story:
This is a set of interwoven stories, some personal like the doctor talking about how they couldn't come up with a solution for the disease, which we never find out what specifically it is. We also hear from the trader, who, while on the trading floor sees an announcement of projected casualties of 110 million within the next 8-9 months.



There are also stories of the scavengers, who go from house to house looking for things, and the surfers who hunt and fish. The community has to deal with a problem person who has come back. The differences between the attitudes of the young and the old is also apparent. It puts a human face on those who survived, even going so far as to discuss those who couldn't handle the death of society.

I'd love to tell you more, but there's only so much you can fit in an hour and twenty minutes, and I don't want to spoil it. Just read the rating.



The Rating:
When I first got this and was flipping through it, I was thinking "oh this is going to suck", boy was I wrong. If you put this on the discovery channel and you watched it, you might think "am I looking into the future?", that's how convincing the acting in this flick is. It might even cause some type of Orwellian War of the worlds panic. This movie is a MUST see, it REDEFINES the post apocalyptic genre. My only complaints: It wasn't long enough, and we didn't get to see enough of the outside world. Someone please give these guys some money so they can make this a series! And in case your wondering, no, there is no homosexuality in this flick.

Special thanks to Chris at Cyan Pictures for the screener.

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Dogmeat (10 years ago) Reply

Loving these reviews, keep it up!

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quietearth (10 years ago) Reply

Sorry bigroblee, none of that here, it would jeopardize me getting screeners.

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Chris T. (10 years ago) Reply

The way u guys shot the movie, just dialogue between characters in simple but differing situations that were all connected through a few basic themes...BRILLIANT! However, as crazy as it sounds, what you have shown everyone, is a possible future. Lets hope what you've shown and what I've seen for the future, do not come to fruition.

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campbell (10 years ago) Reply

"My only complaints: It wasn't long enough, and we didn't get to see enough of the outside world. Someone please give these guys some money so they can make this a series! And in case your wondering, no, there is no homosexuality in this flick."

wait, lack of homosexuality is one of your complaints for the movie? i'm against homophobes as much as the next freethinker, but that's a new one to me. At first I thought you were trying to be funny. :

i'll definitely check this movie out, thanks.

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You. (9 years ago) Reply

What the hell do you mean with "no homosexuality"? What is it supposed to matter?

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JayCrisis (9 years ago) Reply

yeah i'd have to say the burial scene was amazing. Something you would only read in post-apocalyptic novels but movies can't find the time to rightfully capture

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Anonymous (9 years ago) Reply

this sounds very good, but honestly-- "And in case your wondering, no, there is no homosexuality in this flick."

Why would anybody be wondering that? Oh, because it's set in San Francisco? It seems to me like you're just as ill-informed about SF as the stereotypical homophobe.

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Jim (9 years ago) Reply

I live in the bay area, and whenever I go into the city every other guy is gay. I have no problems with it, but lets be realistic here, San Fransisco is SUPER gay.


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