“4:44 Last Day On Earth” – if it were only true [MOVIE REVIEW]
Watching this film makes you beg for either it or the world to end. In Ferrara’s interpretation of the apocalypse we will die of boredom – something that happens well before the end of the 85 very long minutes. His world ends with a whimper not a shout.
The less said about his two leads, Wilem Dafoe and newcomer (if this film doesn’t kill her career) Shanyn Leigh, the better. They may have been delighted to be allowed to improvise all their dialogue and actions, but when lines like “Al Gore was right.” “It’s going to be okay.” “How are you doing? and “We’re all going to die.” are the highlights, you are not in for a treat. Believe me, when a film has no script it’s not a good thing. And this film is lacking in the big three – no script, no direction and no interest.
Always known for self-indulgence, Ferrara has outdone himself here. That this will get a theatrical release is mind boggling – or, to be more precise, mind-numbing.
Go at your own risk but be forewarned. This is 85 minutes you’ll never get back.
Opening Friday March 23 at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex
Neely also writes a blog about writers in television and film at http://www.nomeanerplace.com