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quietearth [Celluloid 10.12.08] post apocalyptic movie news scifi

Bad news folks, the PA flick based on a script Dan O'Bannon (Alien, Total Recall, and much more) was supposed to write won't be getting made anytime soon. An inside source tells us that the script hasn't even been written and there are currently no plans for production, bummer! The film was to revolve around a disaster which wipes out 99 percent of the Earth's population. The near-total extinction of humanity in the year 2585 isn't an accident, but "mass murder". The film was supposed to be shot in New Zealand and the website for it is no longer live. Well this just plain sucks, someone fund this film!!

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PJ (12 years ago) Reply

Hope over Hell, 26 July 2004
Author: (thorn-19) from Virginia
This was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Instead of being yet another it's-the-end-of-the-world-so-let's-kill-everyone-left movie it beautifully illustrates human hope, self-realization and sacrifice.

We begin with Zac in his depressed, selfish self. On day one, we get a taste of how Zac must have treated the world when people were in it. Now that the people are gone a happier Zac moves through the Kubler-Ross stages, to the audience's amusement. Eventually he meets another person, a woman - Joanne. Joanne is the embodiment of nurturing, femininity and compromise, herself having been alone as long as Zac.

Once they find each other, Joanne and Zac form an alliance that quickly becomes romantic, quirky and easy. Then the third player arrives, Api, who seems far better prepared for living after the world has gone empty.

Two men and one woman - from the moment they all meet it's strained with only Joanne bridging the distance. Jealousy and suspicion begin, there are poignant examples of human frailty and attempts to reach out to each other, except with Zac. Zac knows something that neither Joanne or Api could possibly know and eventually, he has to tell them.

The tension of the living situation builds and hits an apex when Zac finally tells the truth, the horrifying secret that is not only the answer to how the people vanished, but to what is about to happen. The ending, Zac's decision to change who he was, to love Joanne and Api enough to put himself aside turns weirdly mystical in the final scenes.

Overall, the story is an allegory of what we do to ourselves, how we can overcome our tendencies for base, selfish behavior and learn to love. It's one movie I walked away from thinking about so much more then when I began it.


Adam Edwards (6 years ago) Reply

Short film (of the original material) will be lensed in early 2016. Cheers, AE

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