THESE FINAL HOURS | DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

THESE FINAL HOURS is one of my favourite Australian movies of the year, bloody loved it. But like most Australian movies this year it flopped because no one appears to like them and cinemas do not play them – most cinemas have generally become McDonalds movie houses now and they only serve large! Now folks, in celebration of THESE FINAL HOURS releasing to DVD on DEC 10th in Australia, and because I think more people need to see this movie, the fine folks at Roadshow Entertainment have given us 5x copies to giveaway on DVD. Revisit or read my review from July and then enter at the bottom. Rock on peeps – AND SEE MORE AUSTRALIAN FILMS!!! Do you buy local food and try and help the country? Same thing! JK OUT

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM JULY 2014

The first time I saw the trailer for THESE FINAL HOURS I was excited, could this be a commercial Australian film that actually would be properly mainstream and exciting? It had it all, action, apocalypse, good looking dude, good looking ladies, a fast car, tension, lots of death and a death wall of fire. JK was SOLD. I then got even more excited when I was invited to attend the Australian Premiere at Broadway that would be introduced by the lead cast (minus Angourie Rice as probably way too young to see the film) and brought Kernel Jack as my “date.” I then sat there enthralled for 87min running time = excitement was well worth it. This is one of the best Australian films in years, it will be bought on Blu Ray as soon as I can and I will see it again in cinemas. THESE FINAL HOURS is out this Thursday 31st July from Roadshow Films in Australia and is rated MA15+, you can also suss the website for the film itself HERE. If you are one of those “oh god no, not an Australian film” people that requires 100m tall monsters and colourful robots to buy a cinema ticket then I urge you to buy a ticket to this, you will love it. And hey, the death wall of fire is well over 100m tall and it kills all – take that Optimuszilla.

 

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THESE FINAL HOURS | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY JASON KING

THESE FINAL HOURS is a preapocalyptic piece of joy, there are meteors hitting the planet in an extinction level event. Everyone will die, the end, kiss your ass goodbye. The peeps in Western Australia know they have about 12hrs left and most have come to the acceptance of this. There is no Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck to the rescue with a spiffy Aerosmith soundtrack. There is no Journey to the Centre of the Earth for protection and re-surface a few years after to skipping through meadows. There is imminent death and destruction and the end of mankind (the planet would be cheering for this). These final hours are spent with one guy, a normal twenty something party dude, much hotter version of me in my 20s :).

James is by no means perfect, he has two girlfriends going, even leaves the pregnant one to go to his other party girl in these 12hrs, he takes drugs, drink drives and does a lot of normal things, someone in this time of their lives does (although drink driving is bad mmmmmkay). But this does not make him a bad person. Given, the drink driving is probably due to pending doom and the fact that most of the planet is in a state of anarchy for the final hours of life. The human condition and way of life is fucked. What would you do? James is petrified, he wants to be so fucked he won’t feel a thing, or will overdose prior to the end.

 

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THESE FINAL HOURS | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | JAMES (NATHAN PHILLIPS) AND ROSE (ANGOURIE RICE) OUTSIDE THE PARTY

 

On the way to get to his “other” girlfriend, James has his awesome car stolen from him and is nearly macheted to an early death. In trying to steal someone else’s car he hears the screams of a kidnapped young girl, I am thinking maybe 12yrs old. Some dirty asshole loser pedophiles have kidnapped her and intend to go out in the world off their faces and (you get it). James’ conscience kicks in and he has to decide, save his ass or do the right thing. And so begins the awakening and salvation of James’ soul.

James and Rose form the oddest of couples in a 12hr dash to get Rose to her father, get James to his girlfriend and to try and do the right thing. James never really tries, he constantly thinks of himself, but Rose is stuck with him and a loving companionship and an uncle type role of necessity, and sometimes fun, occurs in this end of days.

 

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THESE FINAL HOURS | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | JAMES (NATHAN PHILLIPS) AND ROSE (ANGOURIE RICE) INSIDE THE PARTY

 

This is a wise movie, it doesn’t need Hollywood budgets and huge special effects, it deals with the human condition in a doomed setting. They know they aren’t going to make it, every character you meet is dealing with their own pending death. This makes for an incredible bunch of characters and scenarios. People would pray, suicide, slaughter, party to death and basically go fucking mental. The visuals of the lady walking down the road with a “god” message painted on her was very striking, religious and unable to deal with the situation, I mean who could deal with this situation? The party is incredibly well done, a perfect scenario, the end of days party, with no holds barred, everyone off their face, screwing, Russian roulette, more drugs than can be imagined and random shooting, and then you take a 12yr old. Seeing Rose at this party and what happens with her there is incredible, I am so glad director Zak Hilditch went there, that would never happen in a U.S. film, but it suited the tone and theme and life experience, she got some in her last day. (It is probably not what you are thinking, see the movie, I have given enough plot away!!)

 

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THESE FINAL HOURS | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | FREDDY (DAN HENSHALL) AND VICKY (KATHRYN BECK) AT THE PARTY

 

Director Zak Hilditch (Plum Roll, The Toll) gives us an epic disaster film on a budget and brings more character development and real characters to the screen than most. The budget is used to its last lowly dime to ring out a film that looks like it was made for ten times the cost. The sets are used well, all mostly outdoors, or in houses, and the party got a lot of attention. There is the effective use of filters to just make you swelter with the characters, you can feel the Australian heat mixed with the planet about to burn up with James and Rose and you can almost feel the tyres on vehicles and sneaker tread melting into the asphalt all through the coloured filters. None of the filters are on the stills but the entire film is enveloped in an orange tone.

The acting is superb, cannot fault anyone. Nathan Phillips (as James) will break onto the international market after this. He was slaughtered in the first WOLF CREEK but I am pretty sure he can give Worthington a run for roles after this one. I will say I had one annoyance from him, I know the world is about to end, and the stress levels are high but his forehead is in stress scrunch from go to woe – it is like it is paralysed in a knot 🙂 But I saw the man at the premiere and it was very much relaxed. Oh yeah, the guy is drop dead bloody gorgeous in that bad boy way too. He will do well.

 

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THESE FINAL HOURS | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | JAMES (NATHAN PHILLIPS) AND ROSE (ANGOURIE RICE) IN THE CAR

 

James’ bad boy is perfectly complimented with the pure innocence of youth, naivety and cuteness from Angourie Rice’s Rose. What an incredible little actress. She was amazing, one bad thing that stood out – the epic crying scene – so obviously a fake cry. I know this can be hard to film and get out of a child actor but it was noticeable. Also the supporting actors, all brilliant. Dan Henshall was epic – that drugged up messy scene from him had me in stitches, it was over the top but oh so accurate, I have seen plenty of people like him at festivals, I am just stoked none of them had a gun. Also Kathryn Beck’s Vicky was great, she was so unlikable and skanky, you immediately knew she was one of James’ mistakes in life. One thing about all the drugged up people though, all their eyes were very clear, but it does nothing to detract from their roles.

I could babble on and on about this film. It is one of the best films from Australia in years. Get your ass to a cinema for this one, it will hold your attention from go to woe. Brilliant!

 

JK’s POP SCORE:

4 and a Half Pops

KERNEL JACK’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

 

With special thanks to Roadshow Entertainment to win one the 5X DVDs of THESE FINAL HOURS you need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flipboard or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage), you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer/s to the following questions:

What is the best apocalypse movie you have ever seen and why? I am going to do it – admit that mine is a toss up between Mad Max and Waterworld haha – I still love Costner and that movie!

If you do not have social media then get with the times – you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter on the website).

Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent after DEC 15th – moving this one quick! Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.