Throughout the years we have seen many different depictions of the apocalypse. From aliens to fierce weather phenomenon to Satan to zombies, we have found multiple ways to fear and, in a way, prepare for the end of days.
The Last Days presents us with something new: fear itself.
The world has come down with a fatal case of agoraphobia, defined as fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult. This fear is most commonly known by its sufferer’s fear of the outdoors. This is referred to as “The Panic.” Anyone who dares step outdoors dies from fear.
Marc (Quim Gutierrez) has been trapped in his office building for months. In a desperate attempt to reach his girlfriend, he and his coworker Enrique (Jose Coronado) tunnel their way out and into the train tunnels to escape and find their loved ones without hitting the air above. Enrique has in his possession a GPS, which will allow them to find the necessary buildings without trial and error.
After a first-hand look at how horrible humanity has become in their attempts to survive, Marc and Enrique elect to travel through sewers and various buildings to reach different locations where they believe their loved ones to be, only to find disappointment and danger at every turn.
The Last Days gives an intense look at how fear can provoke fear. The news spreading the stories of people having panic attacks frightens viewers into the same fear, much in the way the news spreading stories about school shootings or terrorist attacks can provoke other shootings and bombings. We get a glimpse at how sensitive and easy to manipulate the human mind is.
The relationship between these two men with almost nothing in common is amazing to see develop as their lack of trust in one another turns into a friendship based on a single common goal. We get to see how two men who never would have been caught dead together find solace in one another’s company, proving that you never know who you will forced to rely on when the time comes.
The story line is captivating and intense. The acting is flawless and the soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous. If you are one of those people that hate subtitles, I would suggest sucking it up for this one because the movie is beautiful with a worthwhile message: If anything can conquer fear, its love.
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Ann Hale is the horror editor for Pop-Break.com and a senior contributing writer, reviewing horror movies and television shows. She is also the American Correspondent forLovehorror.co.uk. Ann attended East Carolina University, majoring in English Literature. She is a collector of Halloween (the film) memorabilia and is a self-admitted opinionated horror nerd. You can follow her, her collection and her cat, Edward Kittyhands on Twitter and Instagram @Scarletjupiter