Abel Ferrera and Willem Dafoe Ponder the Last Day on Earth

Shanyn Leigh and Willem Dafoe in 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) Movie Image

It’s been a long time since I encountered a movie by Abel Ferrera that piqued my interest. His latest, “4:44: Last Day on Earth” is just such a movie. The film is about the end of the world, but of course, it’s not really about the end of the world. Abel Ferrera movies are seldom that obvious. “4:44” promise “a look at what would happen if everyone knew the world was ending.” Judging from the trailer and pics, that involves throwing yourself out of windows and having lots and lots of sex. I can go for that. The, uh, second part, I mean.

In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They’re in love. She’s a painter, he’s a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon – except that this isn’t a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come, not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors.

As always, there are those who, as their final cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They – like the majority of the Earth’s population – have accepted their fate; the world is going to end.

Starring Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta, Natasha Lyonne, Paul Hipp, and Thomas Michael Sullivan.

IFC Films will unleash the end of the world on unsuspecting moviegoers in theaters and On Demand March 23rd, 2012.