Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Goodbye World (2013)

With the report coming out in the New York Times earlier today that there may be a terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear devise in Chicago, thoughts of Jericho immediately popped into my mind. After watching that series last year, I still get chills when thinking about it, and the way the military industrial complex was realistically portrayed as the enemy. With the apocalypse in my mind, I decided to venture into the rabbit hole, with the post-apocalyptic themed Goodbye World (2013).

Plot/ When a mysterious terrorist attack causes chaos in the cities; a group of friends take refuge in their countryside cabin. But the challenges of living in a post-apocalyptic world soon take their toll on relationships within the group.

This flick was definitely different from my usual entries, as it is more of a character study in a post apocalyptic society, than a true apocalyptic based movie. Yes, there are mentions and allusions to the end times, but those aspects are not central to the story. What is central to the movie is the different ways this type of event will shatter lives and relationships while secluded from populous. The performances are solid, the characterizations believable and the storyline was layered; featuring the subtle intricacies in relationships that can spiral out of control when faced with isolation. Yes, the dialog is uneven, there were some clich├ęd moments, and some of the movie was too predictable. In the end, this is one of the better (and only) dramas that I have watched in some time. It is entertaining and educational, and a movie that should be taken seriously.

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