What would you do, how would your behavior change if you’d know that you and everyone on Earth would die within a few hours due to an unavoidable catastrophe? Would you let your inhibitions fall down and commit vile acts of abominations no matter how vile society thinks it is? Or would you commit random act of kindness even at the end of the world? The answer may surprise you. This would be the ultimate test of what’s inside you, what kind of person are you at the bottom of your heart. Or find out whether you even have one.
These Final Hours is the toughest and saddest movie I’ve seen in a while. Not just because it pauses the above questions. It shows that lots of people simply don’t have the mental capacity to handle such an impending disaster. I am not saying that it is possible to fully comprehend it at all level, but based on one’s emotional intelligence and even capacity the reactions are on a wide spectrum. Many takes suicide path either in order to avoid pain or out of desperation or to have a control over how they leave. Others just go for whatever they want to do, be it the worst crime that social contract can define against other human beings. Then we have the protagonist who starts out as a selfish, unlikeable character, but then ends up spending his last few hours not just saving a young girl, but also choosing love.
The reason I found hard to watch this movie is the feeling I felt throughout that there will be no redemptive value in it. No matter what happens, humanity, including the hero will be gone by the end of film. The sense of “no future” was so pervasive, that it blocked me on multiple levels. I was wrong (spoiler alert) and in the end love came into the picture. It didn’t “concur all”, but it enabled people to connect and see beauty at unexpected places.