Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Last Survivors (Dark Sky Films Blu-ray)

Sometimes the post-apocalypse doesn’t have to feel so fantastical that it almost seems to parody itself. Sometimes the very real need for uncontaminated water is all it takes to make enemies out of the powerful and the powerless. That’s where The Last Survivors steps into the game.  Rather than monsterific weaponry, dogmatic religious practices and spray paint on their teeth, the baddies in The Last Survivors are your run of the mill power mongers who check wells for contamination in an effort to consolidate power and force the weak into a state of servitude. The story is not new, but the real feel of the story is a fresh take on a now popular topic (non-zombie post-apocalypse).

Any movie like this deserves a hero or heroine and we get one. She’s damn good too. Some might even feel that this play off the success of Charlize Theron’s character in Mad Max Fury Road, but the two feel completely different. It’s a slow moving torg of a film that gradually wanders its way through the struggle of those on the fringe and introduces our power mongers in true form fairly late in the game. If you can stand the slow pace, the payoff is strong and satisfying with a desolate look that is far less imaginary; it feels like the real end of times.

Coming off a long run on the festival circuit and available on VOD, you can pick up The Last Survivors on DVD courtesy of Dark Sky Films now. Order from Amazon

From Dark Sky Films:

THE LAST SURVIVORS centers on a teenage girl fighting to protect the last working well in a drought-stricken land. At the edge of an expansive, dusty valley, all that remains of the Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth are some hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson of The Bronze, and ABC Family's Ravenswood) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was all lush farmland. It's been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away.

Kendal and her last friend on earth, Dean (Booboo Stewart, The Twilight Saga, X-Men: Days of Future Past) barely scrape by while dreaming of escape. Dean is ill and can stay alive only by drinking water regularly - luckily, he and Kendal have access to a special well with enough water for both of them. But when a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for the few cherished things she has left.  

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