Los Últimos Días

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Los Últimos Días
Losultimosdias film poster.jpg
Directed by
  • David Pastor
  • Àlex Pastor
Written by
  • David Pastor
  • Àlex Pastor
Starring
Music byFernando Velázquez
CinematographyDaniel Aranyó
Edited byMartí Roca
Production
company
  • Morena Films
  • Antena 3 Films
  • Rebelion Terrestre
Release date
  • March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20) (Barcelona)
Running time
100 minutes
CountrySpain
Language
  • Spanish
Budget€5.5 million[1]

Los Últimos Días (also known The Last Days) is a 2013 Spanish science fiction thriller film directed by David and Àlex Pastor.[2] The film had its world premiere on March 20, 2013, in Barcelona, and stars Quim Gutiérrez as a man who must deal with the potential end of all humanity.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Office worker Marc scavenges for food in a downtown Barcelona building that has been ravaged by a catastrophic event. Directed to the basement to help dig a tunnel, he almost causes its collapse as he panics over the fate of his girlfriend Julia, who was staying at his apartment at the time of the catastrophe. When they break through to a neighboring building, he meets Enrique, who tells Marc that they can talk later. A flashback reveals that Marc, working as a computer engineer, faced possible termination by Enrique. Afraid of losing his job, Marc resists Julia's desire to have children. The following morning, Marc watches a video of a teen who commits suicide because his father could not understand or believe in his acute agoraphobia.

In the present, three months after the unspecified event, Marc and Enrique discuss leaving the building together. Enrique, who has a working GPS device, requests that Marc not tell the others about it; Marc reveals that he has stolen supplies formerly owned by Rovira, a dead coworker. Enrique is initially dismissive of Marc's scavenged supplies and declines to partner with him, but Marc blackmails Enrique into helping him search for Julia. The two set out into the subway system, where a young pickpocket steals the GPS device. After a chase and fight over his possessions, Enrique kills Javier, the pickpocket's fence. Although worried that Enrique will continue without him, Marc is relieved to find that Enrique is willing to continue their partnership.

Another flashback shows that Marc's neighbor has not left the building for months. At work, Rovira, revealed to have been covertly living in the office, is forced to leave. Once thrown out, he convulses; when dragged back in, the convulsions end, but he still dies from the trauma. Discussing these strange events at home with Julia, Marc notices that increasing numbers of people are refusing to leave their homes. In the present, Marc grows frustrated with Enrique's refusal to reveal why he wants to go to the Olympic city with a bag full of seeds. When they believe they have reached Marc's apartment building, they blast their way in with explosives. There, they learn that Julia, now pregnant, is not in the building.

Flashbacks depict a growing trend of agoraphobia called "the Panic", a pandemic of unknown origin; sufferers die if forced to leave shelter. Julia and Marc fight again over whether to have children, and Julia accuses Marc of using the Panic as an excuse to avoid it. After Marc leaves for work, Julia refuses to speak to him, and he becomes stranded in the office building when he becomes agoraphobic. In the present, Enrique tells Marc that since they have reached his apartment building, he will no longer accompany Marc. Enrique reveals that he is attempting to reach the hospital where his father lives, which prompts the two to reconcile somewhat. At a church, a bear nearly mauls Enrique to death, but Marc manages to kill it. While the two eat the bear, they bond over their pasts and fears.

A group of survivors inform Enrique that the hospital burnt down; since his father was in a coma, it is unlikely that he survived. Enrique falls into a deep depression and gives Marc his seeds, telling him to find Julia and save the baby. On his own, Marc ends up in a shopping center where Julia worked. After a man is pushed into a fire, and thus catches the rest of the building on fire, Marc desperately tries to find Julia, only to be attacked by a savage-looking man; Enrique saves him but is severely wounded in the process, which he hides. Marc notices Julia in the opposite building. Overjoyed, he returns to tell Enrique and discovers his wounds. Urged by Enrique's dying wish, Marc crosses the street to be with Julia, though it nearly kills him.

Several months later, Julia gives birth, and they use the seeds to create a greenhouse. Over time, the child grows and is shown able to leave the building without suffering from the Panic. Marc and Julia watch as, now a teenager, he leaves with several other youths to rebuild civilization.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The Pastors announced their intent to film Los Últimos Días in 2011 at the Sitges Film Festival, where they presented a four-minute teaser trailer.[5] Filming took place in Barcelona on a budget of five million euros, which the Pastors stated would have had to have been larger if they shot the film in the United States.[5] Actors Quim Gutiérrez and José Coronado were confirmed to be performing in the film, along with Marta Etura.[6]

Reception[edit]

As of March 2015, Los Ultimos Dias received positive reviews with an 88% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on eight reviews. Dread Central praised the film's characters and visuals,[7] and Scott Weinberg writing for Fearnet, commented: "Taken a bit less seriously, or presented with a little less heart, The Last Days could easily devolve into something silly or (even worse) boring."[8] Jonathan Holland, writing for Variety, expressed disappointment over the film, as they felt the directors "[failed] to deliver on the promise of their 2009 English-language debut, Carriers."[9] Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, writing for Twitch Film, gave the film a mixed review and wrote that, while the film had several strengths such as the story and special effects, it was ultimately "entertaining enough, but not likely to be remembered."[10]

Box office[edit]

The film earned ¥11.46 million at the Chinese box office.[11]

Awards[edit]

Awards
Association Award Category Recipient (if any) Status
2014 Gaudí Awards[12] Best Cinematography Daniel Aranyó Won
Best Sound Licio Marcos de Oliveira, Oriol Tarragó, David Calleja Won
Best Make-Up and Hairstyles Patricia Reyes Won
Best Art Direction Balter Gallart Won
Best Production Manager Josep Amorós Won
Best Film not in the Catalan Language Multiple recipients Won
Best Special/Visual Effects Multiple recipients Won
Best Original Score Fernando Velázquez Nominated
Best Director Àlex and David Pastor Nominated
Best Costume Design Olga Rodal Nominated
Best Screenplay Àlex and David Pastor Nominated
2014 Goya Awards Best Production Manager Josep Amorós Nominated
Best Special Effects Lluís Rivera, Juan Manuel Nogales Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey. "Morena ramps up The Last Days". Screen Daily. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Spend Your Last Days Watching this International Trailer". Dread Central. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  3. ^ Rowan-Legg, Shelagh M. "New Trailer For THE LAST DAYS Intensifies Apocalyptic Chaos And Fear". Twitch Film. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  4. ^ Sewell, Anne. "'The Last Days' could herald a new era of sci-fi movies in Spain". Digital Journal. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b LLOPART, SALVADOR. "Àlex y David Pastor presentan en Sitges el rodaje de 'Los últimos días'". La Vanguardia (Spanish language). Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  6. ^ Vázquez, Blanca. "Un nuevo relato apocalíptico de David Pastor y Álex Pastor". La Republica. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Review: The Last Days (Los Últimos Dias)". Dread Central. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  8. ^ Weinberg, Scott. "Movie Review: 'The Last Days'". Fearnet. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  9. ^ Holland, Jonathan. "Film Review: 'The Last Days'". Variety. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  10. ^ Rowan-Legg, Shelagh M. "Frightfest 2013 Review: THE LAST DAYS Presents A Beautiful But Flawed Take On The Apocalypse". Twitch Film. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  11. ^ "末日浩劫". Cbooo.cn (in Chinese). 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Award winners". Gaudí Awards (in Catlan). Retrieved 18 February 2014.

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