Willem Dafoe & Paz de la Huerta Consider the Apocalypse in Abel Ferrara’s ‘4:44 Last Day on Earth’

With December 21, 2012 just on the horizon, movies about the end of the world seem to be popular right now. In 4:44 Last Day on Earth, Abel Ferrara of Bad Lieutenant infamy explores what would happen if everyone on Earth knew the apocalypse was coming, and how they’d cope. Led by Willem Dafoe’s existential angst, it looks to be what you’d expect from the man who once directed Harvey Keitel to masturbate in a car window for like seven minutes. "With these final minutes, it doesn’t matter where you live or how much money you have," a newscaster intones at the start of the trailer, "today we are all going to face the same fate at the same moment." (It’s not a comedy.)

Effusive praise from high-minded critical bastions like Sight and Sound and Film Looks accompany the trailer, which overlays dramatic religious imagery over a twangy, Western-influenced score. Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire) and Natasha Lyonne (American Pie) also show up because the end of the world isn’t complete without some intergender boozing, and what sex is better than apocalypse sex? Last Day on Earth is set to received a limited theatrical run on March 23.

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