After a mysterious event wipes our most of the population, one man inhabits the town he had been living in beforehand. But everything changes when a teenage girl shows up and he realizes he isn’t alone.
A Cliched Concept;
But Two Well-Acted Lead Roles;
Propel It Forward.
The post-apocalyptic genre is one that I will always enjoy, despite the cliches that tend to pop up most of the time. Makowski’s script has some of those same ideas, but takes things in an unexpected and refreshing direction in the third act. I assume there are those that found the latter portion of the film to he a turn off, but I was intrigued once things took a turn. There are some lovely shots and eerily beautiful cinematography, as one man contemplates his (seemingly singular at first) survival amongst an ocean of death, which he intends to literally put to rest.
Dinklage and Fanning are very good here, fixing different perspectives on loneliness and what it means to survive. The script could have developed those ideas a bit and expanded on them to greater success, but I don’t think there is anything outwardly wrong with letting people read between those lines on their own. Sometimes we can’t help but feel isolated, whether we live in a big city, a small community or, in this case, a literal ghost town. But how we strive to push ahead and make those connections is what matters, especially in the face of lost humanity.
But there is more going on here than meets the eye upon first glance. Without risking spoilers, the film also asks us whether it would be better to completely forget about past pain or whether the character those hardships build within us ultimately means more. Pain and suffering are vital parts of who we are. And who would we be without all the bad that comes with the good?