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End of the World

End of the World (2018) Movie Poster
USA  •    •  88m  •    •  Directed by: Maximilian Elfeldt.  •  Starring: Jhey Castles, Joseph Michael Harris, Evan James Henderson, Jacqueline Scislowski, Sallieu Sesay, Remy O'Brien, Steve Dellatori, Sharon Desiree, Crash Buist, Bernard Bullen, Lori Thomas, Joseph Serrano, Michael Varrati.  •  Music by: Christopher Cano, Chris Ridenhour.
       As mass of solar storms causes tsunamis, volcanoes, and flooding, a city-dwelling family attempts to flee to the relative safety of a group of high-elevation caves several miles away.


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Have made no secret in the past of intensely disliking, and even outright hating a lot, a vast majority of The Asylum's (near-universally maligned for good reason) output, though there is curiosity as to whether they are capable of making something good and compulsive about their output's badness. There is a small group of watchable films and the occasional (big emphasis on that word) above average one, unfortunately outweighed by the lacklustre at best and often dreadful films they churn out.

'End of the World' for me is very nearly at the rock bottom of the pack. Its sole saving grace is that, although very derivative and not that much different from other films in the disaster genre, it's not as blatant a rip off of superior films (even not good films that are ripped off look like masterpieces in comparison). That is the only thing that can be said slightly decent about 'End of the World', which still manages to be dreadful in every way with nothing really redeeming other than the odd unintentional chuckle early on.

Giving a film the lowest possible rating is relatively rare for me these days, trying to be a fair reviewer trying to see the good in everything viewed. That rating is only reserved for films etc. that look like no effort or heart was put into it and like nobody was trying, a cardinal sin in film but actually not committed all that often. 'End of the World' does commit that cardinal sin.

Visually, 'End of the World' looks incredibly cheap even for something made on a low budget. It has such a drab look and as an epileptic the constantly over-kinetic camera work and dizzying editing made me feel ill and queasy. Not to mention the continuity errors galore. Even worse are some of the most laughable and pathetic-looking special effects to be seen on celluloid, actually looking they were done as an afterthought and on the small remainder of the money they had left.

Can remember little about the music, which tended to be intrusive and little more than a repetitive slog that really should have been used less. Even for The Asylum, the script is so awkward, cheesy and utter gobbledegook that it is enough to make the toes curl in how awful it is.

There is absolutely nothing thrilling, tense, suspenseful, emotionally investable or fun about the story, or what little there was of it. The predictability may have been forgivable if the film was actually engaging let alone exciting but it fails to be either throughout, and even coherence is not always a strong suit and that's putting it lightly. 'End of the World' is incredibly dull throughout, with no signs of any real energy, and descends far too early into intelligence-insulting ridiculousness. Complete with unintentional humour because of the excessive cheese and increasingly irritating and illogical character behaviours that makes one endear to them even less in a film with not one interesting or rootable character. It may have been slightly entertaining at first but got tiring as the film limped along.

Amateur dramatics pantomimes and high school productions have better acting than the all-round poor standard seen here. It doesn't even have dependable actors trying to save it or ones giving career-worst performances going for it.

Summing up, dreadful, which is a word not used often by me these days.

Review by TheLittleSongbird from the Internet Movie Database.