These Final Hours is a psychotic thrill ride that never slows or dulls, and it's also one of the best films of the year. I'm not afraid to say that I love Australian cinema and 2014, as I constantly preach, has been our best year in a very long time. These Final Hours, like other films this year such as The Rover or Predestination, makes me proud to be Aussie. It's set in Australia, it was made in Australia and it stars Australians. It's a film that tackles the apocalypse in a mature and realistic manner, adding in a tonne of little details and reactions, such as a game of Russian Roulette as a party sport. It covers almost every type of reaction imaginable. There's the Christians, preaching to God. There's the party lovers, such as our protagonist, who insist on making the most of what they have left. There's a criminals, who go around committing their final crimes before its too late, and so on. It's a film with everything to give and nothing to loose.
It's a very character driven film, with three characters playing more important roles. While disaster is always coming, These Final Hours is all about the relationship between Nathan Phillips' character and Angourie Rice's character, as well as the more romantic relationship between Phillips and Jessica De Gouw. All three of these performances are powerful, Phillips in particular. He's tough, stern and makes for one hell of a protagonist. While De Gouw may not get an awful lot of screen time, her character is like the backbone of the movie. She holds everything together and she too gives a great performance.