Director: Maximilian Elfeldt
Writer: Michael Varrati (Screenplay)
Starring: Jhey Castles, Joseph Harris, Evan James Henderson, Jacqueline Scislowski, Sallieu Sesay, Remy O’Brien
Plot: 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.
Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: End of the World starts with the first moment of destruction in a national park before we meet the family we are going to be following, Meredith (Castles) who has been studying the weather phenonium coming to Earth from a Solar storm, trying to warn people, her ex-military husband Sullivan (Harris) whose connections could help, but his rank means nothing now, they have two kids tech savvy Kirby (Henderson) and Sarah (Scislowski) who once the storms start, must find safety.
Meredith is with Kirby, looking to warn people, while Sullivan is guiding Sarah to safety with each natural disaster coming up against them.
Thoughts on End of the World
Characters & Performances – Meredith is the expert in weather, knowing there is going to be a solar storm coming to Earth, wanting to warn people, only nobody was listening, now she must try and save her family before it is too late. She does try to help people along the way, working with her son to try and make it to safety. Sullivan is the ex-military husband and father that uses all his skills to try and keep Sarah safe on the way to safety. Kirby is the tech expert that uses his skill when needed, even if they are just for the odd scene here and there, while Sarah shows the vulnerable sister and daughter that must learn more from her father along the way to safety. The main four actors do well through the film, it is everything you would expect without needing to do too much more with their roles.
Story – The story starts with the beginning of the storm coming to LA, which will see the family trying to go about their everyday routines, before needing to find safety when the storms become too serious, we mostly only follow one family that must overcome the different events to survive. This is disaster movie 101 if you have ever seen them, each family member has a different skill, which will become pivotal in surviving, with their skill coming in crucial at some point during the surviving, we do step away from the science talk and keeping the story on the just running and surviving idea helps everything out.
Themes – End of the World is a cheap sci-fi disaster movie, it does have plenty of escaping situations, it might not have the best supporting acting, with special effects that aren’t the best, but help keep everything feeling the cheesy level you would expect.