Owen Gleiberman
March 23, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

4:44 Last Day on Earth

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
82 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/23/12
performer
Willem Dafoe, Natasha Lyonne
director
Abel Ferrara
genre
Drama

We gave it a C

In Abel Ferrara’s unsensational, almost intentionally humdrum countdown to the end of the world (the last vestiges of the ozone layer are set to evaporate at 4:44 a.m.), a New York hipster (Willem Dafoe) skulks around his crimson-walled Lower East Side loft, makes love to his artist girlfriend (Shanyn Leigh), orders Chinese food, squabbles on Skype, and generally seems to feel…not very much. Ferrara’s thin idea for a movie — life goes on, even when it’s about to stop — would have been a lot better had he given his characters more to do. One of Dafoe’s deadbeat friends observes, ”The world’s been ending ever since it started, man,” and you may think the same thing about this movie. (Also available on VOD) C

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