Welcome to Horrible Films for Horrible People! It’s been a while since I last did this segment but have no fear, Andrew Hyatt’s The Last Light is here to ruin your day like it did mine.
The Last Light follows seven survivors who have taken refuge in an abandoned hospital where they wait for rescue. As the viewer, we aren’t sure what exactly happened. However, as time goes on, we learn that the survivors have fairly hazy memories of how they actually go to the hospital. We eventually discover that no one knows the date or time. But an unknown event has unleashed a hoard of mysterious creatures that now run the outside world. Throughout the film, anyone who is alone dies, anyone who goes too far down the hall in the hospital dies, and anyone who wants to leave the hospital dies. Seems simple enough, right?
The Last Light has all the typical characters in it. The lead is a character named Jack, who is always wandering down a hallway with a shotgun. He’s the torchbearer of the group and a fair one at that. Then there is Noah, who is always in the basement wearing a leather jacket. Jeffrey wears glasses and feels he would make for a better leader than Jack. Harold is the sensitive writer with sad eyes. Jenny is very calm but always helpful. Ashley is the skank with even skankier lipstick. And last there’s Meryl, the crazy one. They are all archetypes and none of them are really developed in any way.
Just so you know, this is not an awesome zombie film. In fact, it’s not a zombie film at all. Nor is it a monster movie, I have no idea what exactly it is, other than awful. As the viewer, we never see the creatures, like not even a little a bit. Once the film was over, I tried to make sense of what I had watched but I came up with absolutely nothing. As best as I can figure, The Last Light is about keeping your sanity while dealing with the gloom of reality and your inner demons. However, it’s poorly paced and ultimately leaves the viewer questioning what the hell they just watched.
I have zero desire to watch The Last Light again. The acting is bad, the characters are little more than caricatures, it’s poorly paced, and you never get to see the monsters. I was left feeling like I missed something, but the fact of the matter is that I didn’t. This is absolutely one to avoid. Please save your time, money, and life and watch anything but this. You’re welcome.
WICKED RATING: [usr 1]
Title: The Last Light
Director: Andrew Hyatt
Writer(s): Andrew Hyatt
Stars: Edward Furlong, Ed Quinn, Jeff Fahey
Release: June 14, 2014
Studio/ Production Co: Fox Hill Productions
Length: 94 Minutes
Sub-Genre: Drama, Thriller