You'd better have a handful of happy pills and your Barney doll handy following this inspiring but depressing trailer for Abel Ferrara's new doomsday film, 4:44 Last Day on Earth.
Directed by Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) and starring Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh, the Manhattan-set indie dramatizes with somber reality the final hours of life as we know it, with some unnamed apocalypse descending at 4:44 a.m. (Wow, that's kinda early. Couldn't they release the Four Horsemen a little closer to 9?)
The end is near. Better hurry and go check it out ...
Here's the official death-sentence synopsis:
In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They're in love. She's a painter, he's a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon—except that this isn't a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their last cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They—like the majority of the Earth's population—have accepted their fate: the world is going to end.
Heavy stuff. Whether Earth's finality comes with a whimper or a bang, the premise of impending extinction is something we all ponder and play out in endless scenarios through comics, videogames and cinema. What would your final hours consist of when the clock winds down? (Besides the obligatory Alien quadrilogy marathon and all-you-can-eat rib fiesta, that is?)
4:44 Last Day On Earth opens in limited release on March 23.