Starring: Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffmann, Ben McKenzie, Mark Webber, Kerry Bishé, Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Mescudi, Remy Nozik.
Director: Denis Hennelly Duration: 1 hr 39 min
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Synopsis: Seven estranged college friends reunite at an off-the-grid house in Northern California after a mysterious mass text triggers an apocalyptic cyberattack. In the quiet moments between the cataclysmic events and the trials of survival to come, these friends have to figure out if they can live together and form a new community before interior fissures and exterior threats tear them apart.
I sat down to watch this interesting film, initially drawn to it by the title, then Adrian Grenier [Entourage, The Devil Wears Prada] and Ben McKenzie [The O.C.], and finally the genres of Comedy and Drama. The comedy element of the film is quite dark and cynical; just the way I like it.
The first few minutes were a bit confusing, but enough to spark interest in the 8 main characters, as the film introduces us to them, spliced scene by spliced scene.
The film is less of a focus on the apocalyptic cyberattack, and more of a character study on this strange group of people and their natural selfish nature.
I really liked the development of the characters. They seemed real, with proper flaws, rather than the usual Hollywood gloss and glamour. By the end of the film, I was still wanting to know more. I even had a moment of a shiver as I reflected on what I’d just seen.
The film ends up being an interested mash of Doomsday Preppers, The Breakfast Club, American Pie: The Reunion, Hackers and something that deals with cults…
The film does contain high drug use, with some amounts of nudity, sex scenes and violence.