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Initially interesting but ultimately fails to deliver and silly ending.
on 10 September 2012
**** WARNING: Big Fat Spoilers Ahead! ****
After the opening few minutes I thought The Last Seven would be something truly special. Sure, the deserted post-apocalyptic London backdrop owed more than a little to 28 Days Later, but this film seemed to be developing a creepy atmosphere all of its own. That is, until the rather heavy-handed direction and laboured script threatened to swamp things. The characters were all rather cliché'd, from the salt-of-the Earth squaddie geezer, the little girl lost, the reluctant captain, the mysterious foreign girl, the religious nutter, the terminally hammy posh guy and our podgy and bewildered hero. Oh and the least said about Danny Dyer as the most laboured metaphor for the Angel of Death ever seen, the better.
OK, onto the plot. So I'm sure most of us will have surmised that this is no dirty bomb aftermath and something supernatural is going on (well London can be purgatory at times, n'est-ce pas?) and things seem to fall into place with the flashbacks revealing that Isaac (Ronan Vibert of Borgias fame) turned suicide-bomber to revenge a government cover-up over the bodged rescue attempt of his hostage daughter. So far so good and it's all reasonably compelling and intriguing for most of the film, but wtf did that ending mean? Are they all in limbo? Why did only Chloe survive? (Or did she?). Sorry, but that Triangle-like time loop tacked on to the end just struck me as a twist too far and which made no sense whatsoever.
At least posh but sinister government honcho Henry (John Mawson) gets to utter the great one-liner "A simple allons-y would have sufficed".
As for the Blu-ray presentation, well it's not that great. Picture quality is generally grainy and little appreciable use is made of surround sound. The 'Making Of' feature is annoyingly self-congratulatory too.
Overall, just about worth watching for some genuinely striking shots of the deserted city and for making the viewer think about what's going on but, if anyone else out there can make more sense of that bizarre ending than me, I would love to hear from you so please post a comment after my review!