Nathan Phillips

Authenticity in 'Final Hours' lends an upside to doomsday film

In the grimly involving "These Final Hours," the fiery effects of a crash-landed asteroid are wiping out the planet and heading for their last devastating stop: Australia. And there's nothing anyone in the coastal city of Perth, where the film is vividly set, can do but wait. Oh, and go literally crazy.

At the center of the mayhem is James (Nathan Phillips), a broad-shouldered everyman with responsibility issues. In the beginning, he leaves the bed of pregnant girlfriend Zoe (Jessica De Gouw) to visit a second squeeze, the shrill Vicky (Kathryn Beck), who's busy partying like it's 2099 with her mohawked brother (Daniel Henshall) and a bunch of last-blast orgyists.


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