Too often veers into amateurish high concept TV movie territory (the score is particularly awful), and it has about two subplots too many, but the majority of it works, and when it does, it's powerful. By virtue of its premise it made me consider questions no other movie ever has. I started unimpressed, but it crept up on me, and the final minutes had me totally overwhelmed.
Watched this last night, heh. Was alright. I'm a huge fan of end of the world type films (& books) so I definitely dug the premise here. But while it had some very intriguing (and unique) ideas and things to say, I just found the execution quite pedestrian. Had a decided "made for [Canadian] TV" feel. Also, personally, David Cronenberg as an ACTOR, just never works for me. I keep thinking, it's DAVID CRONENBERG! :D
I saw this one when it was first released in '98 and found it excellent... having watched it again I'd say it generally stands the test of time. Yes, there are some not-so-great things about it: some of the dialogue is overly expositional and clunky, and the music is horribly distracting. But you've got to admit that that last scene is visually arresting and quite moving.
It's the last night on Earth and Don McKellar just wants to be alone. Of course, there are family obligations: his delusional mom is intent on recreating memories of yore by staging a phoney Christmas dinner. Meanwhile, Sandra Oh with her mysterious box needs to get home before midnight. Also features the always-cute Sarah Polley and a cameo by director David Cronenberg as a gas man (WTF?!)