0731. The Quiet Earth (1985)

Excerpt: The Quiet Earth asks the question: what would YOU do if you were the last human being on the planet?  The first half hour of the film richly answers that question. As Zac slowly realizes just how profound his solitude is, he runs the gamut of possible responses. At first, he is practical, trying to reach out to other possible survivors through a radio transmission. Then he giddily trades in his mess of a motel room for an upper class house, and starts breaking classic societal rules. Inevitably, he faces the depression of being trapped in his solitude. Lawrence’s performance is beyond reproach here. He convincingly takes us fluidly from high to low and back again, from crazy to rational. As the (seemingly) last man left on the planet, he puts in a towering show.

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