While the film suffers some shortcomings most notably uneven pacing, a lackluster script and some minor sound issues it overcomes these limitations with its bleak, unrelenting point of view, gorgeous cinematography and clever use of sound effects and soundtrack as storytelling devices.
Vincent Price stars as scientist Robert Morgan, turning in an uncharacteristically low-key performance as the titular last man, slowly succumbing to madness in the face of complete isolation and the disappearance of everything he ever held dear. As he wages a futile battle against the undead legions that remain as the last vestiges of humanity, he discovers what he believes to be another survivor, a woman who is not quite what she seems. When her comrades come for him, the last man on Earth faces his last day on Earth.
Catch the film at 7 or 9 p.m. tonight at Muenzinger Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus. Tickets are $6, or $5 for students with ID. For more information, visit www.internationalfilmseries.com or call 303-492-1531.
Wed., Feb. 4, 7 & 9 p.m., 2009