Ever Since the
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It is fair comment that the survivors are hardly a full spectrum of society - apparently, liberal Caucausians will be the dominant force after the apocalypse, along with cockroaches - and the cityscape is nowhere near as wrecked as it should be. If the population of San Francisco is now 186, that's about 800,000 corpses left unaccounted for. However, both are an inevitable result of the limited resources, and the story being told is still more than effective enough to pull you in. Particularly thought-provoking was the younger generation, who have grown up in the new world; their adaptability and lack of interest in how things "used" to be, has the strong air of plausibility. It's something that would make for a great ongoing series, the stories of all the characters and their interactions developing, and reacting to the problems everyday life now causes, internal or external. While it's not often that a film ends, and leaves us immediately wanting to see more, this one certainly did.
What we wrote then
As a result, the film is mostly a hugely convincing portrait of their largely-collapsed civilization, without much recognisable plot. Yet what it has, definitely works well, however, both the thread about a threat to the community from within, and their disastrous attempt to explore the surrounding countryside. This is not overplayed and, as a result, has more effective menace in five minutes than Blair managed from start to finish. After this was over, it was an enormous relief to walk out onto Sunset Boulevard and discover there were still people around. A.