Friday, December 7, 2012

Jason slips into a Vortex and witnesses THE LAST DAYS OF PLANET EARTH

Well, this was a sporadically fun, mostly boring and incomprehensible bit of Japanese junk. A Japanese professor has studied Nostradamus and is convinced that his prophesies predict the end of life soon--like, in the 20th century soon! (Oh yeah, this movie is from 1974) And sure enough, mankind's meddling with nature is destroying us. You see, it all started with a plan for giant, genetically engineered rice, which leads to other mutations including giant slugs. No, wait, it has to do with radioactive clouds. No, actually we'll destroy ourselves (or, at least, models of all our greatest cities) through nuclear war. No, wait...seriously, wait. Can we decide on one single catastrophe that will destroy the earth. All this catastrophe-of-the-minute stuff makes the movie hard to follow. In fact, forget all the catastrophes, let's just jump forward to the post-apocalyptic mutants. That's the last few minutes of the movie and that's the part where it really started to get interesting.

Oh well, at least I got to hang out at the Vortex room and enjoy a martini. I think I'll do that again tonight. And then again Saturday night.

Running Time: 90 minutes
My Total Minutes: 307,131

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