Monday, December 28, 2015

The Last Movie Ever Made, by Charlie Jane Anders

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(SF) A weapon malfunction has left the whole world deaf, but teens Rock and Sally are still determined to make another independent movie to post online. (6,200 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"The Last Movie Ever Made," by (edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey), appeared in The End Has Come (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Rock's voice is hilarious. E.g. when "stuffed into a little cubby under the floorboards with no light and almost no air," he comments, "I was starting to freak out from the lack of light and air and entertainment options." His narrative is unquestionably the best part of this piece.

The story is well-written, and it's about Rock and Sally deciding on a topic and then making their last movie, so it does have a beginning and an end.

Con: But it meanders a lot. Also, it's hard to believe something could make the whole world deaf, but you'd expect more to be done with that idea. And we're told that things are continuing to fall apart, but that's also all in the background--not properly part of the story at all. The greatest catastrophe in human history is happening, but we're just watching the escapades of some kids who have zero influence on it all.

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