The Last Man on Earth
|The Last Man on Earth|
|Directed by||Wayne Grogan|
|Produced by||Joel Schumacher|
|Written by||Not important|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios|
|Release date(s)||March 8, 2004|
|Running time||115 minutes|
|Box office||$385 million|
The Last Man on Earth is a 2004 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Wayne Grogan and starring Crispin Glover, Jennifer Aniston, Lucy Pinder, Amy Adams, Beyonce, and Gilbert Gottfried. It is a remake of the classic 1964 Italian sci-fi/horror film of the same name; it was originally written as a horror film faithful to the original, but once Grogan got ahold of the script he quickly changed it into what he described as an "action movie, with a little bit of suspense and substantial nudity." The movie is well known for its controversial scenes and sound mixing for which it was nominated for an Academy Award.
In the year 2068, a virus wipes out the entire male population of the planet. A narrator (voiced by Jeff Goldblum) explains that in this near future women have left the house completely. They no longer feel the need for men and traditional house wife duties, its become so bad women no longer even learn how to cook and thus order out every night or force their good-natured husbands to cook the meals for them while they go off and run companies in their pant suits. Due to this total lack of care for womanly duties when the virus hits killing all men they are unable to provide for themselves, after cutting themselves off for so long from men.
The all female population them becomes split on what to do. Some believe that they should start taking on the roles of men while others believe they should use science to create a new population of men and start over. As they continue to argue a war breaks out between the two sides. Unbeknown to the feuding women there is still one lone man alive on earth his name is Robert Omega (Crispin Glover). Robert for a reason never explained has survived the virus attack, but his fear of women keeps him from revealing his secret to the world. He spends his days hiding out in an abandoned Hooters Restaurant. Eventually he is discovered by a anti-feminist woman played by Amy Adams named Regina. Regina and Robert fall in love and then in an unexplained 15 minute overly graphic sex scene also map out a plan to escape to the one place not at war, Antarctica.
Trouble is brewing however, as the Queen of New Europe Ellen (Lucy Pinder) is gaining in power and has already taken over Asia. Ellen plans to take over the entire planet and banish science as she always hated men and sees this as an opportunity to guarantee they never exist. Her only true opposition is General Tanya Smith (Jennifer Aniston) who alongside Admiral Beyonce have been pushing back her attempts at expanding her empire. Violence ensues as Regina and Robert disguise themselves as sailors to escape to Antarctica, but end up in a large naval battle on the south coast of Africa. Beyonce is killed in the battle when she falls overboard and instead of trying to swim tries to protect her weave. While Beyonce dies her weave does manage to survive but decides to drown itself rather than live on without its master. This is often described as one of the more touching moments in the film.
Regina and Robert eventually make it to Antarctica but do not have proper clothing for the weather. Minutes from freezing to death they are rescued by a researcher played by Gilbert Gottfried named Sam. Sam takes the two to his lab and there for no reason at all attempts for a threesome. Once he is shot down, he explains that he created the man killing virus and that the only reason he survived was because he had the antidote. Regina is enraged and kills Sam with a pistol, by clubbing him to death. Robert and Regina embrace each other and decide to repopulate the world together, but before they can the lab is blown up by a rogue missile fired by Tanya. Regina and Robert are killed in the explosion. Later Tanya searches the rubble of the lab and realizes that her army has killed the last man on earth. Distraught she surrenders to Ellen and signs a treaty giving the world over to Ellen's empire. After signing the treaty there is a massive lesbian orgy featuring both armies. The final image is of Tanya Smith dancing drunk on the beach naked.
The Last Man on Earth was originally written as a horror project in-line with the original 1964 movie, but director Wayne Grogan felt that horror was too overplayed and thought audiences would respond more to an action movie with some porn elements. The writer was irate but the studio sided with Grogan primarily so they could see Amy Adams nude. The writer went to the presses about the change in hopes of creating bad publicity for the film but once it was learned that there would be lots of nude scenes the internet hype for the film shot through the roof.
Crispin Glover was chosen by Grogan due to his creepy demeanor and incredible Conan O'Brien style haircut. Glover was at first reluctant to play the role but eventually felt the script was right for him once he signed a contract worth $18 million. Amy Adams was already contractually tied to the script, of course she noted displeasure that her character changed from being a survivor of an atomic attack to a slut with an IQ of 85. Lucy Pinder was eager to make her acting debut and so signed onto the project fairly quickly. Though Pinder did voice concerns that her character who was once described as a rough and tough Queen Latifah type, turned out to be more like the boring and bland Queen Elizabeth I; in skimpy outfits. Beyonce simply signed on because she had always wanted to play an Admiral, as she was inspired as a kid by Admiral Ackbar. Gilbert Gottfried was the hardest person to get signed onto the film as Gottfried cited script issues and felt Grogan was too inexperienced for the project. There is speculation Gottfried only signed onto the role because Grogan promised not to reverberate Gottfried's voice in post production.
The actual shooting of the film proved difficult even with the budget. While Grogan denies it still to this day everyone on set agrees he was in over his head, and too dedicated to certain locations. Grogan for example demanded that they shoot a scene across the street from his ex-girlfriends house. The scene wasn't even in the script but Grogan demanded that they shoot the scene and while she was home with her new boyfriend Zach. Also Grogan wanted to shoot the Antarctica scene on location instead of the studio suggested Greenland. Grogan also demanded that he be the only one to view the sex scenes, and that nobody was to disturb him while he watched in private. Grogan wanted to limit the use of CGI in the navy battle scene but it would require $100 million more in the budget, the studio refused and Grogan was forced to use CGI. Later he often complained in interviews it hampered his creative mojo.
Marketing for the film was heavily based on selling the concept that Amy Adams and Jennifer Aniston would be seen naked. The target demographic was men from ages 16–95. There was a lot of cross promotion done with World Wrestling Entertainment and Spike TV. Billboards featured Crispin Glover sandwiched between Lucy Pinder and Jennifer Aniston. TV spots rarely featured Crispin Glover despite him being the star, and this confused many people into thinking the lead of the film was either Amy Adams or Beyonce's Weave. Crispin would have been upset but he was too busy partying on his yacht, bought from the money he made off the movie. The movie was released on March 8, 2004 to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the original movie.
Reception and awards
The Last Man on Earth opened to good numbers at the box office taking in $47 million in its opening weekend, despite critics universally bashing the film it went on to make a grand total of $117 million in the United States and $204 million internationally. If there was a calculator on hand the complete total gross would be known.
Critics hated the film: Roger Ebert called the film "Absolute rubbish, and by far the worst movie of the year." Richard Roeper joined in the chant and gave the movie a big thumbs down stating he'd rather watch puppies be drowned in a river of lava than watch the movie again. Ben Lyons stated that he felt the movie was only okay, but the nudity kept it from being a movie he could recommend as a rental. The Last Man on Earth currently holds a 12% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie was nominated for five Razzie Awards including: Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Supporting Actress for Beyonce's weave. However the film was also nominated for an Academy Award in sound mixing. Nobody remembers who won it instead, but we figure someone important in the sound mixing community. Whatever that means. The film was also nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Picture.
The movie was criticized heavily by feminists for the underlining message that women needed men to function properly and for its sexual objectification of nearly every woman in the film. Wayne Grogan shot back on an interview with Larry King where he stated that the message of male dominance was abandoned in the middle of the movie in order to make room for more cat fights and sex scenes. When pressed about sexually objectifying women Grogan just shrugged his shoulders and then made a rude comment about Muslim women.
Sunnyville Porn Industries threatened to sue Grogan at one point for apparently stealing the concept of their low budget porno Gangbang at the end of the earth but the group lost momentum and went bankrupt after their CEO maxed out their accounts paying for car repairs. Grogan also faced threats of legal action from Gilbert Gottfried who claimed Grogan had reverberated his voice during his death scene where he is clubbed with a pistol. Apparently Grogan felt that hearing Gottfried wail in pain for thirty seconds was too much for any sane person to bare and so edited Gottfried's voice with that of the narrator's Jeff Goldblum. Gottfried eventually dropped the charges after a rumored pile of hush money was sent to him.
There isn't much of one, it has basically become viewed as a porno with a plot. Its probably being played in some male dorm room right now or some weathered down apartment in the south Bronx.
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