Goodbye World

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8

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  1. Aug 23, 2014
    Goodbye World crutches heavily on it's actors making the best of a bland apocalypse script that avoids any serious confrontation with the real world, leaving them to carry-on living their meaningless self-righteous lives in an isolated utopia.
  2. Jan 21, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Okay, what if you could combine the "Big Chill" formula (i.e., reunion/reminiscing/rekindling relationships amongst a bunch of friends after many years) tossed with the Post Apocalyptic genre sprinkled with some mumble-core? Why, you would get "Goodbye World", of course. Off-the-grid homeowner James and Lily host old college friends who coincidentally converge there just as American society begins to collapse. Is such a mixture of genres a good thing? Well, if you have characters you like and care about undergo the trials and tribulations inherent in a world without rule of law whilst engaging in mundane everyday talk (the essence of mumble-core), then the answer is, "yes". The problem however, is that the characters in this movie are so unappealing and annoying that I never was able to nor did I want to care about them--I was waiting for rampaging zombies or foreign invaders to thin the herd, but I didn't even get that satisfaction, as "Goodbye World" is not an action/horror/suspense post apocalyptic movie, but more of a film where we are expected to intently listen to the characters talk (and talk and talk), moving our heads to and fro trying to study them and empathize and invest our emotions. Based upon their chit-chat I was able to conclude that the characters: talk behind each others' backs, cheat, engage in one-upmanship, deal with ulterior motives, think only of themselves, live for attention, and steal teddy bears.

    Their actions are annoying too. Most of the characters (except three) are guests staying at the off-the-grid location. All they do is smoke pot, get into pissing contests regarding the past, skinny dip in the hot tub, snog immodestly, compare pubic hair grooming, sunbathe, and conduct themselves with no regard to the repercussions for the group's chi. Furthermore, their actions and self-absorption don't come off as authentic, what with the world ending and all. And two of the characters have intimate knowledge of the societal collapse occurring as well. I understand that no one is perfect, and that a well fleshed-out character is not one punched out from a cookie-cutter, but are we to believe that they are so self-centered that they disregard the bigger picture that looms over them? What about survival? Establishing order in their group? Assigning responsibilities? Protecting themselves from roving bands of brigands? Speaking of protection, our heroes only have a sole ancient (1880's!) Webley revolver for firepower. James even exclaims upon first seeing it, "How dare you bring a loaded gun into my house!". Seriously? I'd have given a heads-up. Was that gun a deliberate choice by the film makers, or a cut rate rental deal from the props department armorer? James prepped for everything, yet he had no arsenal at all. How could you plan to live off the grid, prep for the collapse of society, stockpile food and medicine, grow vegetables, and not have a single weapon to safeguard it? Perhaps he planned to "stone" his enemies, and I didn't mean throwing rocks.

    There is a high point in the film where the characters confront two soldiers who wish to use the home as a base camp, and are turned away, being reminded about the Third and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution (quartering troops and unreasonable searches). The actors did a commendable job considering the script handed to them, as did the director, cinematographer, and editing staff. But as with any failure, upon review you could say that something could have been done to rescue it, and this film is no exception. I would have rewritten the script, lessened the "mumble", and added more "core" and given the characters a little more accountability considering their actions and attitudes than what is finally revealed. The rivalries and ripped relationships amongst the characters are resolved at movie's end, but the emotional payoff is so minimal that I was left dissatisfied. It's like getting a Happy Meal without the toy,
    or a salad with blue cheese when you wanted ranch.

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Apr 4, 2014
    The strength of Goodbye World is that it understands the foibles of these characters and lets them be as flawed as they are while they are also trying to survive not just the apocalypse but each other.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Apr 4, 2014
    I am probably indulging in a rather obnoxious form of criticism-as-parlor-game-psychotherapy by positing that each of the three main white male characters in director Denis Henry Hennelly's Goodbye World is meant to represent a facet of the director himself. Unfortunately, such activity is about all the movie is any good for.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 3, 2014
    As these overwritten characters cope and make fresh romantic missteps, the movie cruises obliviously along, littered with glib dialogue and howler developments.