I must start this short review with a disclaimer.
I love "end of the world" movies. I also love movies about "solitude", or take place in an environment of extreme "solitude".
These kinds of movies automatically contain endless possibilities for interesting, fascinating situations and behavior.
In this movie, two American tourists wake up one morning while on vacation in Iceland. They find no humans in their motel... or on the street... or in any of the shops... or on any roads. None. No dead bodies, just no humans anywhere. When they check the internet, they notice that no messages on forums or news stories exist after about 3:30am (their time).
At this point, I'm rubbing my hands together because this kind of setup inherently has endless fabulous questions to answer and possibilities. What happened? Where did all the human bodies go? What will they decide to do? Stay in Iceland? Try to find a way to get back to north America? Do they go to a radio or TV station and broadcast a message (continuously on a loop) asking anyone remaining to call them? No. That would make sense (if they want to find other humans).
All they do is wander around looking for other humans for a few days.
Then they do a bit of relaxing and driving around (like on vacation).
The couple are MORONS.
But they are geniuses compared to the screenplay writers! Nothing happens in this movie. They just wander around and repeat endlessly "I don't know what to do".
Almost at the end of the movie, when they go way out into the countryside to relax in a cabin on a lake, they encounter an old man who is still alive... barely.
Why is he barely alive? Who knows. They imply he is dying of thirst, but... give us a break! His home is literally 30 feet from a fresh water lake (and certainly has his own water well, since he is far out in the countryside).
So they give him some water.
A few hours later, he dies.
No reason is given, and in fact it is obvious that no reason exists for him to be sick or ready to die.
There was zero point in finding him... except to make the conclusion of the story INFINITELY STUPID.
Yes. The only real problem the couple has is... the girl is home sick. Never mind that nobody is alive back at home, so there is literally no point in going home anyway.
So the ONLY significance of the old guy they found was... what? It was to show them that OTHER LIVING HUMANS PROBABLY EXIST SOMEWHERE.
And so, what happens next? Does the girl get happy, excited, encouraged that other humans are alive and they can find them? NO.
She kills herself because she is lonely! Just after they find that at least a few other humans exist in the world.
STUPID. STUPID. STUPID. STUPID. STUPID.
She and her boyfriend had a great life. Everything in the world, including all luxury, was theirs to enjoy. And they were in Iceland where geothermal will keep the electricity running without attention for hundreds of years. And even if that didn't work, there were thousands of generators and thousands of gas stations with fuel to power them all over the island.
They had a great life... and she killed herself.
Then... what does the boyfriend do? He just drives away with a glum look on his face while all the credits rolled.
I mean... HOW STUPID.
Sure, he should be sad his moron girlfriend offed herself.
But... they can't just end the movie this way, right? After all, they just discovered there are more humans out there to find.
So please... at least have a twilight zone ending of some kind, right? I mean, maybe he doses off at the wheel then wakes up in bed and finds it was all a dream. Yeah, very lame, but better than NOTHING.
Or maybe all of a sudden all the other humans re-appear... maybe even driving on the road he is driving at the end. But no.
The credits end... the movie ends... that's it.
This really has to be one of the dumbest movies ever made. They could have done endless interesting, fascinating things with the setup in the first 15 minutes of the movie. But they did nothing.
TERRIBLE. 1 out of 10 stars.