Avan Jogia’s ‘Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse’ Concludes Tackling Famine and Death [REVIEW]

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28 Apr2016
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It’s time for the exciting conclusion of Avan Jogia‘s “Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse,” a short film in which he wrote, directed, edited, and co-starred in apart of digital platform VFiles #VFilesDirectorseries.

In “Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse,” Jogia explores the disconnect people have today with other humans and the complete obsession with social media and digital space. The first two parts of the short film follows Grim, played by  Landon Liboiron, who just died and is in a purgatory state. It’s the end of the world and Instagram won’t refresh.

There are very few people left after the apocalypse, but luckily Grim has Neon (Carlson Young) who may be his ex-lover, but he can’t remember. In fact, Grim can’t seem to remember anything: time, his previous life, or why Bones the Reaper Man (Jogia) is after him about some painting.

Photo: VFiles

Photo: VFiles

Episode three explores the theme of “Famine” in which Jogia puns the way food is consumed in society. It’s either very gluttonous or so ass backwards that people are concerned about the way the meat that was slaughtered to feed them was raised. My poor baby Neon still hasn’t connected to WiFi.

So where could this story end? In death. The fourth and final part of the short film questions what are we willing to do for the sake of our souls in the digital age.

With images of Heath Ledger and David Bowie flashing in some on the opening scenes on the final segment of the film, I feel “Last Teenagers” is subtly hinting at the legacies left behind in death. Oh and there’s an actual death that takes place cleverly transitioning from the disgusting sound, I must add, of ketchup falling from a greasy burger to the disturbing plunging sound and visual of blood splatter. Can you say Dexter anyone?

Photo: VFiles

Photo: VFiles

The final moments of the film puts Grim against his nemesis Bones in a battle for who will take over in the end.

“Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse” in its entirety can be taken two ways: either deeply disturbing or deeply deep. Or both if you really think about. We live in a society where we’ve become so numb to the basic interaction of mankind that we probably wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves if Instagram actually didn’t refresh. What Jogia does in this project is challenge the viewers to think about the way we are living our lives. This is in no way bashing the digital space, but too much of anything can be harmful. Be a digital drone in moderation.

Watch the final two parts of “Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse” below. Be sure to check out the first parts on the short film HERE. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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