Directed by Sean McGinly
Written by Sean McGinly & Karl Wiedergott
Starring: Paul Rudd, Adam Scott, Karl Wiedergott and Mark Phinney, and Donal Logue
Paul Miller, a self-described “failed actor,” sets out for his final act and his ultimate role: the last two days of his life ending with his suicide on tape.
Wow. So, it turns out that Paul Rudd is one hell of a dramatic actor. That’s saying a lot for the guy I picture at the mere mention of the words “Sex Panther”. Part dark comedy and part high-end drama, Two Days is a gripping film best watched on a bright sunny day, otherwise the film’s dark tone might have a lasting effect on you. This came up in my top ten on Netflix, I’d never heard of it, but it’s stocked with some of my favorite actors. Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Party Down), is great as the filmmaker with an added agenda that doesn’t match up with Miller’s wishes. Donal Logue shines temporarily in his small role as a semi-shady Hollywood producer, but it’s Rudd that demands your attention.
Paul Miller is an actor, rather a failing actor, whose talent is lost in the mass Hollywood sea of banality. Paul has decided to end his life, and he’s invited a documentary film crew to follow his last two days on the planet. Paul makes it clear that his actions aren’t a cry for attention, some kind of statement, or something treatable by common antidepressants; Paul legitimately means to kill himself. We’re introduced to several of Paul’s ex loves and friends along his path to suicide, most who don’t believe he’s really going to go through with it. It becomes painfully clear that Paul does intend to step into the unknown.
You might be wondering how this film review made it onto such a horror-heavy nerdist site, but we haven’t defined clear parameters for horror. The first act borders on dark comedy and it’s very clever. The remaining time is emotionally charged drama, that not withstanding, the act of planning and filming your own death seems horrific to me. Some scenes are hard to watch and that’s the point. Rudd delivers a brilliant and touching role as a likeable but damaged man at his own end. I cringed a few times as his friends and family came forward, pleading for him to reconsider. The viewer is teased with nagging doubt that Miller will actually follow through with his plans, and I won’t spoil it for you. The last ten minutes of this film are raw and visceral, Miller’s amplified heartbeat pounds loudly in the climax and unless you’re made of steel, yours will as well.
Watch the theatrical trailer here.