Having sustained broken bones on several occasions, Thompson was left with chronic pain. The pain he suffered infringed on his fun. Freedom was paramount to him, and he saw his narrowing. In addition to heavy drinking, he was using painkillers. Thus, the man who was described at charismatic, popular, talented, impulsive, pained, insecure, anxious, tortured, and angry decided his time was up. He typed one word on his typewriter, “Counselor,” which to this day remains a mystery. On February 20, 2005, he fired his gun for the last time, taking his own life. He was 67 years old. His name had become much bigger than he was.
Hunter S. Thompson - His Final Hours also provides a look at what led up to that final shot, examining his past, and providing clues to what went into his self-destructive lifestyle. Was the death of his father when Thompson was a teenager what started his downward spiral? After his father’s death he began drinking and engaging in destructive behavior.
Were drugs and alcohol responsible for his declining writing ability? They surely played a role. I have seen five episodes of Final 24, a documentary series featuring some dramatization; Hunter S. Thompson is the least sympathetic subject of the five. No matter how brilliant Hunter S. Thompson - His Final Hours depicts him, we are still seeing a selfish man.
Hunter S. Thompson was a gifted writer, but as a human being he never made it past out-of-control adolescent. Hunter S. Thompson - His Final Hours details his successes and ultimate fate, and shows him to fall far short of the literary hero so many held in regard during his Fear and Loathing past.There are no bonus features.