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The Last Man (2018)

Kurt, combat veteran with PTSD and hallucinations, fortifies his home and builds a secret underground shelter due to doomsday like weather changes. He gets a security job to pay for it and his boss' cute daughter for company.

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Rodrigo H. Vila

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Rodrigo H. Vila, Gustavo Lencina (additional writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Christensen ... Kurt
Harvey Keitel ... Noe
Marco Leonardi ... Antonio
Liz Solari Liz Solari ... Jessica
Fernán Mirás ... Crazy Man
Justin Kelly ... Johnny
Rafael Spregelburd ... Gomez
Javier Kussrow Javier Kussrow ... Carlos
Luciano Suardi Luciano Suardi ... Dr. Gans
Justin Clouden Justin Clouden ... Hustler
Federico Arzeno Federico Arzeno ... Intern 1
Mariano Miquelarena Mariano Miquelarena ... Intern 2
Bradley Krupsaw Bradley Krupsaw ... Journalist
Gabriel Smith Lenton Gabriel Smith Lenton ... Kid
Garret McQuaid Garret McQuaid ... Kid Voice Over
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Tov Matheson is a war veteran with post traumatic stress disorder who perceives that the end of the world is coming. After establishing a relationship with a dubious Messiah, he leaves his normal life to begin the construction of a shelter underground and trains himself, in an extreme way, at the cost of everything in his life. When he also believes the Messiah, something extraordinary happens. Written by Niek Stapelbroek

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Para sobrevivir deberá vencer su locura. [To survive he must defeat his madness.] (Argentine release poster) See more »


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Rated R for language throughout, violence and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Argentina | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Luisana Lopilato was initially cast in the role of Jessica, but had to drop out after her son Noah has been diagnosed with liver cancer in order to take care of him. She was replaced by Liz Solari. See more »

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Um...What Did I Just Watch?
23 January 2019 | by TheMovieDoctorfulSee all my reviews

One of my most anticipated films of 2019 is sadly a dud. The film starts off with modern U.S Marines wearing World War II helmets and that really sets the tone for the rest of the film.

World building is exceptionally vague with hardly anything explained and character development is pathetically rushed and paper thin. Even with extensive voiceover, I could barely tell you what the plot of this film even was, when it took place or why the characters act the way they do. Worse still, I didn't care too. It feels less like a film than it does a collection of poorly strung together scenes tied around Hayden Christensen's impressively acted, but narratively useless, voiceover. I was getting Slender Man (2018) flashbacks watching this at points and that's not a good thing. You can really tell how much of a nightmare this was to make and large portions of the movie just seem straight out missing. Often times, characters will shift behavior and personality seemingly between scenes. Hayden's Tove begins the film as a physically vulnerable, washed up bum and then becomes a cold, efficient, martial arts mastering badass a scene later. Occasional exposition will be thrown in to give us at least a bit of context, but hardly anything that makes this any easier to follow or any more compelling from a story standpoint.

It's a shame, because there's a lot to like here underneath all the incompetence. Hayden Christensen's performance is genuinely award worthy, probably his best since Shattered Glass. I was shocked by the range of his vocal delivery, it's easily the most he's ever showcased, and his facial acting is equally nuanced. It's one of those performances like Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady or Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, where his acting clearly belonged in a far better movie.

Harvey Keitel isn't half bad either. He's at a stage in his career where acting is pretty much optional for him, but he genuinely seems to be trying here. He believes in this film and he believes in this character and he definitely commands the charisma and presence of a "dark messiah"-esque character.

The overall aesthetic of the film is excellent as well. The visual direction (mostly) looks better than most theatrical wide releases, really capturing the dark, Gothic feel of a Gotham City or Blade Runner-style LA. The musical score is one of my favorites in recent memory as well, evoking a very moody, ominous and intense tone.

Overall, The Last Man is a mess. It has plenty of positive elements, but they can't fix a broken and confused (If not outright incoherent) story and character development. It's worth a onetime watch just to appreciate Rodrigo H. Vila's inspired direction and the excellent lead performances, but it's not worth much else. I was frustrated with The Last Man and ultimately let down by it.


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