Mar 072019
 

I so wanted to love The Last Mani but unfortunately due to a needlessly overstuffed plot spreading across different sub-genres, it never quite meshed very well but with some work, this could have been a solid film.

 

 

The Last Man
(2019)

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy, Drama
Lionsgate | R – 104 min. – $21.99 | March 12, 2019

Date Published: 03/07/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Rodrigo H. Vila
Writer(s): Rodrigo H. Vila (written by)
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Harvey Keitel, Marco Leonardi, Liz Solari, Fernan Miras, Justin Kelly, Rafael Spregelburd
DISC INFO:
Features: Trailer
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: 22.16 GB
Total Bitrate: 28.33 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Lionsgate provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 2.75/5


Plot Synopsis: Kurt (HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN) is a war veteran suffering from PTSD — where he sees his deceased best friend (JUSTIN KELLY) killed in action — coming home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, but local street prophet Noe (HARVEY KEITEL) says it will get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. As Kurt heeds Noe’s advice and readies for the apocalypse building a bunker inside his apartment, he meets sultry Jessica (LIZ SOLARI), his new boss’s daughter. Yet even as the planet falls apart, Kurt finds his life finally coming together.

Review: I recently watched The Favourite and whereas that movie I went in with high expectations and left being underwhelmed, I went into The Last Man, considering the history behind Grindstone Entertainment, with pretty low expectations and left actually rather frustrated because there was plenty of potential which never was fully utilized thanks to a mish-mash of genres that never gelled very well together: dystopia future, end-of-the-world apocalypse, film noir and war veteran drama. I’d say take out the whole end of the world aspect, including Harvey Keitel’s part, this might’ve made for an entertaining enough flick.

As it is, The Last Man is a mess of a film and considering Grindstone’s track record (see Dying of the Light and Exposed), it wouldn’t surprise me if the film underwent some changes; the editing on this one was choppy. It seems like Rodrigo H. Vila, assuming little or no studio interference, wrote and directed, didn’t quite know what his film wanted to be. Is it an intimate drama about a PTSD-inflicted war veteran? On that, there were some heart-wrenching scenes as Kurt interacts with his friend, dealing with his guilt. Then there’s the end of the world with an over-the-top Harvey Keitel which, as I mentioned earlier, was easily the weak link. Or how about film noir aspect with money going missing? That part was more of a hindsight inclusion into the plot, never really seeing the theft, though this part did lead into an almost horror like turn when Kurt is admitted into a mental ward. There were parts in each that I truly enjoyed, unfortunately the sum of all these parts led to a pretty poor movie.

On the plus side, outside of Keitel, the acting wasn’t bad. Hayden Christensen has proven himself to be a solid enough actor (which solidifies the issues with the Star Wars prequels wasn’t with him) and he worked well, even in only a couple of scenes, opposite Liz Solari, a Columbian born actress with a limited resume, and marked her American debut. While Solari is hardly phenomenal, I wouldn’t mind seeing more of her with a better script.

The Last Man in the end actually had some potential that, with a re-write or two to streamline the plot and mashing up of the genres, wasn’t actually terrible, especially when compared to some of the bland material that Grindstone normally releases, with few exceptions.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5


This release comes in a super-glossy slip cover and inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. The only feature is the Trailer (1:59; HD).

 


VIDEO – 4.75/5


Lionsgate releases The Last Man is presented with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer (MPEG-4 AVC codec). I was pleasantly surprised by the picture with its sharp detail and the natural film noise was intact. There was also a good array of colors and although there is a darker tone to the story and a good portion of the movie takes place at night, there are flashes of oranges and reds (especially in Solari’s hair) while skin tones are natural.

AUDIO – 4.75/5


Certainly not to be outdone, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is incredibly strong, even a bit too strong in some regards. Dialogue comes through with nice clarity, but where this lossless track really comes to life is during the apocalyptic storms which utilizes every available speaker with an extra boost from the LFE channel which does kick on many times. I was actually rather surprised that essentially a direct-to-video film could sound this amazing.

 


OVERALL – 2.75/5


Overall, I so wanted to love The Last Mani but unfortunately due to a needlessly overstuffed plot spreading across different sub-genres, it never quite meshed very well but with some work, this could have been a solid enough dystopian set film noir. This Blu-ray release offers up excellent video and audio transfers but a lackluster set of features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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