Last Man Standing

1996

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

54
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 37%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 52%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 48791

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Director

Cast

Bruce Willis as John Smith
Leslie Mann as Wanda
Lin Shaye as The Madame
720p.BLU
652.18 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
P/S 2 / 29

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Mad_Doctor_Tom 7 / 10

HMMM... WONDER WHAT CLINT EASTWOOD THOUGHT OF THIS?

Hard to believe no one reviewer made the connection between this movie, and the 2 I believe this to be remakes of sorts, 1] A Fistful Of Dollars -1964 & 2] For A Few Dollars More -1965., both from Clint's classic Man With No Name Collection.

If you liked this then you should watch the 2 originals along with The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly as well as Hang' Em High - 1968.

Looking forward to the thoughts of those reviewers and other after they watch the aforementioned Clint Eastwood movies and compare them to Bruce Willis' entry of Last Man Standing.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 5 / 10

Two sides to every war

Was not expecting much from 'Last Man Standing'. Despite a good cast on paper and a competent director who did generally deserve a better reputation, its reception at the time was mixed to negative and today is not much better (though as one has seen with many films audience reaction has been a little kinder to it over time).

Seeing it for myself when it aired last night, will admit to expecting the worst having heard more bad things than good. Including a long-running magazine that mostly gets a lot of respect from me when it comes to film critiquing, even when we're not always on the same page, that tore it to shreds. 'Last Man Standing' turned out to be a heavily flawed film and to me a not particularly good one but actually found it not that bad a film. Do agree with a lot of the criticisms against it, well almost all, but 'Last Man Standing' does have things in its favour (that have been mentioned in previous reviews here) and there are far worse films out there.

'Last Man Standing' does have good things. Personally thought the look of the film was good, not always attractive and often very darkly bleak but then again it's not an attractive story that it has, it's very stylishly shot and cohesively edited with costumes and sets that are both evocative and brooding. Nice to see mention of the music score, which is very soothing in the opening sequence and although relatively understated fits well, and of the beautifully poetic opening sequence.

Not all the performances are bad, though most are not great at all to put it lightly. Christopher Walken has a lot of fun as the villain and is rightly hissable, the best actor in 'Last Man Standing' by quite some way and one of few that seems to be trying. He is also a strong contender for the film's best assets. Bruce Dern also tries hard.

Bruce Willis conversely is a completely flat lead, he doesn't look interested at all and when he's trying to be gritty he has two expressions, those of looking constipated and looking like he's half asleep. Most of the supporting cast are completely wasted in severely underwritten roles that fail to stand out from similar ones of their kind in the genre. The narration has been universally panned and for good reason, it is far too over-explanatory, serves very little point and is delivered terribly.

After a promising start, 'Last Man Standing' has moments of tension and fun but mostly uses every Sergio Leone-indebted cliché in the book and drags them out until they are no longer interesting, the pacing suffers as a result with a lot of it being sluggish. The un-originality (with a strong influence of Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo') of the story can be forgiven, the dullness, ridiculousness and that it takes itself far too seriously with the bleak atmosphere often laid on too thick can't be. The script is stilted, especially the narration, the action occasionally excites but generally it's clumsy and pedestrian and the downbeat ending is so indifferently done, intelligence insultingly ridiculous and very anti-climactic.

In summation, not awful but not great or even good. A little better than has been reputed but to me it is very easy to understand the critical reaction. 5/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by rdnckmarine 3 / 10

Nothing more than a poor copy of "A Fist Full of Dollars" almost exactly

Though I thought the movie was interesting, the story line is so close to Clint Eastwood's "Fist Full of Dollars" that I'm surprised they didn't get hit with plagiarism. If you watched the two movies side-by- side you would see that they are so similar that it appears you are watching the same movie with different actors in a different time in history.

I guess we shouldn't expect anything else from Hollywood. Over the last decade they haven't given us anything but poorly done remakes of old movies. Movies that in their day won awards... Now, they are just looking to take you money. Sad.

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