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Last Ride (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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In Last Ride, a desperate father takes his ten year old son, Chook, on the run after committing a violent crime. As the two journey into the desert and an unknown future, their troubled relationship and the need to survive sees them battling the elements and each other. Chook eventually takes control and the choice he is forced to make has a devastating effect on both their lives. -- (C) Music Box Films

PG-13,

Drama

Mac Gudgeon

Oct 16, 2012

$5.5k

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

The Australian outback, the setting for most of Last Ride, an extraordinary film for which the locale is a quiet, almost secret catalyst.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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The title more or less gives away the film's design, but the predestined journey is taut and tragic nevertheless.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Both Weaving and the movie itself do manage to show that this violent, hopelessly damaged man yearns to be a father, but will never know how.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Mr. Ivin doesn't have a strong narrative line to play with or become distracted by, but he takes off on some lovely detours, whether he's narrowing in on Chook or going wide to take in the world that waits beyond.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Weaving, best known for The Matrix and the Lord of the Rings trilogies, brings subtlety and poignance to the hoodlum's mercurial character.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Ivin's film, based on a novel, becomes too melodramatic and bleakly obvious. Weaving, though, as always, is never less than magnetic.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Weaving carries the film in a rare lead role as a father who loves his son but has criminal tendencies that get the best of him. Tom Russell is subtle and effective as the boy who has to grow up fast.

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
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There were some clear issues with the story and characters that really needed to be addressed well before the cameras started rolling, but unfortunately director Glendyn Ivin and screenwriter Mac Gudgeon didn't do so.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

While the basic premise of the film is something of a cliché, the execution is nuanced and the two lead performances are never less than convincing.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

This curiosity about the main character -- and his major crime (which is revealed gradually) -- creates and maintains the lovely, looming suspense of Last Ride.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The remarkable landscape of Australia's outback [and] Weaving's paternal to scary on a dime performance makes [it] much more than a depressing story about an abusive father.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Despite its strong visual sensibility and performances, Glendyn Ivin's film gives into contrivance in its final act.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The performances are marvelous, expressing an enormous reservoir of suspicion and grief without bleeding into melodrama, preferring to expose naked emotion through looks instead of fidgety gestures.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

A sad, standout showcase for Weaving's talents as a man whose good intentions can't fix the fact that irreparable mistakes have already been made.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Father, son on a road to perdition.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

A beautifully drawn, moody film filled with poetry, as it describes the troubled relationship between a father and son. It is all at once a road movie and a coming of age story in which murder, curiosity and struggling to survive are key.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Glendyn Ivin's natural cinematic flair ensures the smooth transition from text to screen in a story that Mac Gudgeon has scripted with a sparse, raw, slow-burning dynamic.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Last Ride

In "Last Ride," Kev(Hugo Weaving) travels through Australia with his young son Chook(Tom Russell), even making himself somewhat presentable at a pit stop. That's maybe because their next stop is to see Maryanne(Anita Hegh), an old friend, who Kev tells his son not to let slip anything about Max(John Brumpton). In any case, she lets them stay for breakfast and she has sex with Kev on the condition that they do not stay any longer. Before they leave, Kev misleads her that they are going to Adelaide...

While not entirely anything new storywise and dragging towards its inevitable conclusion, "Last Ride" does have some things going for it like great cinematography, not only in everyday scenes, but also in how it captures the spectacular scenery of the Australian outback. The movie also has a fine way of gradually dispensing information and backstory.(Unlike say the impossibility of Charlie Rose being shown in a bar in "Breaking Bad.") And Hugo Weaving is excellent playing a mostly dispicable man(about 90 to 95% worthless, even after a revelation. Your mileage may vary.) who is in danger of passing down his violent ways to his son.(Chook using makeup and lipstick is harmless, so don't worry about it.) But Weaving is too good, leaning on Kev's worst traits which does not explain any attraction women have for him, nor any other kind of human being.
February 16, 2014
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Walter M.

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Visually striking and emotionally in tune, "Last Ride" takes a father and son road trip and puts it on the backdrop of the Australian outback. Not quite the normal road trip adventure, Kev (Hugo Weaving) is on the run from the law for reasons we're not privy to immediately while his son Chook (Tom Russell) is along for the ride, with nowhere else to go. Hugo Weaving dominates this performance, bringing to life this tortured ex-convict, who may be rough with his son, but deep down shows true affections. Tom Russell, a relatively newcomer to film captures the innocence and naivete of this role, but also grabs a hold of the tougher scenes and doesn't let go. There's a subtle nature to Glendyn Ivin's first feature length film, with a thin line between what could happen and what does happen as we travel across back roads with these characters. With one of the most gorgeous visual experiences laid out in the form of the vast flat salt lake, Lake Gairdner, "Last Ride" stays with you well after the credits roll thanks to cinematography from Grieg Fraser. Capturing one of the most brilliant and devastating endings to a film in recent memory, there's a poetic vibe that resonates from "Last Ride" and sets the bar indefinitely higher for future dramatic films.
August 4, 2013
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