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Last Days (2005)



Critic Consensus: While the minimalist style is not for all viewers, those who prefer experimentalism will find Last Days hypnotic.

Movie Info

Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning he returns to his house, an elegant, if neglected, stone mansion. Many people are looking for Blake -- his friends, his managers and record label, even a private detective -- but he does not want to be found. In the haze of his final hours, Blake will spend most his time by himself. He avoids the people who are living in his house, who approach him only when they want something, be it money or help with a song. He hides from one concerned friend and turns away another. He visits politely with a stranger from the Yellow Pages sales department, and he ducks into an underground rock club. He wanders through the woods and he plays a new song, one last rock and roll blowout. Finally, alone in the greenhouse, Blake will look and listen -- and seek release.more
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gus Van Sant
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 25, 2005
Box Office: $0.4M
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Ricky Jay
as Detective
Ryan Orion
as Donovan
Harmony Korine
as Guy In Club
The Hermitt
as Band In Club
Kim Gordon
as Record Executive
Adam Friberg
as Elder Friberg No. 1
Andy Friberg
as Elder Friberg No. 2
Thadeus A. Thomas
as Yellow Book Salesman
Chip Marks
as Tree Trimmer
Kurt Loder
as TV Voiceover
Rodrigo Lopresti
as Band in Club
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Critic Reviews for Last Days

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (42)

Van Sant's refusal to delve into his subject in anything but an abstract way renders the movie pointless and frustrating -- a lyrical, lovely tone poem, signifying little.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Last Days is a strange creature: it's an extremely abbreviated biopic with zero details, a tribute to a man and his music without a trace of his songs, a tragedy without an arc, etc. It's also dynamite artistry.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Wandering in a narcoleptic stupor, Pitt's junkie rock star is as much lost soul as tortured genius, and Van Sant refrains from tacky pop theorising or tired rock-crit veneration.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Yet another mass produced offering in to the thought process of deifying someone so asinine and melodramatic as Kurt Cobain...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Boring, self-indulgent and punctuated by Van Sant's trademark homosexual kissing scene, "Last Days" will make you wish that this were Van Sant's last movie.

Full Review… | April 15, 2009

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Full Review… | June 21, 2007

Audience Reviews for Last Days

If Van Sant's intention was to depict Kurt Cobain's last days as tedious and devoid of meaning as possible, he surely achieved what he wanted, but his biggest presumption was to believe that the viewers would all fall for this insufferably boring, self-indulgent joke.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


This is the final film in Gus Van Sant's so-called "death trilogy", and it's a tough one to sit through. But that could be said about several of his films, so I'm not sure why I'm stating it. Maybe as a disclaimer or something. This is basically a non-narrative, minimalist (plot, dialogue) piece about a burned out, lonely, and mentally isolated rock musician named Blake, and the last few days he spends alive before dying in a very ambiguous manner. The film is only very loosely based upon/inspired by Kurt Cobain, and what his last few days very may have been like. The pacing of this film is extremely slow, and very deliberate, Having a slow pace makes the film seem far longer than 96 minutes and a chore to sit through, and while that is true, it is also a good thing. The audience is forced to sit through the wandering, dull, random and basically pointless activities like laying around, walking around, mumbling to oneself, and doing nothing really in particular. This is a tedious film that's not for everyone, but it was purposefully made this way. It's an indie/arthouse film, not a Michael Bay blockbuster. It's hard to relate to Blake personally, but not his experience and the pain, loneliness, despair he feels. I applaud Van Sant for being bold enough to make this kind of movie just for the sake of making it. For me, the best parts come from the technical end (directing, editing, acting, camera work and music). This is not really that fun or pleasant an experience, but it's one that should be experienced at least once.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Van Sant's meditation loosely based on the last days of Kurt Cobain is captivating though in the end there is not much there.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Last Days Quotes

Blake: You know, it's kinda like... Success is subjective, you know. It could be an opinion.
– Submitted by Cody H (2 years ago)
Blake: I lost something on my way... to... wherever... I am today.
– Submitted by Sara G (3 years ago)

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