Last Ride

2012

Last Ride

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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

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Critic Reviews for Last Ride

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (2)

  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Jeff Beck

    Examiner.com
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  • 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…
  • While the basic premise of the film is something of a clich, the execution is nuanced and the two lead performances are never less than convincing.

    July 24, 2012 | Rating: 63/100 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 16, 2014
    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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2010
    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.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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