The Last Castle (2001)
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Critic Reviews for The Last Castle
The themes that ring out most loudly in the end -- some men are just born leaders; others do best if they just conform -- are numbingly retrograde.
Devolves into a mundane warden-versus-inmate conclusion.
A heavy-handed military prison melodrama.
The Last Castle, while engrossing in parts, might have benefited from more pre-shooting talk about what makes an intriguing character -- and what makes a star performance.
Audience Reviews for The Last Castle
In a tightly controlled military prison things get tense between the by-the-book warden (James Gandolfini) and the new inmate, a battle hardened veteran (Robert Redford). The work is inconcievable from the first and unrealistic, and then it's predictable as everything, and manipulative in it's predictability. The players go for broke anyway, redeeming it somewhat.
What a load of American drivel, an uninspired prison flick that bores and irritates the hell out of you!
I usually like seeing movies where the underdog finds a way to triumph over the nasty villain, but this movie is a bit hard to take. In five minutes of movie time General Irwin goes from "Hmmm, we should overtake this prison" to the full fledged revolt overcoming guns, water cannons and helicopters.