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Last Days (2005)

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

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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.

Cast

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
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Critic Reviews for Last Days

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (38)

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.

September 9, 2005
Miami Herald
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A film about a junkie rock musician, played by Michael Pitt at his most narcissistic, doing nothing in particular for the better part of 97 minutes isn't my idea of either a good time or a serious endeavor.

Full Review… | August 13, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

While Last Days succeeds as a nature documentary, Van Sant fails to penetrate human nature. The result is a portrait without a face.

August 12, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Last Days will cast a poetic spell on some viewers, as it did this one, and will seem mind-sappingly boring to others.

August 12, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Last Days is director Gus Van Sant's meditation on the death of Kurt Cobain, and an extraordinary meditation it is.

Full Review… | August 12, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Last Days offers some insight into Cobain's final frame of mind, but balks at the gates of deeper truth.

Full Review… | August 12, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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 fall for this insufferably boring, self-indulgent joke.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

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

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