The Last Drop Reviews
The weirdest cast ever...vampires,comedians,killers,Hollywood stars,unknown Brit actors and the worse acting...even the hottie Alexander Skarsgard could not save it.
The production team behind this movie must have learned everything they know about WWII in the European theatre from movies like "The Dirty Dozen" or other B-war movies made in the late 50's or during the 60's. I spotted many mistakes, mistakes that easily could have been avoided if they had consulted with someone - ANYONE with the correct technical know-how. For instance; the detachment of Allied soldiers uses the Sten Mk II sub-machine gun, no problem there as this cheap, mass produced weapon saw action in north Africa and most of Europe - but the ammo magazine IS NOT A HANDLE! Due to the recoil you're more likely to end up with the detached ammo clip in your hand after a couple of rounds. None of the Allied soldiers in this movie holds the sub-machine gun correctly while firing it. Another mistake is perhaps more of a continuity problem: When the Allied takes off from England in their Horsa-gliders; they are pulled by RAF Wellington bombers. But in the following (partial CG) clip the glider tugs have suddenly been exchanged for either the C-33/39 (Douglas DC-2) or the more probable C-47 (Douglas DC-3). Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd could have done with some more dialogue coaching as his native idiom sounded through at times to the verge of becoming comical. And what purpose did Michael Madsen's character have in this (at best) mediocre story other than securing a big name for the movie?
My favourite part in this movie was when one of the reluctant farm girls, kept to service the German troops guarding the treasures, secretly took a slash in the soup they later served to the unsuspecting soldiers. And a weasel, trying to play all sides in this story, had nothing but praise for the same soup when he too had some later on.
At the end of the day I found this movie to be more or less 1h42' of wasted time. The mistakes I listed here may seem petty, but then again there is no excuse for doing a half-arsed job. Do it right, or don't do it at all.
Low budget, low performance war film. I wouldn't recommend it.
The SS has orders to remove the contents to Germany. The Allied force uses German uniforms and a Luftwaffe plane in their attempt and are mistaken for the enemy when the American contingent arrives. The German rogue force elements run afoul of the Allied covert group, the Americans and the SS. The film climaxes as all converge in a mad looting free-for-all, with everyone attacking everybody else.
The tragedy is that so many such European treasures were indeed damaged, destroyed, stolen or lost in WWII. The Last Drop is a fictitious scenario about soldiers putting greed ahead of duty. The Last Drop too is concerning the issue of misidentification, second guessing and freindly fire that occurs in war when dereliction of duty or accidents causes deviations from plans.
Not a complete waste of time; there are a few alright moments.
THE LAST DROP gets off on the right foot with a exciting little battle between the Brits and the Jerries, but afterward the screenplay by Gary Young and Teague degenerates into a series of incidents as everybody tries to steal the loot. There is an amusing scene near the beginning when two Dutch woman prepare a tasty pot of hot soup for their Nazi oppressors and season it with their own urine. One S.S. officer raves about how delicious the soup is. It is difficult to tell whether the filmmakers are trying to treat World War II as an adventure or just a mediocre melodrama. The final quarter-hour is spent with everybody blasting away at everybody else as the Canadian pilot and other steal the seaplane. They save the loot, well, part of it anyway. Colonel Colt snatches the Mona Lisa and the renegade Germans break into the museum where the treasure is stashed after the war and rob it. Sloppy, half-hearted direction mars what could have been an interesting thriller in the vein of a Jack Higgens style World War II actioneer. The CGI of hundreds of planes towing gliders to Holland is visually arresting, but the remainder of this lackluster war picture fails to measure up. This is an amoral W.W. II movie where comrades on each side try to kill their own. Only World War II buffs will enjoy this and that is stretching the truth. Let us say that only World War II buffs will want to see it and then be depressed by what they have seen. One interesting scene shows a British soldier dripping morphine onto a cigarette and smoking it. There is no nudity.