Last Embrace Reviews
Drink of choice: Johnny Walker
This is all Scheider. He IS this movie. From one shocking scene to another, this man who is under constant threat of being killed (or he thinks so), seeks just the comfort he needs from his young girl roomate. He lost his wife, now he is losing his mind.
Just incredible acting. An incredible film. Christopher Walken is so good too. A real plus in his short appearance.
Roy Scheider stars as a government agent losing his grip on sanity when his wife is killed and he becomes the assassins' next target in this frightening story that co-stars Mandy Patinkin and Christopher Walken.
But is he really losing his sanity?
Director: Jonathan Demme
Costume Designer: Jane Greenwood
Cinematographer: Tak Fujimoto
Editor: Barry Malkin
Screenplay: David Shaber
Associate Producer: John Nicolella
Production Designer: Charles Rosen
Composer: Miklos Rozsa
Producer: Michael Taylor
Producer: Dan Wigutow
The entire narrative itself is only a MacGuffin (to use a term Hitchcock used) to allow Demme to create set pieces that mimic those of the Master of Suspense - we get a shower sequence (ala Psycho), a pair of scissors (ala Dial M for Murder), a bell tower (ala Vertigo), a near fall in front of a train (ala Shadow of Doubt), the slow tearing of clothes (ala Saboteur), and even a climatic finish at a famous locale (here Niagara Falls).
This film was made with the Hitchock fan in mind and not as a standalone thriller, thus those expecting a cleverly original thriller will be disappointed. However, those that embrace the film's self-referential sensibilities will have a lot of fun noticing all the references, homages, puns, and inside jokes that the film offers. But you don't need to know Hitchcock to still enjoy the values of this film - it is still an entertaining, stylish, and suspenseful thriller that will surely please most viewers.