The Last Full Measure

2020

The Last Full Measure

Critics Consensus

The Last Full Measure struggles to capture the incidents that inspired it, but ultimately prevails thanks to strong performances in service of a remarkable true story.

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THE LAST FULL MEASURE tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen (also known as a PJ) medic who personally saved over sixty men. During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in the bloodiest battle of the war. Thirty-two years later, respected Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman (Sebastien Stan) on a career fast-track is tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and PJ partner on the mission (William Hurt) and his parents (Christopher Plummer & Diane Ladd). Huffman seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger's extraordinary valor, including Takoda (Samuel L. Jackson), Burr (Peter Fonda) and Mott (Ed Harris). But as Huffman learns more about Pitsenbarger's courageous acts, he uncovers a high-level conspiracy behind the decades-long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman.

Cast

Sebastian Stan
as Scott Huffman
Christopher Plummer
as Frank Pitsenbarger
Jeremy Irvine
as William H. Pitsenbarger
Diane Ladd
as Alice Pitsenbarger
Amy Madigan
as Donna Burr
Linus Roache
as White Peters
Alison Sudol
as Tara Huffman
Bradley Whitford
as Carlton Stanton
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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (24)

  • Not bad for a regulation military movie, but I must confess to a wandering attention span; how else could I notice the cigarette that Jackson removes from the pack of Marlboros is an American Spirit?

    February 1, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The meticulous script and sensitive direction signal in Todd Robinson the virtues of a major filmmaker at work.

    January 27, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • It's very earnest and very safe. Everyone explains everything that they are thinking in the most poignant way every time. It is very predictable and expected.

    January 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A moving and powerful and unforgettable story about the Vietnam War and its aftershocks, in the tradition of "The Deer Hunter" and "Coming Home."

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer/director Todd Robinson spins this tale of heroism with a lot of purple sentiment but surprisingly little of the jingoism expected from a film like this.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, we're just meant to recognize bravery and salute. The movie's not strictly necessary for that.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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