THE LAST SENTINEL
General Release 2007
93 minutes approx
Tallis - Don 'The Dragon' Wilson
The Girl -
Directed by -
Jesse V Johnson
Written by -
Jesse V Johnson
Man created the police drone and then turned him into an army. That army turned on its creator and human civilisation fell. Tallis is a survivor of the last great battle between man and drone and is living alone in an abandoned LA. A super soldier, he can survive where others would fall, but he has no purpose any more. That purpose returns in the shape of a woman, a member of the rebels who believes all the drones are controlled from a nerve centre located within the LA environs. If, together, they can track it down and take the computer discs from within then perhaps they can find a way to end the dominance of the drones forever.
There is absolutely nothing new about THE LAST SENTINEL. It's every thought is derived from somewhere else. The supersoldiers are straight out of DARK ANGEL, the drones are born of ROBOCOP and one man alone against a mad world is MAD MAX revisited. The again, THE LAST SENTINEL isn't about being original - it's about blowing stuff up.
Science fiction is a favourite genre for low budget movies and the lack of scale of this (only a few sets and locations, most of them clearly a film studio backlot) clearly gives away those financial constraints, but one thing that hasn't been skimped on here are the explosions. Oh yeah, there are a lot of explosions. If there's ten minutes that pass without something going up in a ball of smoke then we missed it. The action is what this film is about and there is plenty of it and, for the most part, it's pretty well-staged too, especially the full scale combat sequences where Tallis and supersoldier troops show what they can do. It's less successful when Tallis and his new gal pal take on the whole drone police alone and wreak some serious havoc and a few, yes you guessed it, explosions.
The big draw here on the acting front is Katee Sackhoff (look at that DVD cover) hot off her stint on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and she manages to sell her belief in what's going on pretty well considering her limited screen time. Despite what it says on the box, the main character here is Don 'The Dragon' Wilson and that's a bit of a problem because, whilst he comes across as lively and likeable in the behind the scenes documentary on the disc, he's pretty empty on camera. And he's on camera a lot.
The drones are also pretty disappointing being merely stuntmen (and women) in stormtrooper outfits painted black. Still they make for adequate cannon fodder and look cool when silhouetted in front of the ever-present explosions. The second generation drone also comes with a cool samurai sword attachment, but the final fight where one gets to use it is a letdown.
THE LAST SENTINEL isn't going to blow anyone's mind, but the more than competent action, and there is so much of it, means that for a Friday night movie with some friends and a six pack you could do a lot worse.
DVD extras include a behind the scenes documentary and trailer.Top
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