Blu-ray Review: THE LAST MAN

THE LAST MAN (fka Numb) was directed by Rodrigo H. Vila from a screenplay he co-wrote with Dan Bush and stars Hayden Christensen who plays a vet suffering from PTSD who takes the advice of a street prophet – Harvey Keitel – and starts preparing for the end of days. The film also stars Liz Solari, Justin Kelly, Marco Leonardi and Rafael Spregelburd.

In this chilling dystopian thriller, Hayden Christensen plays Kurt, a vet suffering from PTSD who comes home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, no question — but local street prophet Noe (Harvey Keitel) says it’ll get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. As Kurt heeds Noe’s advice and readies for the apocalypse, he meets sultry Jessica (Liz Solari), who also begins to believe. Yet even as the planet falls apart, Kurt finds his life finally coming together.

The Last Man follows Kurt who’s been left mentally scarred from his tour of duty and the tragic things that happened around him during the war. The Earth has already suffered an environmental disaster as well as the war and now the street prophet Noe is warning that the end of days are near. The two become friends and help each other in their fight for survival and the preparation for what’s to come.

What happens is, Kurt falls for Jessica who also happens to be his boss’s daughter and then he gets blamed for stealing from the man – but he didn’t do it. Needless to say, Kurt and Jessica get separated and all he’s been trying to do is getting ready for the looming disaster predicted by his old friend but he gets roughed up by some nazi goons and has a few unfortunate stumbling blocks along the way but he finally gets a little help from a few allies and his able to get back to his bunker as the world ends around him and there waiting on him is Jessica.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Last Man follows a long line of apocalyptic thrillers and unfortunately it was just a mediocre watch at best. We get plenty of movies like this so it’s hard for one to some along and stand out among the others and sadly this one falls short of a memorable watch. The Last Man doesn’t have all the crazy visual effects that other blockbusters have had so it has to rely more on the performances by Hayden Christensen and Harvey Keitel who deliver some fairly interesting characters. So, what the movie lacks in one department it tries to make up for it in another and does an okay job at that. I guess the biggest problem I had with the movie is that it’s an extreme slow burn and I found myself drifting off a few times and that’s never good. Still, it has an interesting concept and I guess it’s good enough for a one time watch or filler time but just be warned it does drag at times. The Last Man will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on March 12th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The Blu-ray extras include The Last Man Trailer (01:59)

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