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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Like many post-apocalyptic movies, this one has a clear message about how humans mess up the world in terms of climate change, pollution, and waging endless war. The movie seems largely hopeless that anything can change, but it does also offer a glimmer of hope.
Positive Role Models
No real role models. Characters argue and keep secrets from one another, and no one seems to trust anyone else. Occasional violence. There's fighting about whether they should do their duty and remain at their post or abandon it and go back to their lives, with no clear answer.
The movie has four characters. The capable lead is a White woman (Kate Bosworth); she's teamed with a Black man (Lucien Laviscount) and two White men (German-born Thomas Kretschmann and Martin McCann, who's Irish).
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Violence & Scariness
Huge cannon fired out to sea, exploding a vessel. Threatening with gun. Character shot in ear; blood spurt, bloody wound. Characters shot and killed. Waterlogged dead body with bullet hole in head. Character hit in face with gun. Character hit in head with fire extinguisher. Character punched in face. Man tries to choke woman; he slams her down, they struggle, and she subdues him with an elbow to his face. Outpost rocked by huge tidal waves.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters kiss roughly. A woman removes her shirt -- her bra is visible. Sex is suggested but not shown. Dialogue about sex ("you're an easy lay," etc.).
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Regular use of "f--k" and "s--t" throughout. Also "motherf----r," "a--hole," "goddamn," "idiot." "Jesus" used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
A character keeps a Borg furniture catalog, tries to build his own chair, and quotes the Borg mission statement.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink hard alcohol in several scenes. One character gets very drunk and continues drinking, taking two bottles at a time from the galley. He's shown to be dangerous and unstable while drunk. (He's told to "sober up.")
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Last Sentinel is a low-budget post-apocalyptic thriller about a crew of four people stranded on a remote ocean outpost. It has its flaws, but it also has good ideas and interesting characters and is blessed with a terrific setting. There's plenty of violence, with guns, threats, shooting, and killing, as well as a blood spurt and a bloody wound, fighting, a man trying to choke a woman, characters getting hit with blunt objects, and more. Two characters kiss roughly and start to remove their clothing; sex is suggested. There's sex-related dialogue, too, in addition to the regular use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," etc. Characters drink hard alcohol in several scenes. One gets very drunk and continues drinking, carrying two bottles at a time. He's shown to be dangerous and unstable while drunk. Kate Bosworth stars. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Small in budget but large in ambition, this futuristic, single-space thriller has a few bugs, but it also has interesting characters, a few intriguing twists, and a great setting. It's the ocean outpost that's the real star of Last Sentinel: It's a creaky, weather-beaten, tin-can tower with many corridors and rooms, including a secret workshop. Director Tanel Toom, who received an Oscar nomination for his very good 2010 short film The Confession, uses the space well while keeping the geography alluringly vague. The 117-minute running time may seem excessive for a B movie like this, but Toom uses the time well, to establish character interactions among the strong cast, to slowly build suspense, and to create more room to unveil the twists. There are some clunky, buggy parts, as if certain bits and pieces had been ruthlessly chopped out (perhaps the movie was shortened before release?), but Last Sentinel is of sturdy construction and very much worth a look.
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