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Last Sentinel

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Language, violence in ocean-set post-apocalyptic thriller.

Movie NR 2023 117 minutes
Last Sentinel Movie Poster: A military outpost in the middle of the ocean along with the tagline "Is there anybody out there?"

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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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