Parents' Guide to

Last Man Standing

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent Prohibition-era gangster film has huge death toll.

Movie R 1996 101 minutes
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With its hazy, sepia-tinged lens, and helped along by the film-noir style narration, this Prohibition-era action-packed crime drama has the look and feel of a classic. Last Man Standing is unashamedly cinematic in that regard, playing up to it in a slick and confident manner. Released in 1996, Willis is truly at the height of his powers, in full flow as the gun for hire. Few actors have ever played antiheroes quite like he does, as he somehow keeps you on his side throughout, despite everything inside you telling you that he's a bad man.

However, the film does fall a little too lazily into gun shootouts. Where you may hope for a little more narrative exploration, or character development, large portions of the film are just spent watching men firing guns at one another. But the stylistic endeavors of director Walter Hill, as well as the supporting cast -- which includes Christopher Walken and Bruce Dern (not to mention a surprise cameo from Leslie Mann) -- ensure this remains on the right side of good, even if the characters do not.

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