A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In a world full of conflict, the easy choice is to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, but we need one another to thrive and survive.
Positive Role Models
Jake is a dutiful son who takes brave actions, including following his instincts over his training. Henrietta shows compassion in helping a young man who seems lost, although her choices aren't wise.
Most characters are White, except for a minor character briefly seen in a flashback.
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Violence & Scariness
Several people are shot; some blood. Close up of a gaping wound. Woman is threatened with a gun and a knife at different times. In survival mode, a dad orders his son that if he encounters an intruder, "shoot them in the face."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Male character is seen completely nude from the backside on multiple occasions. Consensual sex scene includes partial nudity (male backside). Romantic feelings drive the plot.
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Strong language, including "s--t," "SOB," and occasional use of "f--k." "Jesus H. Christ" is muttered.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An injured character drinks whiskey to ease pain. Person enjoying an evening alone at home drinks what appears to be a cocktail.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Last Survivors is a post-apocalyptic thriller about the ways in which people isolate themselves -- physically and emotionally, literally and figuratively -- in an effort to prevent getting hurt. The characters live in an environment of shoot to kill first, ask questions never. Guns are ever present, and there's lots of menacing behavior, threats with weapons, and deadly gun violence, though with minimal blood. The main sex scene isn't graphic, but -- or perhaps butt -- co-star Drew Van Acker's naked backside is on screen frequently and extensively. An injured person without access to painkillers drinks whiskey. Occasional strong language includes "s--t" and "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Get ready to be sucked into this scratchy dystopian thriller. It could be called Jake: Portrait of a Survivalist, à la '70s-era films like Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic. Those movies were made as cautionary tales to teens, and, in an odd way, Last Survivors feels like one too. Similarly to a portrait, we see Jake clearly and brightly in the center, while everything around him is fuzzy. Then, as if the filter is slowly being lifted, the details surrounding Jake become clearer, until you're looking at an entirely different picture. And, post-apocalyptic stuff aside, this is really a story about a loving, trusting relationship between a dad and a son and how children see the world through their caregivers' eyes, as it's presented to them. You can interpret the movie on two different levels: for the story it presents -- which is pretty chewy -- or the metaphor it represents, and how that might apply to parents who are overprotective or insistent that their kids share their worldview.
Isolation is the movie's dominant theme, explored through its two older characters. Troy raised Jake in the woods without any other human contact; it was the only way he believed he could keep his son safe. When Jake must leave their remote compound, he spots Henrietta, who has chosen to live in self-isolation to escape the noisiness and confusion of the cities. The choices she makes defy any and all common sense, but if you can suspend your disbelief, the story's hazy edges start to clear. There's a May-December romance that might leave viewers examining their own biases but, again, have patience. They're all unexpected characters, and you're unlikely to have it all figured out, which is always refreshing. This indie isn't going to change lives, but for an evening of entertainment, it'll certainly give your family something to talk about.
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